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The paymium prob­lem is most ev­i­dent on Xbox One, but is by no means exclusive to the plat­form. There is a huge dis­par­ity be­tween the econ­omy in GTAV and its mon­e­tised equiv­a­lent, GTAOn­line. Play­ers join­ing the lat­ter af­ter its Oc­to­ber launch found they’d have to grind jobs and death­match ses­sions for many hours to level up to get bet­ter weapons. Sony has been slower to adopt the model, but Gran Turismo6 al­lows play­ers to buy de­sir­able cars and up­grades rather than earn them. The sys­tem is subtly in­te­grated through the GT Store, but the prices are steep: a 7m credit pack costs £39.99. In­fa­mously, a GT6 Jaguar XJ13 costs just un­der £120.

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