Until Grant Theft Auto Online's technical issues are under control, players must earn GTA$ using gameplay skills instead of their wallets.
It's never much fun to start a highly anticipated game, only to discover it's filled with glitches and bugs. Such was the case when many players recently sat down to play Grand Theft Auto Online, but to its credit, Rockstar Games has been upfront about what's being done to fix the issues. In the meantime, players might have noticed a slight change to GTA Online's microtransaction mechanics, specifically that they no longer exist. Until Rockstar irons out the kinks, purchasable GTA$ cash packs have been disabled, forcing players to break in-game laws if they want in-game money.
Rockstar informed players of the news via an update to the GTA Online launch status support page. While GTA$ can still be earned through missions and in-game activities, there is currently no option to exchange real-world funds for the currency. As for when GTA Online itself will be fully playable, Rockstar has yet to confirm. According to the same update, it's managed to resolve an error blocking PSN users from servers, but is still facing a glitch preventing some players from completing the tutorial mission. The key points are posted below.
For PlayStation 3 users, a PlayStation Network server issue was detected that was limiting the amount of possible concurrent users. This was preventing most players from accessing GTA Online altogether and as of this morning, that problem was resolved.
There is an issue that is preventing some players from getting through the first tutorial mission across both platforms. Many players have been able to get through this with repeated retries, and we are working on unblocking this for everyone as soon as possible.
This morning, we experienced some instability across the GTA Online services which is affecting even people who have progressed beyond the tutorial mission. We are identifying these issues now and are working to restore stability for users as soon as possible.
For the time being and until we have been able to get everybody access to GTA Online and things are running smoothly, we have disabled the option of purchasable GTA$ cash packs. Players can however keep on earning GTA$ by pulling off Jobs and other profitable gameplay activities rather than purchasing cash packs.
Source: Rockstar Games