GTA Online release confirms micro-transaction amounts

Two tiny tweaks to real cash prices Eurogamer revealed last week.

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The release of GTA Online has confirmed the in-game purchases Eurogamer revealed last week.

Two of the real world cash amounts have been reduced very slightly.

The $200,000 Tiger Shark Cash Card, which we reported would be 3.49, is in fact 3.39.

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The Tiger Shark Cash Card.

The $500,000 Bull Shark Cash Card, which we reported would be 6.99, is in fact 6.75

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The Bull Shark Cash Card.

The $100,000 Red Shark Cash Card, which we reported would be 1.99 is indeed 1.99.

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The Red Shark Cash Card.

And the $1,250,000 Great White Shark Cash Card is 13.49, as we reported.

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And the Great White Shark Cash Card.

We've also discovered that GTA Online will actively point you to the in-game shop, as the below image shows.

"You can buy additional GTA dollars from the Xbox Games Store in the Pause Menu," a message that pops up in the top left-hand corner of the screen reads.

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Buy additional GTA dollars!

Rockstar has moved to reassure fans that the game has been balanced so buying virtual cash is not necessary to progress. However, paying for in-game cash will get you certain items quicker.

"You can either quickly accumulate cash through profitable activities like knocking over armoured cars, winning street races, doing stick-ups or a host of other cash-making endeavours," Rockstar said last week, "or if you're the completely instant gratification type, you can choose to buy denominations of GTA$.

"The game and its economy have been designed and balanced for the vast majority of players who will not buy extra cash. There is no in-game paywall and nothing that should disrupt the balance of the game. You don't have to spend real money to attain the cars, guns, clothes, flash and style of a high-roller in Los Santos, but can if you wish to get them a little quicker."

Money amounts in GTA Online do not correspond with that of Grand Theft Auto 5's single-player mode - where earning large sums takes time.

"The economy is balanced differently from the single-player economy, and cash earned in one cannot be taken over to the other," Rockstar said. "Most players will earn cash much faster Online than in Story Mode."

A number of upcoming content additions - what you'll effectively be paying for with those in-game cash purchases - have also been revealed. First up is the Content Creator - previously thought to be part of the mode's initial release. It will allow you to design your own deathmatches and races and also include, further down the line, a Capture the Flag mode.

Other upcoming content will include the Beach Bum Pack - containing four new beach vehicles, 300+ items of leisure wear and two new weapons, and Heists - full-on cooperative missions that will require planning and teamwork to succeed.

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