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GTA Online Features Arrive as Release Time Inches Closer



The GTA Online release time remains a wide windows on October 1st, but a new set of GTA 5 online mode hands on details are coming out thanks to users who got to go to NYC last week to play GTA Online before the general public.

Update: Rockstar shares possible release timing in U.S.

Rockstar released GTA 5 in the middle of September, giving gamers a chance to get to know the story mode and the massive Los Santos map before the GTA Online release date arrives on October 1st in the U.S. and October 2nd in Australia but no official time is available.

Read: GTA Online – 7 Key Details Arrive Ahead of Launch

GTA Online Release Time Coming SoonWe’ve reached out to Rockstar and Xbox’s Major Nelson for an official GTA Online release time, but all sources remain quiet about exactly when users can go online and download the GTA 5 patch which will unlock the online mode. It could come at midnight, but it’s more likely that the GTA 5 Online patch will come in early morning hours of Pacific time.

While we wait for the GTA Online gameplay to arrive, we can go in-depth with a look at what it’s like to play GTA Online. Combined with a response from Rockstar Support that GTA oNline will support 16 players at release, you should be able to get amped up about the new GTA Online experience.

GTA Online Features

GTAnet and other GTA fan sites got to play GTA Online last week, and are now sharing their experiences with the world, on the eve of the GTA Online release. Here are some of the coolest GTA Online features we see in the first hand accounts of playing GTA Online.

Characters Dependent on Grandparents and Activities

Players can tweak the appearance and clothing of their GTA Online character, but when it comes to getting started Rockstar isn’t giving you a facial matching tool like EA might. Instead gamers pick four grandparents and the game delivers a character to the user.

Your online activity will determine your player abilities.

Your online activity will determine your player abilities.

When it comes to activities, the in-game character’s abilities come from what they do online in a given 24-hour period. So look for some strategy about what you need to do to get better, including a range of activities.

You’ll Need a lot of Cash

There is a reason Rockstar is selling in-game cash for real world money, as it looks like gamers will need a lot of cash to explore GTA Online to its fullest.

You'll need plenty of cash in GTA Online.

You’ll need plenty of cash in GTA Online.

Rockstar previously said that the GTA Online experience is tilted towards most players only gaining cash in-game, and this first hand account of GTA Online backs that up with talk of missions and robberies galore, but you’ll definitely need to put an effort into earning money to buy vehicles guns and real estate. Possibly by playing the GTA 5 stock market.

Just don’t forget to keep that cash in a bank since any cash you are carrying could go missing if a player kills you in the online world. One report indicates you’ll need to pay $100 of in-game cash to play in passive mode, a game type that prevents other players from killing you.

Level Up, Play With Friends & Get Around

The GTA Online experience is one you can play with your Xbox Live and PSN friends or you can play online with random players down the line.

Team up for fun on GTA Online.

Team up for fun on GTA Online.

Leveling up will take place with Reputation Points which help users unlock items and activities as well as JP, which may be Job Points, which add up as well.

When you want to get around GTAPlace shares one thing that will help make navigation easier. Tap the Back button on Xbox 360 or Select on PS3 to pull up a Quick GPS function to set waypoints faster.



  1. Owen

    09/30/2013 at 4:17 pm

    What time in the uk can we play online

    • dave

      09/30/2013 at 4:24 pm


    • Brad

      09/30/2013 at 4:25 pm

      I also want to know this

    • Poopy butt

      09/30/2013 at 4:26 pm

      Are you retarded

    • bandy boo

      09/30/2013 at 4:44 pm


  2. Phlow Jaxx

    09/30/2013 at 4:25 pm

    Right now… my only concern is how much in-game cash is needed. Will it be really hard to obtain in the first place? If so, then things could get tedious and somtimes frustating. Or maybe this could be a good thing. Cant wait to see how careful or careless players will be with that $100 rule in the air. See ya’ll online…

    PSN: DiamondAriez-904

    • Tobi Kun

      09/30/2013 at 5:38 pm

      Would you mind if i added you on PSN? you seem to be a very smart individual that i would like to have in my Crew. :)

  3. tom

    09/30/2013 at 4:35 pm

    Whens release time for uk

    • Thomas Naclerio

      09/30/2013 at 5:11 pm

      Rockstar’s HQ is located in NYC, so midnight for them would be EST. It is currently a few minutes past 8PM, so we have a few hours left to see.

      • Nikolas Johnson

        09/30/2013 at 6:01 pm

        wait so i Live in East US will it be 12am or 7am?

        • Thomas Naclerio

          09/30/2013 at 10:02 pm


  4. itsgivo

    09/30/2013 at 4:37 pm

    great journalism based on no fact what so ever. bravo.

  5. lim

    09/30/2013 at 4:38 pm

    its 1st of october and in uk no online yet

    • reece

      09/30/2013 at 5:06 pm

      it is the 1st of October has been all day

  6. Jack Rainbow

    09/30/2013 at 4:48 pm

    So why is GTA online not out yet when it’s way past 12 o’clock?

    • Thomas Naclerio

      09/30/2013 at 5:12 pm

      Rockstar’s HQ is located in NYC, so midnight for them would be EST. It is currently a few minutes past 8PM, so we have a few hours left to see.

