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GTA Online Errors: Rockstar Cloud Servers Unavailable, Hampers Launch



Gamers hoping to unwind from a long day of work with some GTA Online gameplay with friends may want to reschedule for later this week as GTA Online error messages are more likely than planning missions and fighting cops.

Update: GTA Online Fix Could Arrive Tomorrow

Rockstar launched the GTA Online patch and gameplay early this morning, allowing some gamers to go online in the GTA 5 map with friends, but many others ran into a host of GTA Online problems.

The most common GTA Online issue is the, “Rockstar Cloud Servers Unavailable Error” which greets players while trying to jump straight into GTA Online, but we also experienced the same GTA Online Black Screen error as this morning, when trying to start playing GTA Online using the character selection wheel inside of the GTA 5 story mode.

The GTA Online error, "Rockstar Cloud Servers Unavailable" is what we see most often while playing GTA Online.

The GTA Online error, “Rockstar Cloud Servers Unavailable” is what we see most often while playing GTA Online.

Rockstar is tracking the various GTA Online issues and as of 5:30 PM Eastern on October 1st, continues to look into at least 9 common GTA Online errors that users are experiencing. The GTA Online errors are hitting gamers on PS3 and on Xbox 360. Here is a list of the latest issues you may run into while playing GTA Online.

  1. Occasional “Rockstar Cloud Servers Unavailable” error message
  2. Freezing sometimes while loading into first race in GTAO with “waiting for other players” on the screen
  3. Intermittent “Failed to Host a GTA Online Session” error messages
  4. Race Corona (start area, marker) occasionally not showing up for first race
  5. Errors saying “Timed out when matchmaking for a compatible GTA Online Session to join”
  6. Occasional errors about jobs failing to start or load
  7. General issues with the Social Club site and Social Club features (slow loading,failed logins, emails not arriving, etc). For more information on Social Club status, please see:
  8. Misc. network and server-related error messages, disconnections, or cloud server errors
  9. Errors saying “Mission Failed” as soon as the mission begins during a session

Gamers can sign up for email notifications when GTA Online issues are resolved or for more information on GTA Online errors when Rockstar discovers what is behind the problems.

If you are experiencing GTA Online errors and issues, you are not alone.

If you are experiencing GTA Online errors and issues, you are not alone.

Based on our survey of nearly 900 gamers, the GTA Online errors are the most common message for users today with 92% of users reporting they cannot play GTA Online on October 1st while 6% could join the game, with some issues. 15 survey respondents were able to play GTA Online. While this survey is likely weighted in favor of users who had problems and went online to look for a solution, reports on Twitter indicate GTA Online errors remain a problem for many.

Possible GTA Online Fix

Using the menu, not the character wheel may offer faster access to GTA Online.

Using the menu, not the character wheel may offer faster access to GTA Online.

Though we could not play GTA Online yet today despite multiple attempts, users may be able to avoid the GTA Online black screen and get online by picking the Online option from the pause menu. While using this method we could accept terms and agreements and try to connect multiple times, instead of quitting and restarting GTA 5.

Pause GTA 5, move all the way to the right on the Online tab and select it. Once selected, choose Play GTA Online or Choose Character to start. If you see the “Rockstar Cloud Servers Unavailable Error” retry until you connect, or until you give up.

Read: How to Make Fast Cash in GTA 5

In the recent update Rockstar apologized for the issue and asks for patience while the company works to fix a host of GTA Online errors.



  1. Daniel

    10/01/2013 at 9:08 pm

    There is also a problem that when online doesn’t work, and you head back to campaign and you can’t switch between characters!

    • Bob

      10/01/2013 at 10:16 pm

      Are you sure your not in a apart of the story where the characters aren’t available to switch to?

      • Daniel

        10/02/2013 at 8:17 am

        Ya 100% positive I tested it

  2. Scott

    10/02/2013 at 3:05 am

    F–n bullshit

  3. Bryan

    10/02/2013 at 10:19 am

    Ya had that problem this morning tried to get on got cloud servers error and went back to story mode and couldnt switch between my toons.

  4. Anthony

    10/02/2013 at 11:19 am

    i have the problem when it wont load my character and says Rockstar Cloud Servers are unavailable

  5. Wyatt

    10/02/2013 at 11:47 am

    loooooool rockastar dun goofed.

  6. Joe demario

    10/04/2013 at 12:11 pm

    Down again cloud servers unavailable

  7. Zed

    10/08/2013 at 8:27 am

    gg character i just read the loss of character site and i did something preventing my character coming back

  8. Gtapvpirates

    10/29/2014 at 5:25 pm

    It tells me thier new content buying got every thang downloaded

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