Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Why Is GTA 6 Not Coming To PC At Launch?

The first trailer for GTA 6 has been released and it has got more than 124 million views at this point. So there is a lot of hype around the game but reports claim that GTA 6 will not be coming to PC at launch. Why is that the case? Has it got something to do with limited resources or time?

Reason Behind Rockstar Not Releasing GTA 6 On PC At Launch

Digital Foundry was asked why Rockstar is not releasing GTA 6 on PC at launch, Rich and Alex had a very interesting answer. Rich pointed out that by 2025 PCs are going to have double the computing power compared to consoles. He pointed out that the RTX 4060 is compatible with a console at this point and that also happens to be the typical entry-level for gaming.

I have been using the RTX 3060 Ti since it came out and was interested in upgrading to the RTX 4060 Ti but did not see the value in it since the rasterization performance is about the same and the typical games that I play do not require DLSS or do not support the feature.

Rich mentioned that in theory, Rockstar could release a PC port for GTA 6 alongside the console version of the game but that is just not how Rockstar operates. Alex gave the example of Avatar and mentioned that with the right mindset and resources, the PC version of a game can be released alongside the console version and can even be better in some cases.

Alex pointed out that Rockstar has learned from its past and the devs know that people are going to buy their game twice, so they are definitely going to do that. He also mentioned that he would rather wait and play GTA 6 on PC with more than 30 FPS and enhanced features such as Nvidia DLSS and frame generation. He mentioned that by the time the game comes out the typical entry-level CPU is going to be much beefier than what the current generation of consoles have to offer.

Alex pointed out that Rockstar does not have a resource issue and neither does it have a time issue since the game has been in development for about a decade now.

Former Rockstar developer Mike York, who has worked on games such as GTA 5 and RDR 2 pointed out that Rockstar prioritizes game sales and what works best for them by mentioning the following in a YouTube video:

One of the main things I want to touch on is that the reason why a PC port comes later and not the first thing that comes out is because they want to prioritize what sells. Most of the time, especially in the past, PlayStation was the big seller. So what the developer would do is they would focus all their energy on making sure the PlayStation port and the PlayStation game worked really well. Then they would kind of port to the Xbox —usually they’d do it at the same time. When I was working over on GTA 5, for instance, we were concentrating on the PS3 and the Xbox at the time. But we were mainly pushing the PS3 to the limit because the PS3 was kind of better hardware at the time to use memory and different things.

Mike York

Will GTA 6 Be Ported To Nintendo Switch 2?

The Digital Foundry team mentioned that the Switch 2 is going to be much better than the current one but GTA 6 is a massive game and the hardware requirements to power such a world is realistically not possible for something like the Nintendo Switch 2. The team mentioned that they would wish that the GTA 6 does come to the Nintendo Switch 2 but it does not seem possible. The team mentioned that Rockstar has been very selective about which games it releases on the Switch and keeping in mind that GTA 5 has not been released on the Nintendo Switch, it would not make sense for GTA 6 to release on the Switch 2.

Let us know what you think about GTA 6 not coming to PC on launch and whether or not you would be interested in buying the game twice.

Talha Amjad
Talha Amjad
PC hardware enthusiast and avid gamer. Has been creating content for more than 8 years and has worked with multiple brands and renowned websites. Tech and gaming are more than just work, they are a passion and way of life for me.

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