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How to fix GTA Online joining a session error

Here’s a few tips on how to fix the infamous GTA Online error joining a session bug that causes plenty of frustration in the community.

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Here are a few methods you can try to fix the infamous GTA Online error joining a session bug.

GTA Online has been one of the most popular MMOs for the past eight years. While players patiently await GTA 6, Rockstar Games has continued to update GTA V’s online counterpart.

While it has maintained popularity for nearly a decade, it still has bugs that persist. One of the bugs that have plagued GTA Online since the start has been the “error joining session” bug.

Sadly, there isn’t one fix that has worked for everyone. Instead, here is a list of different things you can try to resolve the issue. It’s unknown what causes this bug, but hopefully, the developers will find a more permanent fix.

How to fix GTA Online Error Joining a Session bug

Again, there isn’t a one size fits all fix for the GTA Online error joining a session bug. Instead, this list is a number of different fixes you can try.

One of these should resolve the issue unless GTA Online’s servers are currently offline.

  • Check Rockstar Server Status
    • If the servers are down, you will have to wait until they are brought back online
  • Restart GTA V
  • Restart your PC or Console
  • Make sure your console is up to date
  • Update GTA V/Online
  • Check your internet connection
    • Restart your router
  • Try playing Single Player/Story before switching to Multiplayer
  • Choose Online Play before loading in
  • Disable Antivirus or Firewall on PC

And if none of these fixes resolve the issue, you might just have to wait. Some players reported that doing nothing and coming back to the game later made the error joining a session bug go away.

If you have another fix that doesn’t appear on this list, feel free to let us know!  Reach out via our Charlie INTEL Facebook Page and Charlie INTEL Twitter Page!

For more GTA Online, check out how to make $600k in an hour in GTA and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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GTA Online Prize Ride August 18 vehicle: How to get Retinue for free

Thanks to the GTA Online Los Santos Tuners update, players can earn a weekly Prize Ride vehicle, and here’s how to get one, and what it is.

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A new GTA Online weekly update has arrived, and players can get their hands on the Retinue for free as the GTA Online Prize Ride August 18 vehicle.

Rockstar brought a new GTA Online update on August 18, with the Rapid GT Classic becoming available as the Diamond Casino Podium Reward vehicle, along with major discounts and bonuses across Los Santos.

This week’s update also features the Retinue as the new Prize Ride Challenge vehicle that can be obtained by GTA players for free after completing a challenge, and we’ll detail everything you need to know.

How to unlock GTA Online’s free Retinue Prize Ride

Retinue Prize Ride in GTA Online

In order to unlock the Retinue for free in GTA Online, you’ll need to place top 5 in Street Races for 2 days in a row. Once this Prize Ride Challenge is completed, the vehicle will become available to you.

This classic 2-door vintage coupe costs typically up to $615,000, but if you can prove your racing skills are up to the task, you’ll get the vehicle absolutely free.

Here’s Rockstar’s official description of the Retinue:

“The Vapid Retinue began its life as a blue-collar hero: an overpowered, oversteering, gas-guzzler, built and sold for the working man. From those humble beginnings, it became one of the most successful rally cars of all time. And now, all that rich history makes it prime hipster bait for the soulful one-percenter for some authenticity. Yep, that’s where you come in.”

GTA Online prize ride challenge

From August 18, players can get their hands on this awesome vehicle which will remain available only until August 25, 2022. So, you’ll want to hurry if you want to acquire the Retinue completely free of charge.

Each week, players can unlock a new vehicle at the LS Car Meet, and the GTA Online weekly update patches also feature a plethora of other fun content for you to get your hands on.


Also, check out our article on the GTA Online 2022 player count stats, and stay tuned for the August 25 Prize Ride vehicle when it releases!

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GTA Online August 18 patch notes: Rapid GT Classic Podium Vehicle, 3x GTA$ & RP

The August 18 GTA Online update patch adds the Rapid GT Classic to the Casino Podium, along with major discounts and bonuses.

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A new GTA Online weekly update has arrived, with the August 18 patch adding the Rapid GT Classic as the Casino Podium reward, along with some significant bonuses and discounts.

Grand Theft Auto fans are being treated well, with the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S re-release finally here and Rockstar Games confirming that the highly-anticipated GTA 6 is currently in development.

The developers also implement frequent changes in GTA Online through weekly content updates, and a new patch arrived on Thursday, August 18, bringing discounts, bonuses, and a brand-new podium vehicle.

