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GTA Online microtransactions disabled as server issues persist

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Grand Theft Auto 5 players are still having trouble getting into the game's online component, Grand Theft Auto Online, and one of publisher Rockstar Games' solutions is to disable microtransactions for now.

"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," reads a post on the Rockstar Newswire. Users who are currently able to play GTA Online can continue to earn GTA$ in the game as usual.

Until recently, most PlayStation 3 users were being denied access to GTA Online because of a server issue in which the PlayStation Network was limiting the number of possible concurrent users; according to Rockstar, the company fixed that problem this morning. However, users on both PS3 and Xbox 360 are having problems getting through the first tutorial mission, and continuing server instability is affecting even users who got past that point.

"All of these initial technical issues will be ironed out as soon as we can. Please know that the entire team here at Rockstar and all of our relevant partners are and will continue to be working around the clock to get the experience to be as smooth as possible, as soon as possible," the post continues.

Rockstar will continue to update the GTA Online page on its support website, so keep checking it for the latest. The company did fix some story mode bugs with the GTA Online title update yesterday.