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Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6)

A GTA 6 release date might be quite far away and whilst that's bad for PS4 and Xbox One owners, it could provide PC players with a welcome boost and early launch.


Grand Theft Auto 6 is likely still a few years away. Recent reports between several high-profile industry journalists and leakers have raised a slight question mark on how far along production the game is, but a 2020 or even 2021 release feels rather hopeful at this stage.

Well-known and well-respected journalist Jason Schreier wrote a piece recently which suggested Grand Theft Auto 6 is in early development at Rockstar Games. Notably, Schreier believes the game to be in early development – many years away from release.

Alternatively, Yan2295, a well-known and trusted Rockstar insider who's leaks and insights have proved accurate before, disagrees with Schreier's reporting.

In fact, to solidify Yan's credentials, he stopped leaking details at the request of Rockstar Games some years back.

Yan2295 suggested the game was likely to be in the "early stages of testing", rather than the early stages of development. TezFunz2, another well-known Rockstar insider, agreed with Yan2295, and believes the game is closer to release than we've been lead to believe.

Either way, we know Rockstar Games like to take their time with new releases and wouldn't be afraid to delay to add extra polish. The longer this wait goes on, the less likely it seems GTA 6 will come to existing console hardware.

But there is, however, a potential upside to this potential long wait for Rockstar Games next installment. Although we doubt it will please PS4 and Xbox One owners.

At this point it seems safe to say that GTA 6 will release exclusively on PS5 and Xbox Series X.

We say that because ultimately with the game likely a few years away, we would very much imagine that any new game (from any studio) released in say, 18-24+ months time, will likely look to leave the past generation of consoles behind.

After all, we know that Rockstar has previously stated how GTA 5 was held back due to being first developed on PS3 and Xbox 360.

However, assuming that GTA 6 does arrive exclusively on next-gen consoles - which would ultimately be bad news for anyone clinging to the hope the game comes to PS4 and Xbox One - it could be great news for PC players.

Typically, PC players have been left waiting up to a year before getting their hands on the game on PC.

In the case of GTA 5, it was released in September 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, then in November 2014 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

PC Players were left waiting until April 2015 before it came to Microsoft Windows.

Equally, with Rockstar Games most recent game, Red Dead Redemption 2, a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One took place in October 2018, and the game eventually arrived on Microsoft Windows and Stadia in November 2019.

However, with next-gen consoles closing the gap on PC hardware, it's quite possible that any GTA 6 release could see a simultaneous release across all platforms.

This seems especially plausible when you factor in the sort of high-praise that Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has been lavishing on next-generation gaming consoles, in particular Sony’s PlayStation 5.

Speaking with The Verge in May, Sweeney suggested that the PS5 will bring about changes in game development that go far beyond a jump in graphics quality, which could be essential for PC Gaming in the future.

“It has an immense amount of GPU power, but also multi-order bandwidth increase in storage management. That’s going to be absolutely critical,” Sweeney said.

“It’s one thing to render everything that can fit in memory,” he adds, but a much more impressive feat to render a world that “might be tens of gigabytes in size” almost instantaneously, as Sony’s new console and its M.2 solid-state drive are promising.

“We’ve been working super close with Sony for quite a long time on storage,” Sweeney added. “The storage architecture on the PS5 is far ahead of anything you can buy on anything on PC for any amount of money right now. It’s going to help drive future PCs. [The PC market is] going to see this thing ship and say, ‘Oh wow, SSDs are going to need to catch up with this.”

Clearly there's still a long way to go, and there are many details about next-gen consoles which remain up in the air.

But as the horizon between high-end PC and next-gen console continues to dimmish, a simultaneous launch across all systems seems more and more possible.

Unfortunately, we'll just have to continue playing the waiting game, and hope Rockstar Games makes a GTA 6 announcement sooner rather than later.


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