GTA Online August 18 patch notes

Diamond Casino Podium Reward vehicle: Rapid GT Classic

Rapid GT Classic in GTA Online

The grand prize at GTA Online’s Diamond Casino Lucky Wheel this week is the Rapid GT Classic, a two-door classic grand tourer that appears to be based on the real-life 1972-89 series Aston Martin V8.

The Rapid GT Classic normally costs up to $885,000 but you can acquire it for free if you land on the vehicle reward during one of your free spins this week, so simply head to the Diamond Casino and Resort, walk over to the wheel, and have a go.

Luxury Autos showcase vehicles: Ruiner ZZ-8 and Pariah

Ruiner ZZ-8 and Pariah in GTA Online Luxury Autos Showcase

You can head over to the Luxury Autos showroom and check out two new vehicles. The first is the Imponte Ruiner ZZ-8 muscle car which is based on the real-life 1998-2002 Pontiac Firebird and is available for $1,339,210.

Another vehicle that’s on display is the Ocelot Pariah two-door sports car which you can purchase for $735,080. This car is mainly modelled after the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato and boasts high top speed as well as impressive acceleration.

Premium Deluxe Motorsport vehicles

GTA Online Speedo, Dynasty, Fagaloa, Sultan Classic, and Impaler in Premium Deluxe Motorsport showroom

Five new vehicles have been added to the Premium Deluxe Motorsport showroom in Los Santos this week, and you can head over there if you want to test-drive or purchase any of them from Simeon.

Here are all the vehicles available in the Premium Deluxe Motorsport showroom:

  • Speedo ($15,000)
  • Dynasty ($471,660)
  • Fagaloa ($353,240)
  • Sultan Classic ($1,055,880)
  • Impaler ($220,840)

3x GTA$ & RP

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Special promotions and extra earning opportunities are here once more as you can get yourself a nice helping of 3x GTA$ & RP on Clubhouse Contracts.

You can also get 2x GTA$ & RP in Cayo Perico Races as well as Land & Air Races. Be sure to take advantage of these bonuses before the week comes to an end.

GTA Online discounts

Executive office in GTA Online

GTA Online players will find a ton of discounts this week, with plenty of clothing and vehicles up for grabs at a fraction of the price. These discounts will remain available until the end of the week, so you’ll want to hurry up before they expire.

Here are all the latest discounts in GTA Online:

  • 40% off
    • Sultan Classic ($1,030,800 – $773,100)
    • Glendale ($120,000 – $90,000)
    • Impaler ($199,101 – $149,700)
    • Faction Custom ($201,000)
    • Marshall ($300,000)
  • 50% off
    • Pariah ($710,000)
    • Vortex ($178,000)

There’s also 40% off on MC Clubhouses and 50$ off Biker Jackets. That just about does it for this week’s update, which will last until August 25, 2022 – so check back then for all of the latest bonuses and discounts.


For more GTA content, check out how to cancel a mission in GTA Online as well as this GTA 6 leak claiming that the devs are aiming for photorealism.

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Grand Theft Auto 6 could be most beautiful GTA ever as leakers tout “photorealism” goals

According to one prominent leaker, Rockstar are aiming to achieve “photorealism” in the visual presentation of GTA 6.

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A notable Grand Theft Auto leaker has claimed that Rockstar Games are aiming for “photorealism” when working on the highly-anticipated GTA 6.

Ever since GTA 6 was confirmed to be in production by Rockstar Games, Grand Theft Auto fans have been hoping for more details about the highly-anticipated sequel to be officially revealed.

While official information about the game has been scarce, numerous leaks and reports have revealed details about the main character and location. Now, a new leak may have given a hint about how the game will look.

Rockstar Games strive to achieve groundbreaking visuals in their games, and titles like Grand Theft Auto V as well as Red Dead Redemption 2 have received wide acclaim in that regard. It seems that this will also be the case with GTA 6.

Prominent insider ‘Tez2’ claimed in GTA forums that Rockstar Games have extremely ambitious plans for the visual presentation of Grand Theft Auto 6, as the game will be “very much into photorealism.”

This could be achieved through improved ray tracing, highly-detailed textures, more prominent shadows, as well as other innovative changes. This would have to be done in a way that wouldn’t negatively affect the game’s performance.

This lines up with the announcement from Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive that the game will set creative benchmarks. Achieving photorealism could be one way for the game to do that.

However, it’s worth keeping in mind that this is just a leak, as Tez2 claims to have received this information from a friend that reportedly talked to a former Rockstar dev. So, take this information with a grain of salt.


For more Grand Theft Auto content, check out this leak claiming that Rockstar will expand GTA 6 with new cities and single-player DLC as well as the GTA Online weekly update patch notes.

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