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Grand Theft Auto Online Servers Struggle Under Strain

Well, it had to be expected. Although some have managed to get into GTA Online without issue and are playing it lag-free, others are needing to wait to get into a server, with some having to hold out for over twenty minutes. Meanwhile, PlayStation 3 players don't even have their patch. (Grand Theft Auto Online, PS3, Xbox 360)

Update The PS3 update - 1.01 - is now available to download.

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GarrusVakarian  +   790d ago
As the article says, its to be expected. Like trying to fit a basketball through a garden hose, lol.
Spinal  +   790d ago
Lol exactly. Good thing I've been playing the BF4 beta in the meanwhile an it's damn good fun.
Reverent  +   790d ago
Assuming you aren't getting lag spikes up the ass. Even with the beta drivers, trying to play in any server is just a pain at the moment.
S_C   790d ago | Off topic | show
The_Con-Sept  +   790d ago
Doesn't matter to me. I'll be playing TLOU for a while anyway. Interrogation anyone?
RE_L_MAYER   790d ago | Off topic | show
mikeslemonade   790d ago | Off topic | show
Syntax-Error   790d ago | Off topic | show
RVanner_  +   789d ago
Jumping in the Beta tonight, PC Beta ok?
Saints94  +   790d ago
Lost connection during a heist :(
Koyes  +   790d ago
Heists are not part of Gta Online yet
Saints94  +   790d ago
I meant to say during a stick up
Saints94  +   790d ago
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3-4-5  +   790d ago
@ Koyes - Yea they are. Just read about them in my Game Informer yesterday. They did a 3 page spread JUST on the Online portion of the game and heists are definitely in the game.
ThanatosDMC  +   790d ago
I havent been able to connect once yet. You're lucky.

For those people who want to see the intro cutscene, go to the pause menu and start GTAO via Solo Session. It'll fail right before the race begins though.
Koyes  +   790d ago

They are not included day one. They will be included later on
Syntax-Error  +   790d ago
@3-4-5, They are not in available yet. You should try comprehending 101. It helps in todays world and doesn't make you look like an idiot
3-4-5  +   790d ago
@ Syntax - Sorry for trusting what I read in a respectable gaming magazine then.

You need a house with a heist board. You need to earn enough money to buy a house that has one, so yea you need enough money to do so and not everyone in the group needs a house, just one person.

It is in the game, the code is there.

Isn't there supposed to be an apostrophe in Today's ?
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Abdou023  +   790d ago
Is it built on Dedicated servers ?
Saints94  +   790d ago
When I couldn't connect it said " can't connect to Rockstar's CLOUD servers".
Abdou023  +   790d ago
Whatever the hell that means....
Pope_Kaz_Hirai_II  +   790d ago
Abdou023 + 4h ago
Is it built on Dedicated servers ?

I doubt it.
DoubleM70  +   790d ago
oof46  +   790d ago
Most likely p2p. But I would love to be proven wrong.
Insomnia_84  +   790d ago
Not even the solo sessions work properly. Screw this! This is stressind me out. Not going online until they release a patch, add more servers or whatever.
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GarrusVakarian  +   790d ago
Relax, what did you expect? Millions of people are trying to access the game at the same time, i would be astounded if it was smooth sailing straight away.
MxRBrobaFett  +   790d ago
THIS is stressing you out?
Insomnia_84  +   790d ago
Like I stated a few days ago, they should've released a public beta like every other big MP game out there.
fattyuk  +   790d ago
Would you like a lollipop insomnia??

A closed beta with a small amount of people wouldn't help the fact when it goes live (as it has) and there's millions of people all trying to connect at once.

Don't see why your complaining Rockstar even said pre launch to expect this!
Funnymonkey013  +   790d ago
I know right whenever I try to do solo I end up back to sp mode after the race comes up. Wish they did a better job at releasing the online or yet not releasing till the online is bug free and not lagging at all.
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Big_B0SS  +   790d ago
Love how R* gets a free pass on everything.

