Rockstar has sent out a press release earlier today, letting everyone know they were patching Grand Theft Auto 5's GTA Online problems.

As they say in the press release, GTA Online has had a series of technical problems since its debut on Tuesday, making it so that many players can't log into the game. In response, Rockstar has worked on an update that should fix some of these problems, if not all of them.

It's not unusual for an online game to experience many technical difficulties at launch, so it will take some time to iron out all of the wrinkles and get the game running smoothly for all players. But as of this writing, the update is live on the PlayStation 3, with the Xbox 360 update coming later in the day.

According to the press release, here are some of the updates from this afternoon:

  • 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.
If you want to keep up-to-date on the launch status of GTA Online, visit the Rockstar Games support site here.