Grand Theft Auto V is already the highest-selling digital release on PlayStation 3 ever, Sony has announced.

The open-world title has broken the previous record set by The Last of Us, according to PlayStation Blog.

Across both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Grand Theft Auto V has already topped the UK lifetime sales of Grand Theft Auto IV.

It is already the 12th highest-selling game of all-time in that territory, and fifth on the all-time money-making list, behind four Call of Duty games.

In related news, Rockstar is still tackling the issues hampering Grand Theft Auto Online.

The latest update on the developer’s blog addresses instability in both versions of the game, along with the loss of characters, items, and money.

"We are continuing to investigate the causes of the lost progress and what can be done to minimize the impact until a permanent fix is in place," said the company.

"Also, we have not forgotten about the requests for restoration. We are in the process of determining the options for addressing the issues for those players who have been affected."

For now, Rockstar is advising players to exit GTA Online by pausing the game and choosing to return to singleplayer, thus triggering a save.

If the console is simply switched off or the game exited via the console's system menus, items may not be saved, it warned.

Rockstar also urged players not to use the "Retry" button after receiving the message: "Rockstar Cloud Servers are unavailable", as doing can result in the loss of character data.

Instead, players should exit to the game’s Story Mode and trying entering GTA Online again through the Pause menu.