The single player is a glitch fest and the microtransactions thing is ridiculas no matter who does it.

If a company like Bethesda or Bioware does something like this they are put on a cross and the media and gamers jump on them like a pack of wolfes.
resi5  +   790d ago
The only glitchive come across is the disappearing cars from garages
Panthers  +   790d ago
Woah, Bethesda games are a MILLION times worse than anything I've encountered in GTA5 when it comes to glitches. I havent had any issues with GTA yet except the game freezing on me once.
Audiggity  +   790d ago
Hey Big_B0SS...

You are so far from being accurate that I actually winced in pain when I read your comment. WTF are you talking about? "Glitch fest" and "Microtransactions". .. this is what R* "gets a free pass" on?

A. It is far from a Glitch Fest - I honestly can't believe how smooth the single player game is considering the ambition of the project

B. Have you even seen the microtransactions in... ummm... action? Considering the lack of people getting to play GTA Online right now, I highly doubt you've been able to form a sound opinion on this

Bethesda's open-world games are PLAGUED with glitches and small bugs, the media and the players don't jump on them like a pack wolves. I think that intelligent players that appreciate Bethesda and Rockstar understand that when a game that is nearly limitless in terms of what you do and when you do it - there will be issues. I think Bethesda is fantastic, even with the glitches. I think Rockstar is better, even if they had anywhere near the number of glitches/bugs. (I'm comparing GTA V to Skyrim)

Just stop whining.
_QQ_  +   790d ago
Think diablo 3's error 343
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TheSaint  +   790d ago
I used to know a chick that could do that.
CuddlyREDRUM  +   790d ago
You can fit microtransactions and pay to win through a garden hose?
Spoons  +   790d ago
CuddlyREDRUM  +   790d ago
I don't know, maybe they should just ditch the pay to win model, Spoons?

Might clear up the server stress.
jessupj  +   790d ago
Was able to create a character, but I'm getting a 'can't host game' error. This is the PSN version.

Has failed 5 times now. I doubt I'll be able to play tonight.
HeyImBen11  +   790d ago
same for me. But i have hops because im european all the 'muricans are going to slee in a few hours and the servers get less capacity. lol.
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Saints94  +   790d ago
It's 8 am in the east coast, people are starting to wake up.
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   790d ago
America is roughly 6 hours behind us.
paul-p1988  +   790d ago
Play tomorrow morning, i'm in the UK, all the Americans will be asleep then. Gonna try tonight but if not i'll play at 6am before i go to work lol
Audiggity  +   790d ago
LonDonE  +   790d ago
am on ps3 got the online patch at 12pm on the dot, however online is not working, obviously the servers are overloaded, how did rock star not anticipate this? they have broke records with sales, and so should have a rough idea how many users their are, and after waiting 2 weeks to play online, and then not being able too is annoying as hell!!

Meanwhile BF4 beta on PS3 is working perfectly LOLOLOL
FunkMacNasty  +   790d ago
"how did rock star not anticipate this?"

They Did. There have been like 20 news articles on N4G this week and last week quoting Rockstar spokespeople saying they expected a bumpy launch due to the ambition of such a large online game. Hell, Rockstar even put on their website a disclaimer about likely bugs, server crashes, and glitches that will be present during the first few days that GTA online is up and running.

How did YOU not anticipate this???
Audiggity  +   790d ago
How did you get more Agrees than Disagrees? Haha. That makes me want to delete my N4G account.

I agree w/ FunkMacNasty - not sure what you were expecting LonDonE. Have fun w/ BF4!
Big_B0SS  +   789d ago
This is what happens when you are too cocky and do not want to Beta test your game.

Never understood why R* does not do Betas and demos.
PsylentKiller  +   790d ago
I can't get past the character creation screen. It's like FFXIV all over again. 1017 I hate you. Lol
Wizziokid  +   790d ago
been trying for 30 minutes and all I get is 'failed'.

