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GTA Online: Rockstar explains PS3 server troubles

on 2 October 2013

It's been a harrowing couple days for anyone with the free time and motivation to try playing GTA Online. The ambitious mutiplayer suite, which went live yesterday as a free title update to Grand Theft Auto V, has attracted millions trying to log in simultaneously. As a result, the servers have been hammered, blocking many people from gaining access at all. Even those able to log in have experienced bugs, crashes, instability, and poor matchmaking aplenty.

Rockstar assures us that it is working around the clock to improve playability, and a serious issue specifically affecting PS3 users has already been addressed. Here's what Rockstar had to say on this matter, which was preventing yours truly from playing the game yesterday, alongside other issues:

*For PlayStation 3 users, a PlayStation Network server issue was detected that was limiting the amount of possible concurrent users. This was preventing most players from accessing GTA Online altogether and as of this morning, that problem was resolved.

*There is an issue that is preventing some players from getting through the first tutorial mission across both platforms. Many players have been able to get through this with repeated retries, and we are working on unblocking this for everyone as soon as possible.

*This morning, we experienced some instability across the GTA Online services which is affecting even people who have progressed beyond the tutorial mission. We are identifying these issues now and are working to restore stability for users as soon as possible.

*For the time being and until we have been able to get everybody access to GTA Online and things are running smoothly, we have disabled the option of purchasable GTA$ cash packs. Players can however keep on earning GTA$ by pulling off Jobs and other profitable gameplay activities rather than purchasing cash packs.

For more information, hit up Rockstar's Newswire blog, where the developer will continue to update the GTA-starved as the online situation changes and progresses.

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