Grand Theft Auto Online is still going strong into 2021, especially after a boost from the Cayo Perico update and plans for a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series release coming soon. Unfortunately, if you’re looking to play with friends on multiple platforms, you’re out of luck.
Currently, you cannot play GTA Online on a PlayStation system with friends on PC or Xbox, or any combination of the three. While Rockstar has not explicity stated why this is the case, there are a couple reasons why we might never see cross-platform play.
While the PS4 and Xbox One versions are restricted to features that are included in the Rockstar-approved version of the game, the PC version is an open playground for mods. Rockstar has largely left this alone, and because of the rapid spread of mods, it’s difficult to avoid a PC experience in GTA Online without joining an open session that includes a player using them. This would create a wide imbalance between console and PC players, which could cause a technical headache if Rockstar ever considered crossplay.
Although it isn’t impossible that Rockstar could change their minds in the future, they’ve taken the same stance regarding their other multiplayer experience with Red Dead Online. It’s impossible to ignore the amount of money that GTA Online contributes to Rockstar and their publishers at Take-Two Interactive, and they’re unlikely to mess with success.