GTA 6 is likely, we suspect, years away from release. Yes, we're certain you might have read some rumours about potential releases in 2020, or even suggestions of PS5 timed exclusivity.
But given it's now February 2020 and there's less than 7 months to go before we imagine next-gen consoles like the PlayStation 5 will even launch, we think both rumours are pretty pie in the sky.
In fact, as we've noted a few times previously, a release date for GTA 6 seems pretty far off purely based on how long Rockstar Games usually take to do things.
Historically the developer takes plenty of time when it comes to releasing Grand Theft Auo and Red Dead Redemption games, with usually a delay to that initial launch window to add more polish.
For instance, GTA 5 was announced on October 25, 2011, but it wasn't until 17 September 2013 that it was released on PS3 and Xbox 360.
Likewise, Red Dead Redemption 2 was first announced on October 18, 2016 and was originally intended to release in the second half of 2017, but didn't actually make it to consoles until October 26, 2018.
Generally speaking though, the game is normally released a good few years after the first trailer or announcement drops.
It's not like Rockstar to shadow drop a game like this out of nowhere. It's just not their style.
However, after today's massive Xbox Series X news, we think it's plausible, that Rockstar Games could have another solution that would keep fans entertained, and the money rolling in, for the more immediate future.
Along with the news of some rather impressive specs for the next-gen Xbox, Microsoft also announced a new feature called Smart Delivery.
In essence, it's a feature come commitment that all games available on Xbox One will be immediately upgrades for free on Xbox Series X.
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Here's a bit more info from Microsoft on how it works:
"This technology empowers you to buy a game once and know that – whether you are playing it on Xbox One or Xbox Series X – you are getting the right version of that game on whatever Xbox you’re playing on.
"We’re making the commitment to use Smart Delivery on all our exclusive Xbox Game Studios titles, including Halo Infinite , ensuring you only have to purchase a title once in order to play the best available version for whichever Xbox console they choose to play on.
"This technology is available for all developers and publishers, and they can choose to use it for titles that will be release on Xbox One first and come to the Xbox Series X later."
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Following the news, CD Projekt Red confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will also receive a free upgrade on Xbox Series X – clearly making it a more desirable product to buy at launch on Xbox One, with the knowledge it will be upgraded, for free, on Xbox Series X..
Writing on Twitter, the Cyberpunk account also wrote: "Gamers should never be forced to purchase the same game twice or pay for upgrades. Owners of #Cyberpunk2077 for Xbox One will receive the Xbox Series X upgrade for free when available."
Now clearly, this is likely something to do with the marketing input Microsoft has having teamed up with Cyberpunk 2077 ahead of launch. But the announcement does also make it quite clear, 'This technology is available for all developers and publishers'.
Knowing that GTA 6 is likely, years away, and that Rockstar have two products in GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2, with a massive install base, both earning the company masses of income every month, it would seem crazy for Rockstar NOT to take advantage.
Essentially it would be a free pass to upgrade the game and make it instantly more desirable to those players who have still not given it a go.
Got a young (18+) kid who's just bought that shiny new next-gen or maybe got it for Christmas? Suddenly the aging – but still incredible – GTA 5 looks a lot more desirable than say some of the 'new' games.
Likewise, deals that have seen GTA 5 joining both PlayStation Now and Xbox Games Pass, might also play into this.
At the end of the day, as long as people continue to spend cash in GTA Online, Rockstar and Take-Two won't be fussed one bit.
But since it's clear GTA 6 is years away from launch, we can easily see Rockstar Games taking advantage of this advancement in technology, especially if it once again prolongs the shelf life of their best selling entertainment product of all time.
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