PSA: Grand Theft Auto Online now available, kind of

Grand Theft Auto Online has launched, and it has predictably hit a few snags. Rockstar has acknowledged server connection issues and in-game freezes, among others.

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We've seen plenty of games get slammed when it comes time for sudden demand for online services, so when it comes to Grand Theft Auto 5--a game that has broken sales records--it should come as no surprise that it's hitting similar snags. The online mode launched early this morning, and already Rockstar has issued a list of common bug complaints.

In a blog post, Rockstar lists the current status issues it is looking into. Many users are unable to get into a game at all, given errors to connect to the servers, host, or join sessions. For those who can get in, GTAO is apparently freezing on the first race or failing to start a job. The Social Club features have also been impacted, suffering slow loading and failed logins.

Rockstar did seem to see this coming, as a post from last week included plenty of language about "growing pains." In personal experience, the PlayStation 3 version allowed me to toy with the character creator and make my criminal avatar, but otherwise refused to connect to the server.

Once the rough edges get smoothed out, GTAO will include races, sports, and some missions, with capture-the-flag and heist missions to be added at a later date. Of course, given the sheer size of the GTA5 audience, it's hard to guess how long it will take Rockstar to get it up and running properly for all users.

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    October 1, 2013 9:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, PSA: Grand Theft Auto Online now available, kind of.

    Grand Theft Auto Online has launched, and it has predictably hit a few snags. Rockstar has acknowledged server connection issues and in-game freezes, among others.

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      October 1, 2013 9:10 AM

      BS. I'm still waiting...

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      October 1, 2013 9:31 AM

      I was just running around in the world. After winning my first race, I was ahead then the other guy slammed into me. But then he crashed into a bus coming out of the tunnel. Uh can we use our private plate in GTA Online? I don't even see a option for it in the garages.

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        October 1, 2013 9:32 AM

        Then for some reason he kept killing me after that. I went to the store and he comes in robbing the place and kills me, after beating me to death before then.

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      October 1, 2013 10:12 AM

      Ugh I got a bad sport, I seen this purple car jumped in drove around then made a jump and landed in the water.

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      October 1, 2013 11:22 AM

      Yummy! I can join the Heist mission with others. It is pretty fun! I would have wear the Monkey mask with a boiling suit to fight some enemies on the mission. >:D

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      October 1, 2013 11:35 AM

      I can't get the first race to work. Oh well!

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      October 1, 2013 3:09 PM

      I just kept going back to the dashboard and retrying until it let me through the first race (put me in one against nobody but the AI), then it worked mostly fine afterwards.

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        October 1, 2013 3:17 PM

        Did you you do anything special, like starting up an invite-only game or something?

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        October 1, 2013 7:44 PM

        I amazes me how broken GTA:O is at the moment. I have tried off and on today and leaving the console on for hour or two only to see it stuck either on "waiting for players" or "loading session". They really should have delayed the launch by a week or a couple days if they knew they weren't ready for it.

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