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Grand Theft Auto Online patch hits PS3, imminent for Xbox 360

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You might - might - actually be able to play Grand Theft Auto Online this weekend. And if you're really lucky, you might even be able to do so right now.

Rockstar Games has issued an update for GTA V on the PlayStation 3 and says the update will be coming to the Xbox 360 "as soon as possible" today. If all goes according to plan, the fix should clear up a lot of the server issues that have been plaguing players since the online mode's launch three days ago.

Rockstar made the announcement as part of its running updates to players, detailing the known issues that have come up since the launch of the online mode.

For PS3 users, the issue seems to have been at least partially on Sony's side. Rockstar notes "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."

The developer says the team has been working "around the clock" to fix the issues. To prevent further problems, Rockstar has disabled the option for players to purchase GTA cash packs, which could be used to buy in-game properties and speed things along for impatient players. Players can still earn in-game cash by pulling heists and other profitable ventures -- assuming they're able to get into the game.

While some fans have grumbled about the early problems with GTA Online, Rockstar warned players in advance that the early days of the service were likely to be rocky. Initial demand was much higher than expected, and the rush to increase server capacity was, in part, to blame for some of the other issues that have come up since then.

"We are working around the clock to buy and add more servers, but this increased scale is only going to make the first few days even more temperamental than such things usually are," the developer said in the walkup to the online launch. "We apologize in advance for this and thank you for your patience in this area."

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