GTA 6 could be the most highly anticipated video game release of all time, with the reveal trailer already having 147 million views in just 10 days which led to it breaking multiple records. The next entry in the GTA series has a great foundation to build on as GTA 5 is the second best-selling video game of all time with over 190 million copies sold worldwide. GTA 6 has already been confirmed to launch in 2025 on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S with a PC port later, but one platform that will likely not see a GTA 6 release is the upcoming Nintendo Switch 2.
It has been reported that the Nintendo Switch 2 could launch in mid-2024, just in time for the release of GTA 6 the following year, but that doesn’t mean we can expect to see Rockstar Games’ new title on the console. In a recent video, Digital Foundry detailed why it is unlikely that we will see GTA 6 on Nintendo’s upcoming console.
“I’d love to say it would happen. I don’t think it will, realistically,” he continued. “It’s a mobile chipset. We’ve seen a lot of amazing things on the Switch 1. Switch 2 is going to be a lot better, a proper generational leap, and forward-looking in many ways. But the stuff they seem to be rolling out for GTA 6 is possibly beyond that.”
Based on what was seen in the GTA 6 trailer, Rockstar Games is looking to push the limits of what gaming can achieve currently, with impressive lighting, ray tracing, and the sheer amount of models and detail that can be seen on screen at any one time. This will make it incredibly difficult to pull off on the Nintendo Switch 2 despite its more powerful hardware when compared to its predecessor. This is largely in part due to it using mobile hardware, which limits its capabilities but does allow for the portability which has played a large part in the success of the original Nintendo Switch.
Rockstar Games didn’t port GTA 5 to the Nintendo Switch, which has hardware capabilities similar to the Xbox 360 which was released in 2005. The studio did recently port 2010’s Red Dead Redemption to the Nintendo Switch, but the decade-old GTA 5 has never materialized on the system despite fans requesting it for the duration of the Switch’s lifecycle.
Despite leaving hundreds of millions of dollars on the table, it will be extremely unlikely that we will see GTA 6 release on the Nintendo Switch 2, so fans of both Nintendo and GTA will need to look at purchasing a PS5, Xbox Series X, or PC to play the game. The good news is that Sony is rumored to be working on a PS5 Pro so this could be perfect timing to make the jump to the more powerful hardware in time for GTA 6’s release in 2025.