GTA 6 looks to be pushing the limits of current-gen consoles, but will the game actually run on the underpowered Xbox Series S?

We’re over four months on from the release of GTA 6’s first trailer and we’re still in a state of disbelief regarding how good the upcoming project looks.

If Rockstar Games’ next open world looks anything like its premiere trailer, the PS5 and Xbox Series X will have some heavy lifting to do.

But what of the Series S, Xbox’s budget gaming console?

Will GTA 6 Run on Xbox Series S?

Yes, Grand Theft Auto 6 will be playable on the Xbox Series S, as well as on PS5 and Series X.

This was officially confirmed by Rockstar Games and parent company Take-Two Interactive alongside GTA 6’s announcement.

In the official press release, Rockstar confirms that: “Grand Theft Auto VI is coming to PlayStation® 5 computer entertainment systems and Xbox Series X|S games and entertainment systems in 2025.”

Rockstar Games Lucia and Jason Key Art

As for how the device will be able to handle the upcoming game, that’s another story.

What to Expect

It’s important to temper expectations about GTA 6’s performance on the PS5 and Xbox Series X compared to the Series S.

Even on the more powerful current-gen consoles, GTA 6 is likely to be limited to 30 FPS. Although Rockstar has yet to confirm this, we can’t see how the upcoming title will manage to hit a smooth 60 FPS – a hurdle that other, less ambitious titles have failed to overcome.

However, we believe that GTA 6 will have to hit a minimum of 30 FPS on the Xbox Series S in order to ensure playability.

That said, we could see the console dropping frames in more intense moments. And if Rockstar wants to keep things feeling smooth, then a different sacrifice needs to be made.

Will the Game Be Lower Resolution?

The Xbox Series S version of GTA 6 will almost certainly offer reduced graphical fidelity when compared to the Series X and PS5 versions.

But it might be more than just altered textures and a lack of ray tracing that Series S players should expect – we’d imagine there will also be a reduction to the resolution available.

In the case of Red Dead Redemption 2, a game that will be over six years old by the time GTA 6 launches, Rockstar Games’ previous title runs at 900p, 30 FPS on Xbox Series S.

Arthur Morgan Red Dead Redemption 2 Xbox Series X vs S
Source: Xbox Game Comparisons

Granted, the Red Dead sequel didn’t get an official next-gen port, which could have helped matters. But when compared to the Series X running the game at 4K resolutions, it’s a notable downgrade.

The title is certainly playable at the lower resolution and doesn’t look bad, but it also doesn’t look like a game running on a current-gen console.

And when it comes to the even more graphically intensive GTA 6, we might see noticeable issues.

Reportedly, Cyberpunk 2077 also fails to reach 1080p on Series S in many areas, despite developer CD Projekt RED’s devotion to getting the game playing smoothly on consoles.

Again though, that’s technically a last-gen title.

In the case of the more recent Alan Wake 2, the Series S managed to impress fans with its 1440p visuals (upscaled from 720p) and a stable 30 FPS.

Alan Wake 2 Xbox Series S vs X Digital Foundry
Source: Digital Foundry

However, given that GTA 6 will need to host a larger number of NPCs and other open-world elements on screen at once, it’ll likely be significantly more intensive to run than Remedy Entertainment’s horror game.

Ultimately, Only Time Will Tell

It’s important to note that the above is merely speculation for now.

Until Rockstar Games openly discusses console performance, or early reviewers get their hands on the title for themselves, we won’t officially know how GTA 6 runs on the Xbox Series S.

Lucia in Car With Money in GTA 6

However, despite the fact that the developer boasts no shortage of talent, we’re not holding our breath for a miracle port.

The best we imagine Series S gamers can hope for is a 1080p, 30 FPS version of GTA 6 – and that might be optimistic.

We’ll keep you updated with the latest information regarding the Xbox Series S port as it continues to drop.

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With almost a decade of experience in video game journalism, Max is a well-versed writer from Manchester, United Kingdom. His expertise shines in his comprehensive coverage of GTA 6, providing fans with the latest news and developments regarding the highly-anticipated sequel.
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