GTA V online is now live [UPDATE: It’s down]

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So you bought Grand Theft Auto V in the last two weeks and have been itching to play it with your friends, but you haven’t been able to because its online component didn’t go live at the same time as the game did.

Well, fret no more because according to Kotaku, you can totally play multiplayer with friends now. A 59mb update has been released that unlocks GTA V Online on both Xbox Live and the PlayStation network, and multiplayer is accessible via the fourth slot on the game’s character wheel, or via the Pause menu.

If you can’t wait for your GTA V Online fix, here’s an official multiplayer video from Rockstar to keep you going ’till home time.

UPDATE: Multiple reports on gaming forums indicate that Rockstar’s servers have been overwhelmed by the influx of gamers. Given how highly-anticipated GTA Online was, we can’t say that this comes as a surprise, but Rockstar did delay the launch of the online mode to prepare for such a situation. Such is the way of the internet.

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.