GTA 6 might be too much for the base PS5

  • The first trailer for Grand Theft Auto 6 has been released by Rockstar Games to unfettered frenzy from gamers.
  • It will launch in 2025 first on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X, with PC players having to wait another year for a PC port.
  • A report indicates that Sony may be looking to bundle the game with an as-of-yet unannounced “PS5 Pro” console on release.

The first, highly anticipated trailer for Grand Theft Auto (GTA) 6, the sequel to the best-selling game ever, received nearly 50 million views in the seven hours after it dropped on the official YouTube page of developer Rockstar Games.

Rockstar also revealed that the GTA 6 will only be releasing worldwide in 2025, so fans have to wait a whole 2024 with bated breath before they can sink their claws into the next immersive sim from the creators of Red Dead Redemption.

The trailer, which shows no actual gameplay, and could be comprised entirely of in-game cutscenes or even pre-rendered cinematics, showcases what Rockstar has in mind for players to experience within Vice City, a satirised and over-the-top (debatable) version of real-world Miami, Florida.

Players are already expecting the most realised virtual world ever to grace videogames, which is exactly what the trailer is promising. On social media, fans already believe that current-gen consoles will struggle to run the game, especially taking into account the expected scope and Rockstar’s penchant for going too far to capture realism. We all remember the horse testicle debacle.

But those closer to official sources could indicate that console makers themselves are expecting GTA 6 to be too much for offerings already on the market. A Tom’s Guide report cites a former Sony developer, Alex Smith, who revealed on X that Sony has secured marketing rights for GTA 6 and will be looking to bundle the game with the PlayStation (PS) 5 Pro.

Sony is not yet offering the PS5 Pro, it is as of yet unannounced, basically a version of the PS5 with beefier hardware in the same vein as the PS4 Pro which launched in 2016. The bundle will include the upgraded console and a copy of GTA 6. Sony and Rockstar did something similar in 2013 when GTA 5 launched and was bundled with the PlayStation 3.

This is a good idea to sell consoles, especially as the new title from Rockstar will almost certainly be one of the best-selling games ever. Another reason why we think this particular rumour holds water is that we noted the base PS5 showing some wear from playing Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

In particular during the graphically intensive parts of the game, such as Sandman’s sandstorm spreading across New York in the opening mission. There was audible fan noise from the console, noting that the hardware was being pushed by the latest graphics as the PS5 is almost four years old at this point.

Rockstar may also be pushing the release of GTA 6 on PC due to this agreement with Sony, with Smith noting that the GTA 6 PC port could launch one full year after the game launches on PS5 and Xbox Series S/X. This tracks with Rockstar’s previous titles. Both GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 only saw PC ports a few years after the games hit consoles first.

The PS5 Pro now joins the upcoming “slim line” PS5 in the group of expected new consoles from Sony.


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