  7. Chopsy

    09/30/2013 at 4:50 pm

    Because if you look at the tieyour postiwas made you still have nearly 8 hours to wait! Goodnight :)

    • Jack Rainbow

      09/30/2013 at 5:05 pm

      Ye but you see I put this post on at 12:43 and says I put it on a 4pm

  8. Shannon

    09/30/2013 at 4:52 pm

    The release in Australia is today… any news on what time?

    • Shannon

      09/30/2013 at 4:53 pm

      its is 9:30am in Australia oct 1st…ROCKSTAR??? where it at?

  9. Chopsy

    09/30/2013 at 4:54 pm

    Sannon read a few articles love, your not going live in aus untill tomorrow…the 2nd

    • Caleb Storey

      10/01/2013 at 12:30 am

      That would mean that Australia is actually behind, good job contradicting yourself bud

  10. Alex Ellis

    09/30/2013 at 4:57 pm

    Time test

  11. Paul

    09/30/2013 at 5:01 pm

    october second for aus… utter bs

  12. scott sansom

    09/30/2013 at 5:04 pm

    its 1.03 am nd still not online some 1 give me a time??????????

    • Thomas Naclerio

      09/30/2013 at 5:11 pm

      Rockstar’s HQ is located in NYC, so midnight for them would be EST. It is currently a few minutes past 8PM, so we have a few hours left to see.

      • retropyro

        09/30/2013 at 5:37 pm

        Well the actual creators of GTA are Rockstar North and they are located in Edinburgh Scotland. And it’s currently 1:38am Oct. 1st there.

        • Thomas Naclerio

          09/30/2013 at 5:44 pm

          Yes, you are correct, but Rockstar Games owns Rockstar North. Rockstar Games is the HQ of the whole operation, and they are located in New York City. Take Two Interactive (the publisher, developer, and distributor of video games) which is also owned by Rockstar, is located in New York City as well. Read the article I just wrote if you’re interested. Rockstar made a statement that they will be releasing the Online version of GTA 5 on October 1st, and that you will be able to access it at 7AM EST.

  13. Scott Buddaayyy

    09/30/2013 at 5:16 pm

    add me NFb2010-7
    see yall online ;)

  14. Jemmy

    09/30/2013 at 5:17 pm

    No joy in Europe at 1:15am 1st OCT..

  15. Kenny

    09/30/2013 at 5:18 pm

    When does the online come out in uk time?

  16. Jemmy

    09/30/2013 at 5:21 pm

    Ment to be 12am on the first of oct. But daylight savings make it be 1am.

  17. Lonny Plock

    09/30/2013 at 5:21 pm

    what if it creates a girl for me I’m a guy and want to play as a guy lol

  18. rockstarTee

    09/30/2013 at 5:29 pm

    2nd of Oct for UK ! Unless so things changed in the past 3 hours

  19. Darren Phillips

    09/30/2013 at 5:29 pm

    Rock star ain’t got a scooby do wen its comin online b***cks

  20. Ryan Beam

    09/30/2013 at 5:52 pm

    Australia release on 2nd

  21. anonamus_guy

    09/30/2013 at 5:53 pm

    its easier to earn cash online words from rockstar

  22. Patrick Andrew

    09/30/2013 at 5:53 pm

    I read it isn’t unlocked till 0700

  23. anonamus_guy

    09/30/2013 at 5:56 pm

    its no official release time

    • anonamus_guy

      09/30/2013 at 6:00 pm

      however you may experience bugs or glitches the first few days

  24. itsthatgb

    09/30/2013 at 6:08 pm

    add me
    PSN : NeuroticMinds

  25. anonamus_guy

    09/30/2013 at 6:24 pm

    but im thinkin 12:01am eastern time of US simply because rockstar knows they have millions of customers waiting for online launch and any other regular games release 12:01am :) considering 4 time zones times will vary litterally plus giving the fact some people bought it for online use single play can be boring at times. all i can say is they better lauch it before someone tries to sue them for false advertisement the disk packaging clearly states online multiplayer 2-16 players lmao

  26. joe

    09/30/2013 at 6:26 pm

    ess to GTA OnlineAccess to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with your copy of Grand Theft Auto V. On October 1st there will be a small downloadable Title Update released on PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE. Upon installation of that Title Update, direct access to begin GTA Online will be unlocked in your GTAV gajme menu. You will be able to jump right into GTA Online via the 4th (bottom) slot in your GTAV character wheel. We’ve received many questions asking for a specific confirmation of what exact time GTA Online will be available but of course this is contingent on both Title Updates becoming available on each console’s network. As a general timeframe, we do expect the Title Update to become available on PSN and Xbox LIVE starting around 7AM ET tomorrow morning, and your best bet is to stay tuned throughout the day here at the Rockstar Newswire and by following us on Twitter and Facebook where we will be keeping everyone updated.

  27. Dre Cocaine

    09/30/2013 at 6:38 pm

    Add me on PSN YOU_R_VERY_UGLY if there are any good crews out there I can join

  28. Anthony

    09/30/2013 at 7:39 pm

    7am eastern is what i have seen

  29. Ian

    09/30/2013 at 8:10 pm

    Some time between 12am-7am 1st of October eastern standard time. Course psn is good about updating every Tuesday around midnight so who knows, we might get it at midnight or right at 7am.

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    10/01/2013 at 2:51 am

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