How to get online with GTA4
Originally Posted by meatychi
If anyone hasn't used GTA4 online yet, it's probably a good idea to try it out before 9pm to make sure you can connect and start the games successfully. To get online, when you're within the GTA4 game itself, push Up on the controller to get your mobile phone to appear, press X for the menu, scroll down and select 'Multiplayer' followed by 'Quick Match' (the other option 'Custom' allows you to create and host your own match).
After chosing 'Quick Match', you'll have a choice of all the game modes in GTA4 (see full details here: http://www.gta4.net/multiplayer/) and by selecting one you will go to a screen showing a list of players with the map and games options selected. Press X again to indicate you're ready, and when everyone else is or enough players are there the action starts.
For tonight, you'll get an invite from either myself or Kontraband from 9pm. To be honest, I've only ever sent out invites rather than received them, but I think you only have to be playing GTA4 (plus have your PS3 connected to the web and signed into PlayStation Network, obviously) to get involved - when inviting people, a little 'IV' icon appears to show you're playing it.
Hopefully this makes sense. The bottom line is that to play tonight, you just need to be signed into PSN and be playing GTA4!