GTA 6 won’t be dropping on PC at launch, but there is some evidence to suggest that a PC port won’t be too far behind.

When Grand Theft Auto 6 was officially revealed, the hype it brought was at least partially mitigated by the announcement that the game would only be coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S at launch.

So far, GTA 6 hasn’t actually been confirmed to arrive on PC, though we all know it’ll no doubt end up there eventually.

Here’s everything that’s been confirmed regarding the GTA 6 PC port so far:

Everything We Know About GTA 6 for PC

Will It Come To PC?

So far, GTA 6 is not officially confirmed to come to PC. Instead, the upcoming game is only scheduled to arrive on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

However, it is almost certain that the newest Grand Theft Auto will arrive on PC in the future. As of right now, Rockstar Games has not confirmed that a PC port is in the works, but the game’s popularity on the platform is most likely too significant to ignore.

GTA 6 Logo and Screenshot

It’s also worth noting that both Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA 5 launched as a console-exclusive title before releasing on PC later down the line.

Rockstar Games even has its own launcher on PC, suggesting that it’s not done releasing its games on the platform.

Likely GTA 6 PC Release Date

The most likely release date for GTA 6 on PC is 2026 – one full year after the game’s release on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

As for why we think this is the case, let’s take a look at Rockstar’s other PC ports and when they arrived:

Red Dead Redemption 2

The most recent release by Rockstar Games, Red Dead Redemption 2, dropped on PC a year after it arrived on PS4 and Xbox One.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Arthur Morgan

As this was the developer’s most recent release, we expect GTA 6 to follow a similar pattern this time around.

Initial Release DatePC Release Date
October 26, 2018November 5, 2019

GTA 5

Although GTA 5 took a little over a year and a half to arrive on PC after its launch, there was good reason for that wait.

GTA 5 Michael Franklin Trevor

The fifth mainline Grand Theft Auto title first arrived on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2013, but Rockstar Games then enhanced the games for PS4 and Xbox One for a re-release in 2014.

PS3, Xbox 360 Release DatePS4, Xbox One Release DatePC Release Date
September 17, 2013November 18, 2014April 14, 2015

This likely delayed the PC port by a year and is the primary reason why GTA 6 isn’t likely to take two years to come to the platform.

Why the Game Isn’t Launching on PC

Late last year, ex-Rockstar Games animator Mike York spoke out regarding the company’s decision to skip PC at launch:

“The reason why a PC port comes later and not the first thing that comes out, is because they want to prioritize what sells,” York claims in a video on his York Reacts YouTube Channel.

It’s certainly true that GTA 5 is a huge hit on console. Even today, over a decade on from its initial release, we frequently see the game appearing in the list of that month’s best-selling titles.

But the PC community certainly has a taste for the game, too.

GTA 5 on SteamCharts

In fact, according to Steam Charts, the game is currently the seventh most popular game on the platform, in terms of current players at the time of this article’s writing.

Ultimately though, it’s not just popularity that determines which platforms a game will come to – the resources required are also important.

“One of the main reasons why a PC port will take so long is because it’s different architecture and different components,” York continues.

Although there are millions of players on PS5, each one will be running the exact same hardware. PC players all boast unique specs in their machines, using different CPUs and GPUs from one another.

Not only does that make the platform harder to develop for, but it makes testing it far more difficult.

“When you’re doing the PC port you have to test things on multiple different hardwares, different GPUs. Not just one or two, but 10 or 20. There’s so many different configurations out there that you’ll just never be able to test them all.”

Ultimately, Rockstar Games likely wants to ensure that when the PC port arrives, it’s done correctly.

And, although Mike York doesn’t comment on this fan theory, it probably doesn’t hurt Rockstar that GTA 6 will likely be purchased a second time by a large percentage of its players when it lands on PC too.

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