Rockstar Games To Shutdown GTA Online For Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3 Later This Holiday


Posted on June 16, 2021 by Nick Moreno

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It is hard to believe the amount of Grand Theft Auto V there has been since the game’s initial release. And that trend appears to be continuing onto the Xbox Series X|S & PlayStation 5 later this fall. Recently, developer Rockstar Games announced that the 2013 title is expecting a full-on reworking for Grand Theft Auto V, again. Except this time it will be for the aforementioned consoles from Microsoft and Sony respectively.

But, for the game on older hardware is to eventually be dismantled as former systems go obsolete for its newer siblings. On Wednesday, Rockstar Games announced that both the PlayStation 3 alongside Xbox 360 are to face official closings for Grand Theft Auto V later this holiday in December.

While the single-player portion will be available beyond the execution at the end of the year, GTA Online will forever be closed on the older hardware.

As we continue to move forward with updates and support for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions of Grand Theft Auto Online — as well as prepare for this Fall’s launches of the new expanded and enhanced versions of Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S — the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of GTA Online, including website stat tracking via the Rockstar Games Social Club, will officially be shutting down on December 16, 2021.

In addition, Shark Cash Cards for GTA Online will no longer be sold for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions after September 15, 2021. Please note, these changes are strictly for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of GTA Online, and will have no impact on access to, or progress within, the Grand Theft Auto V Story Mode.

Additionally, Rockstar Games also goes on to clarify that website stat tracking for GTA Online is to also shut down the day following Shark Cards being disabled. Also, the same online feature for both Max Payne 3 alongside L.A. Noire for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are to also be shut down on September 16 as well.

While Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3 will be out of the equation very soon, there did happen to be a major fix to load times for GTA Online. Thanks to dedicated users within the GTA online community, the wait to load in has been greatly reduced. You can read the full report by heading here.

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Grand Theft Auto V is out now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Source: Rockstar Newswire

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