GTA V owners get ready to dive online because the multiplayer component is now officially available for free download on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. After downloading the small patch you will have direct access to GTA Online in the game’s main menu via the 4th (bottom) slot in your character wheel. Then all hell breaks loose since you can customize your online character, commit crimes, earn cash and buy things with “GTA$” in the great San Andreas area. GTA Online also takes place a few months before the events that happen in the single-player campaign.
However, it’s being reported that the online launch is plagued with bugs, as predicted by Rockstar. In one case, some gamers are having an issue connecting to a session after the game puts you into character creator. Then a “failure to host session” message appears and returns you to the single-player campaign. Apparently, others get stuck in a queue line and are unable to start the first race. Both issues are a major pain in the ass, but I’m sure Rockstar is working hard to resolve them as soon as possible.
Aside from these nuisances, one of the new features that is available in GTA Online is microtransactions that allows gamers to purchase “GTA$” using real cash. Does that mean some will have an advantage over others and disrupt the playing field? Rockstar said it shouldn’t since there are a few mechanics in the game in place to help ensure that it won’t.
Like Reputation Points they explained,
All players still have to rank up with Reputation Points (RP) in order to get access to purchase high-end items. No one can begin GTA Online and simply spend a lot of money out of the gate to get a leg up. You will have to earn your stripes and play to unlock access to the aspirational clothes, guns and other items. Please also remember that in GTA Online, hustling to afford the finer things by earning GTA$ doing robberies, stick-ups, winning races and other profitable activities is a fun gameplay experience rather than ever being a ‘grind’.
GTA Online is currently live for some, but depending on your location it may be unlocked at a later time. Check with Rockstar’s official site for more details.