Was expected i guess but Rockstar could have done some stress tests before release
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TotalSynthesisX  +   790d ago
I managed to do the very first mission racing Lamar but that's as far as I got before it kicked me off. Now it's telling me my character can't be loaded. Sigh... No biggie though, this wasn't exactly unexpected.
Wizziokid  +   790d ago
NOTE: If you start a solo session you can play.

Working for me now, just access online through the pause menu not through the phone
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limewax  +   790d ago
That gets me past the opening scene but still disconnects before I can start the activity. I don't get why I'm getting disconnected in a solo game
0pie  +   790d ago
one of the biggest game of the year where a lot of people try to go online at the same time has issue? NO WAY!
annus  +   790d ago
And yet here people were with their "It's good that it's delayed, it means they can get an estimate on how many people will play so there isn't any connection issues". Well I guess that backfired slightly.
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Wizziokid  +   790d ago
I agree, they should of done stress tests if the sales numbers wen't a good enough indication.

I suppose it's lessons learned for them
metalgod88  +   790d ago
I'm sure Rockstar's reaction to the amount of people who bought the game went something like this: "Tom: Wow, over 15 million users in one week? Hey Bob, our servers can handle that no problem right? Bob: Uhhh...ssssuuuurrrreeee. I think we're gonna need a bigger server( jaws reference). "

If Blizzard couldn't handle it, I'm not so sure Rockstar can, but the fact that people are actually getting in at all is a good sign lol.
MuhammadJA  +   790d ago
Your joke was obvious without writing 'sarcasm' at the end.
HurtfulTimez  +   790d ago
Thats not the point, after 2 weeks of the social club fails and overloads, rockstar should of known how busy online will be and they should of sorted the online out and got servers to cope with the amount they had 2 extra weeks to sort this. Even if the game is glitchy and laggy as hell at least let me connect to the thing!
FullmetalRoyale  +   790d ago
Should HAVE known, not "of".

That drives me freakin' crazy. At least two other people above using "of" instead of "have".

I guess when most people speak with their mouths they say "they should've" as opposed to "they should have". There is nothing wrong with THAT.

It just goes to show you how poor our education system truly has become *when people do not even know how to spell "should've".

Do I feel happy with myself now?

I can't even remember what happiness feels like...
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HurtfulTimez  +   790d ago

STFU im on the fucking internet not writing a formal letter for an interview I dont give a fuck about grammar when im online talkin to a bunch of strangers

you have way too much time on your hands get a job or better still.

CuddlyREDRUM  +   790d ago
*unfinished game
_QQ_  +   789d ago
Rockstar shouldve shared notes with blizzard,this happend to them with diablo 3.
Lalanana  +   790d ago
I am a work. i see i am not missing anything as of now lol
Gorilla_Killa_X  +   790d ago
Same here, but today is my Friday and I have week off to enjoy the online splendidness of GTA.
Sounds like another console exclusive beta test.
paul-p1988  +   790d ago
Ahhh you're back again, nice seeing you...

Btw, didn't Dante come from a Console Exclusive game.....or, let me guess, a 'console beta test'...
KonsoruMasuta  +   790d ago
How is this guy not banned yet?
Swiggins  +   790d ago
You can't get permabanned for trolling.

He'd have to make a personal threat or something similar.
SpideySpeakz  +   790d ago
The guy is a social reject. Thumb him down and ignore him.
HammadTheBeast  +   790d ago
Ty for minecraft and terraria. Your feedback was valuable.
SUPERMOORE1025  +   790d ago
How do you do a stress test for over 3 million people smh lol. Give them a break.
T2  +   790d ago
the point is whether people like it or not R* was not going to buy/rent like another 1000 servers just for the people who decided to log in on day one... a month from now there will be like 25% less people on and no problems...
Brucis  +   790d ago
Been sitting here at 'Waiting for other players' for a good ten minutes now. You'd think those extra two weeks of preparation would have them, y'know, prepared for this. Oh well, I kinda expected this to happen seeing as it's still early and loads of people are trying to play all at once.
WitWolfy  +   790d ago
Probably going to be like this for the next 2 - 3 weeks.
teedogg80  +   790d ago
I sure hope not.
Kinger8938  +   790d ago
Well duhhh, as said, its to be expected. Cant believe it gets bad press for it, been mentioned a few times on radio 1 news already
Jack_Of_All_Blades  +   790d ago
People go to start. Online. Play solo session. Only way it currently works.

