So, the GTA 6 trailer might have been shared a day before it was supposed to be, but the disappointing leak and premature reveal definitely hasn’t managed to curb the incredible amount of hype that Rockstar’s next game is generating. The trailer might have been light on general details, more focused on showcasing the vibe of Vice City that you can expect, along with a few glimpses of lead characters Lucia and the as-yet-unnamed male lead, generally believed to be called Jason.
The trailer concluded with the reveal that GTA 6 is aiming to launch at some point in 2025, but after the trailer, those who read the press release noted that only PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X & S were mentioned as supported platforms. It would seem that PC players are being left out in the cold at yet another Rockstar Games launch, so the question becomes a case of when GTA 6 will release on PC.
This isn’t a question of if GTA 6 is coming to be PC, it’s a matter of when, and with GTA 6 currently scheduled for a vague 2025 release, that means that we should expect the PC release to be some time in 2026 at the earliest. For context, Rockstar’s last release, Red Dead Redemption 2, launched on PC just over a year after the game was dropped on PS4 and Xbox One. GTA V meanwhile only launched on PC 20 months after its original launch on PS3 and Xbox 360, and six months after it was ported to PS4 and Xbox One.
Of course, these estimates and dates are dependent on the main launch of GTA 6 not being delayed any further, but those who have followed Rockstar’s career over the years now won’t be surprised about the lack of a PC release at launch. Rockstar has almost always adopted a “consoles first, PC later” philosophy with their self-developed games.
As for why Rockstar delays their PC releases, there’s no one concrete theory, and Rockstar haven’t really commented on the matter either. It’s possible there are concerns about piracy/data mining with a PC release, so Rockstar would rather ensure that GTA 6 is unspoiled for at least a year, or there could be deals in place with Sony and Microsoft to ensure console exclusivity for a certain period of time. Let’s be honest, there’s going to be a decent contingent of PC players who won’t be able to wait a year for the PC release of GTA 6, and will just splurge on a console to play the game at launch.
Whatever the case may be, the main point to remember is that GTA 6 will be coming to PC at some point in the future, as the market share there is too large to ignore for too long. PC owners will just have to be a little bit more patient than the rest of us if they want to play the next instalment of this iconic franchise. Look on the bright side though: if GTA 6 isn’t coming to PC for at least two years, you’ve got plenty of time to save up for that new graphics cards you’ll inevitably need to run the game in the first place.
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