PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Grand Theft Auto Online will soon be closed forever
Rockstar is set to shut down servers and stats tracking for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Grand Theft Auto Online and other games.
It’s easy to forget how long has passed since the last time Rockstar released a brand new Grand Theft Auto Game. GTA 5 released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in September 2013, with its standalone multiplayer mode Grand Theft Auto Online launch a few months later.
However, after nearly a decade of support on seventh-gen consoles, Grand Theft Auto Online will soon be leaving the docks. Rockstar plans to shut down the 360 and PS3 version servers tomorrow, December 16.
This event shouldn’t come as a big surprise, as Rockstar Games announced the impending closure in June of this year. In addition to shutting down the servers, Rockstar will stop selling Shark Cash Cards for the seventh generation versions of GTA Online. The publisher will also shut down Rockstar Games Social Club functionality for these versions of GTA Online and other games. These include leaderboards, multiplayer, and stats tracker for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Grand Theft Auto 5, Grand Theft Auto Online, Max payne 3, and The black.
It’s important to note that Rockstar has confirmed that 360 and PS3 players can still enjoy single-player content for GTA 5, Max payne 3, and The black. The company also clarified that it plans to continue supporting the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, although they are working to release the PS5 and Xbox Series X / S ports of GTA Online in March of next year. This includes continuing to publish new content for Grand Theft Auto Online on new generation and latest generation consoles.
Rockstar Games has never expressly stated the reasons for shutting down the 360 and PS3 versions of GTA Online. However, it almost certainly has to do with a declining player base on seventh-gen hardware. Unfortunately, Rockstar Games does not publish their player numbers per console. This makes it unlikely that anyone outside of the company will know exactly how many people are still logging into the old systems. However, after eight years and two new generations of consoles, the overwhelming majority of GTA Online gamers have likely migrated to newer consoles or PC.
Continue to support 360 and PS3 versions of Grand Theft Auto Online is undoubtedly a drain on resources. While it’s debatable how much of a drain this is, Rockstar obviously decided that it was no longer profitable to run the old servers. At least Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 users still have one more night GTA Online.
Grand Theft Auto Online is available on PS3 and Xbox 360 through December 16. It will remain available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and will arrive on PS5 and Xbox Series X / S in March 2022.
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