Edit : then I can't start the race..
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Brucis  +   790d ago
Tried it and got 'could not connect to Rockstar's cloud blah blah blah'. It worked when I simply chose continue without saving.
bloop  +   790d ago
Oops!! Sorry, hit disagree by mistake
paul-p1988  +   790d ago
Roughly 15m copies sold according to estimates, 15m now trying to connect...

pretty obvious there were going to be some issues lol. But that won't stop me trying when i get home from work!
gintoki777  +   790d ago
You realize 1 billion copies got sold...
Audiggity  +   790d ago
Do you realize if they sold a billion copies, TakeTwo would have made approx. $66,000,000,000 in revenue?

They made a billion, they didn't sell a billion copies.
gintoki777  +   790d ago
Lmao completely was not thinking straight when I typed that. My bad. That would be ridiculous 1 billion would mean about 1/8 of the world had GTA V.
THC CELL  +   790d ago
They had 2 weeks to sort this ffs
Dannycr  +   790d ago
Well, it is not working (PS3) Cannot host online game error. Plus I HATED! the character creation mode. Why in the heavens do I have to create myself based on what my grandparents look like? That's completely unnecessary. The selection of looks is really limited and I never look remotely close as to how I look.
Jack_Of_All_Blades  +   790d ago
I know it sucked, I just went random random random till I was happy with the look
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LKHGFDSA  +   790d ago
2 hours later and still can't connect.
pretty annoying.
Dannycr  +   790d ago
If you choose the "Solo" mode, it does work. You can at least check the cutscene and info/tutorial
teedogg80  +   790d ago
I heard that solo mode works for some, but not me :(
naBs  +   790d ago
By the looks of things it's working for xbox players :\ look at this guy playing sooo lucky lol
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LKHGFDSA  +   790d ago
God dammit, I hope PSN is as good as XBL on PS4.
DeadIIIRed  +   790d ago
On Xbox, can't get past the first race. Don't all these kids have school and jobs to go to?
paul-p1988  +   790d ago
Same with my PS3 version, i'm now trying again at 6.15am GMT and still the same bloody issue, WHY WON'T EVERYONE GO TO BED SO I CAN PLAY IT FOR 10MINS?!?!?!
neoMAXMLC  +   790d ago
Cant even download the patch....
InTheLab  +   790d ago
But when it happens in other games....we lose our minds
Brucis  +   790d ago
People are losing their minds right now.
InTheLab  +   790d ago deaths threats and calling R* out. People are just upset. Not going nuts like they did for Diablo and the Sims....or Black Ops.
KonsoruMasuta  +   790d ago
Are you reading the comments? People ARE losing their minds.
FullmetalRoyale  +   790d ago
I LITERALLY don't know where mine is.

Tctczach  +   790d ago
It crashed.
fatsam  +   790d ago
What is actually happening been trying almost 3 hours and best I can get is solo and then he gets in the car then it either frezzes or it says no host?? Wtf lol
Heisenburger  +   790d ago

I've lost count of how many game let me make my character blonde, but leave me stuck with dark facial hair. Leaving me the choice of having blonde hair with a black beard(which isn't an option) or, no beard at all. Which stinks.

