Rockstar Games Announces GTA Online’s Removal From PS3 and Xbox 360

You can’t have them all in life, says an old and good proverb. GTA V may be one of the best and successful video games ever made, but it cannot remain available forever for the old platforms. With no disrespect intended for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, as they were amazing platforms for their times, but we all have to admit that judging by the current standards when it comes to gaming, those machines are obsolete.

Rockstar Games announced through its website the removal of GTA Online, meaning the online mode for GTA V, from the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles. It’s a move that many tech experts predicted, as the game is played more on newer and more advanced platforms.

Dead end: December 16, 2021

Those who prefer their gaming on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 must lose all hope after December 16 that they’ll still be able to run GTA Online on such platforms. Rockstar’s announcement is crystal clear:

As we continue to move forward with updates and support for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions of Grand Theft Auto Online – as well as prepare for this Fall’s launches of the new expanded and enhanced versions of Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S – the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of GTA Online, including website stat tracking via the Rockstar Games Social Club, will officially be shutting down on December 16, 2021. In addition, Shark Cash Cards for GTA Online will no longer be sold for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions after September 15, 2021.

There’s no reason to believe, until now, that the offline mode of GTA V won’t still be playable on the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles. Therefore, if you want to follow the adventures of Trevor, Michael, and Franklin on the old platforms without competing with others, you’ll still be able to do it in 2022 and beyond.

Cristian Antonescu
Cristian is in love with technology, as are many of us. He has a vast experience as a content writer in the field. He's involved especially in the hardware area, where he covers the latest news regarding smartphones, laptops, PC components, and so on.