Grand Theft Auto 5 was released on September 17th, 2013. And, despite being out for over 7 years and now, 3 different generations, the game’s popularity hasn’t diminished at all. Developed by Rockstar Games, GTA V has been released globally on different platforms including Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 with a next-gen release coming soon.
According to some reports, it has sold more than 140 million copies around the world making it the 2nd best selling game of all time behind Minecraft.
GTA V has always been rather unstable on PC, consistently running into errors and crashes. Rockstar Games development team has been trying to keep on top of these issues but they still keep popping up. In the past, the game has faced many errors like the game freezing after every 5 minutes, missing texture issues, and game crashing, and many more. But nowadays the gamers of GTA 5 around the world are facing an annoying issue that displays that Rockstar game services are not unavailable.
Hi, I've been trying to play GTA V online for days now and I'm always getting the same error "Rockstar game services are unavailable" I also can't access Social Club and Rockstar launcher through the web. Any help
— mayunesa (@chriss_g4) February 5, 2021
The fact that this error is annoying is because it pops mid-game and ruins your experience. It also has a negative impact on your player profile and affects your game progress so far. This error could be due to weak connectivity, PC drivers, or firewall. We will have a look at some of the fixes to resolve this issue in GTA V.
Restart GTA V on your system
Yes, you heard it right. Instead of trying technical fixes, try this simpler method. This simple and classic method works like magic. Chances are that while playing games, certain processes might become laggy and affect in-game activities. So if you are playing on console on PC, the first thing you need to do is restart GTA 5. Simply close the game and turn it on after 2-3 minutes.
This will give the system a fresh start, fix any glitches, and will try to clear the cache. For better performance, try rebooting your gaming device. This will reset system memory and clear any bug in the memory segment and refresh system performance by killing unwanted tasks.
Check GTA V Display calibration
If you get the same error despite restarting, check in-game calibration. From this method, you can see if GTA V is running perfectly on your side. To check display calibration, follow the steps given below:-
- Launch your game on the console
- On Playstion and Xbox, press and hold L1+R1 for few seconds when the game loads.
- If you see the calibration screen, the game is running smoothly on your side.
- Restart the game and see if the error is resolved.
Try Disabling proxy servers
Chances are that the Rockstar datacentre might restrict your connection. One reason could be your proxy connection. Due to this, your game might not work properly on online game mode. You can disable proxy servers and resume playing the game smoothly. Follow the steps below to disable proxy servers on your PC for GTA V:
- Press Win+R to launch the Run command prompt on PC
- Type inetcpl.cpl and hit enter. It will open internet properties
- Go to the Connections tab
- Select LAN settings from the menu
- You will find proxy servers check box, disable them if you are using proxy servers
- save the settings and restart GTA V to resolve services unavailable error
Check your Internet Connection, Configure NAT, and QoS services
The reason you are seeing this error could be due to an internet connection issue. Your connection might be weak or unstable. You need to turn off your router and restart it again. Simply press the power button behind the router. Wait for 5-10 seconds and restart it again. This will help to reset the data connection and provide good signal strength. You can also disable WIFI from idle or unused devices to reduce the load on the router.
You also need to configure advanced router settings. A restricted connection can also be the cause for service unavailable issue. You can resolve this by changing NAT and QoS type. Strict NAT type won’t allow you to have a secure connection with the game servers.
For this, you need to change it from Strict to open. You can do this from the settings menu of your router home page. Login to your router home page. Look for the UPnP option and enable it. Save the settings and restart the router. Now your NAT is open and you can play the game without any error or issues online.
You also need to set a preference for bandwidth. This could be done by prioritizing GTA V from QoS settings. Basically, QoS provides maximum bandwidth to the desired process. If you saw this error, it could be due to your game getting low bandwidth. So in order to change the priority, go to the router setting and look for QoS. Enable the option and give GTA V high priority, Sva the settings and restart your router.
Configure DNS settings
Switching to Google DNS is very useful. It will help in a secure connection. Changing DNS also help in online gaming without any error or disruption. If you face such a connection issue, switch to Google DNS. Follow the steps below to change the DNS settings:
- Open the Control Panel and click on the option ‘Network and Internet’.
- Then click on ‘Network and Sharing Center’ and then click the option of ‘Change Adapter Settings’.
- Right-click the ‘Network Interface’ and select ‘Properties’.
- Select and check the Internet protocol version and click the properties option.
- Enter 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 digits in the menu boxes given
- Click the Advanced button and then the DNS tab and then select the add button
- Specify the alternate DNS server addresses and click the add button and then close it.
As soon as you will finish this, the system will run the DNS settings you have chosen. This step will surely help to fix the problem.
These were some of the methods that would be helpful in solving the issue. But if you are still facing this error, then immediately lodge a complaint to the support team of GTA 5. They will look into this issue and identify the root cause of the problem.
If you haven’t played GTA V yet, what are you waiting for, check it out now