tigertron  +   790d ago
and here was me thinking Rockstar would have looked at the pre-order numbers, then used the two weeks to prepare for such a huge demand. Obviously not.
hankmoody  +   790d ago
I did get to play some GTA Online before I left for work this AM and my save file was corrupted twice and I had to create a new character twice. When I finally got into a room, I had an absolute blast. I completed a race, took out some drug dealers with some random players and last but not least, I punched another player in the face as he was running out of an alley and sent him stumbling into the street where he promptly got hit by another player speeding away in a stolen cop car.
Majors  +   790d ago
Lol Proud moment
hankmoody  +   790d ago
A taste of things to come LOL
Coach_McGuirk  +   790d ago
glad i didn't take off work today for it.
CuddlyREDRUM  +   790d ago
Must be that Pay To Win buckling the servers. Oh well, I am sure the budget was tiny for the game and no gaming site can say anything bad about Rockstar for fear of fan backlash.
1nsomniac  +   790d ago
Has anyone actually been able to play it??
Coach_McGuirk  +   790d ago
I was able to around 8:00am EST.
SlashTheElectric  +   790d ago
no :/
Dfooster  +   790d ago
Gta v online will be around a long time. I'm sure nobody will remember not being able to log on in the first 3 hours of it launching in a months time.

If I can't get on, I'll just play the single player side missions seeing as I waited five years for the game to come out I might as well enjoy everything there is to see.
wickedthumbz  +   790d ago
I'm at 100% completion. The reason for the 2 week delay on release was to fix these "issues" and the game was delayed for 2 months on original release. Haven't they had enough time to prepare?? Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and other companies prepare like Rockstar did with Red Dead and Max Payne. But their biggest game has issues? I think they got lazy and tried to bounce everything off the same old servers thinking it would be ok. And they should give EVERYONE some free in game cashola!
Audiggity  +   790d ago
Congrats on the 100% completion and good luck on the job hunt!

You people are too much... haha, whining about how "2 weeks" is enough time to build a streamlined multiplayer experience for a record breaking game that sold far more copies and has far more to offer than any of the other developers you previously mentioned.

They don't owe you, or anyone else, anything.

I agree 100% w/ Dfooster - once this blows over, you'll be tearing it up in GTA Online and forget all about the downtime.

This is their biggest game, with the highest number of players, and their most ambitious multiplayer mode of all - there are real "issues" and 2 weeks can only prepare you for so much. There is no way to simulate this kind of traffic with a "stress test".

So funny how people assume this stuff is so easy. "they should of done stress tests" Haha, oh yeah? Why don't you go and advise them on how to carry out this magical stress test that will fix everything.
wickedthumbz  +   790d ago
@Audiggity Job hunt??

Shows how much you actually know.

And yes in my line of work I know exactly what could have solved this problem. And yes my suggestion to the problem would have made an excellent solution. You however are saying that despite all of the games that sell MILLIONS of copies and are on a huge scale, have MILLIONS of people go online at the same time, this one is different? The only thing different is that Rockstar did a very poor assessment on this title. Since E3 they were hyping this title up to be the biggest GTA of all time, but yet they didn't plan accordingly.

By your reasoning, it's ok to invite 120 people to a party but only have supplies for 30 people. Knowing months in advance how many people were coming. They had preorder numbers before launch, and they had sales numbers 2 weeks before this launch. But still they did nothing to fix the problem before there actually was a problem.

This will not blow over it will be a sour point on everyones mind, just like when the PSN went down. It happened it was resolved but yet the PSN is still not back to 100% of past players. Why you ask? Because as a consumer you forgive but don't forget.

And no matter how big this title is, they are still using past OLD servers/Brain to communicate with the new online mode. I.E. the same from Max Payne.

What's funny is how people always run their mouth like they actually know what other people know. You sir #Audiggity don't know how a online gaming network works.

Yes they do owe me, and ALL of the other gamers, and consumers that purchased this game with the PROMISE to deliver what we wanted. Me handing the cashier my money was me entering into an contract with them to entertain me. I am not entertained with this. So they broke their promise and because of that I am entitled to some form of compensation. Simple as that.
OmegaShen  +   790d ago
PS3 users? I had could get on first thing this morning, all I was able to do is make a character (which I hope the create a character gets better because man that characters look like cr@$).

Other then that, me and my friends haven't had any luck playing online. Even Solo won't work.
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