Many gamers have been reporting patchy online performance from Gran Turismo 5 in the last couple of days, with random disconnects from online lobbies and “Error Code: 268” when trying to join. There was even a succinct message added to the in-game news feed yesterday afternoon:
Online Service Interruption
We are currently experiencing an interruption of the Gran Turismo 5 online service.
We apologise for the inconvenience and ask for your patience while we work to restore the service.
Though many suspect the culprit to be most recent game update, the reason appears to be more physical in nature – although Kazunori Yamauchi has Tweeted that he’s not entirely sure what the problem is – and Polyphony Digital are working on the repairs.
The issue seems to affect certain users more than others with no direct link between the effect and the users’ location. Unfortunately this gives gamers little else to do than await good news – which we’ll bring you as soon as we get it.
Update: The in-game news feed was updated around 20.00GMT on October 9th with the following:
Online Service Restored
The interruption experienced in the online service of Gran Turismo 5 has been resolved, and the service is now back online.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Although no confirmation has been given as to what caused the problem in the first place, the message indicates it was a hardware fault rather than a software update bug.
Update: The above message has been removed again from the in-game news feed and website around 18.00 GMT on October 10th and users once again report online lobby errors…
GT5 Photomode image courtesy of MonGnoM.