After enjoying almost two years' worth of free updates to GTA Online, PS3 and Xbox 360 players of Grand Theft Auto V will have to move on to newer consoles or the PC version to get more, Rockstar has confirmed.
Next week's significant new additions to GTA Online - specifically Freemode Events, new spontaneous open-world events that anyone can take part in - will not be coming to the Xbox 360 and PS3 version of the game, because it has become impossible for the technology of the older consoles to support it. Rockstar had previously said on its Newswire that this time would eventually come:
"As we mentioned previously, we always knew there might be a point where we would reach the technical capacity of what the older generation of consoles can handle as each downloadable update requires additional memory both for assets and for additional scripting. We have continued to optimize the entire game over time in order to squeeze as much memory as we possibly could out of the last-generation hardware and at some point, continuing to add content for those systems could cause the risk of instability to the game overall."
It's been great while it lasted - frankly I'm still impressed that Grand Theft Auto 5 and GTA Online managed to run on the older consoles at all. Rockstar has no intentions to stop supporting GTA Online on the older systems server-side.
You can read all about the new updates coming to the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions of GTA Online on September 15th right here.