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False GTA Online bans on PS5 and Xbox Series X - How to avoid

Players are reporting false GTA Online bans on PS5 and Xbox Series X. Here's everything you need to know about how to avoid them.
False GTA Online bans on PS5 and Xbox Series X - How to avoid
So many players have been enjoying the new and improved action-packed GTA 5 and GTA Online as the titles are finally fitted for next-gen consoles. But unfortunately, there have been some issues with false bans being issued when switching games across the new platforms, and players don't seem to know why.

Luckily, we have all the updates and information you need to ensure there will be no issues when playing GTA 5 and GTA Online. Here's everything you need to know about the false GTA Online bans on PS5 and Xbox Series X, as well as how to avoid them.

False GTA Online bans PS5 and Xbox Series X - How to avoid

False GTA Online bans on PS5 and Xbox Series X
Players report false GTA Online bans on PS5 and Xbox Series X. (Picture: TezFunz2 via Twitter / Rockstar Games)

The issue has been brought to light by Rockstar Intel, where GTA Online players are banned when switching from GTA 5 Story Mode to GTA Online. While there is no official word as to why this is happening, there is common suspicion amongst players.

It seems as though specific users are not being banned, but rather their IPs. The theory is that due to the switch between IPs from GTA 5 to GTA Online, the server assumes you are a malicious actor, and auto bans the IP you're playing on.

Thankfully, unlike a "true ban" that removes all the player's resources and progress when banned. The player experiences more of a "soft ban" that locks players out of the game for a specific time.

While this doesn't sound as bad, it is still an inconvenience and a frustrating experience to many players, especially those getting into GTA 5 and GTA Online for the first time on next-gen consoles.

At the time of writing, there has been no official comment from Rockstar Games, but we will continue to monitor the situation and update you accordingly.

How to avoid and is there a possible fix coming?

We hope false bans on GTA Online are fixed soon/
We are hopeful that the false ban issues are resolved soon by Rockstar, but for now be cautious and follow the tips provided. (Picture: Rockstar Games)

We urge players to be cautious when playing. Launch GTA Online from the main menu and do the same for GTA 5. To take extra precautions you can also restart your game in between each session of GTA 5 and GTA Online.

We recommend making this a habit at least until Rockstar releases a fix for this issue to avoid the ban and players can seamlessly switch between games to continue their time in the streets of Los Santos.

That's about everything you need to know about the false GTA Online bans on PS5 and Xbox Series X and how to avoid them. If you enjoyed this article, please feel free to read more from our dedicated GTA 5/GTA Online section.

 

Featured Image Courtesy of Rockstar Games.