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Valorant Xbox and PS5 console port release date rumors

Here's everything we know so far about the much-awaited Valorant console port and a potential Valorant Xbox, PS5, and PS4 release date.

Valorant console release date: Gekko

Is Riot Games going to give FPS fans a Valorant Xbox or Valorant PS5 port in the future? Ever since Riot revealed it’s tactical shooter, this has been one of the main questions on the lips of console gamers. Following its successful launch on PC, Xbox and PlayStation owners have been waiting with bated breath for more information on a possible Valorant console release date.

While Riot has been focused on improving the hit FPS game since its release, there might be some good news on the horizon for console gamers. That’s because the studio has entertained the possibility of porting the game to console in the past. As such, Valorant on PlayStation and Xbox might be closer than we first thought.

Valorant Xbox, PS5, and console release date rumors

Riot Games hasn’t officially confirmed if Valorant is coming to consoles, so there’s no Valorant Xbox, PS5, or PS4 release date just yet. The developer revealed in the past that it was exploring a console port, though it’s been some time since we’ve had any sort of update.

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In a 2020 interview with GameSpot, executive producer Anna Donlon said that Riot Games was “definitely prototyping” a port. While she admitted at the time that it wasn’t a priority for the company and that there might be some elements of the game that don’t translate to console play, the team was at least entertaining the notion.

“If we feel we can deliver this experience on those platforms, we absolutely will,” she told GameSpot. “But we really want Valorant to stand for a certain type of gameplay and a certain type of experience.

“It’s not a no, for sure.” She later added if the team were to do it, the port would be delayed.

During the PC version’s closed beta, Valorant’s lead designer Trevor Romleski confirmed Riot was “open to exploring new opportunities for other platforms.”

In June 2020, Felipe Romero, principal engineer, told Eurogamer that Riot believed “getting Valorant running at 120Hz on next-gen consoles is an achievable goal.”

Multiple older job listings have also shown Riot to be working on a console game, though this is most likely to be 2XKO – the studio’s fighting game that’s set to eventually debut on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

Excitement grew after Riot made an appearance at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase in June 2022. However, this was only to announce that Game Pass subscribers could access certain rewards and benefits across Riot’s lineup of competitive games, including Valorant. The game was also added to the PC Xbox launcher, though it remains PC-only.

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Game files referencing PS4 and Xbox One were also found by leakers in August 2022, but given how far into the next generation of consoles we are with the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, the latter is more likely.

Now, in 2024, things are looking far more bleak for the potential port. In January, Riot laid off 11% of its workforce as part of a broader restructuring. While this hasn’t affected its core IPs, it appears to be playing things more cautiously moving forward – particularly when it comes to R&D.

Yet, despite this Valorant has continued to grow year-on-year. Bloomberg’s Cecilia D’Anastasio reported in October 2023 that the multiplayer game had doubled in size since 2021, growing to a whopping 28 million monthly players. Taking that potential for growth to console certainly seems like the logical choice.

However, the live-service environment is growing ever more competitive – especially on console. Though Sony has whittled down its original GaaS output target dramatically, we’re still expecting several titles like Concord to drop by the end of 2025. Meanwhile, PS5 exclusive Helldivers 2 has been a runaway hit, as has multiplatform banger The Finals.

As such, there’s more risk than meets the eye when it comes to translating Valorant onto console. Yes, it’s a tactical shooter unlike the other games mentioned, but there’s no guarantee it’ll achieve the same uptake as it did on PC. If, after all this time, we haven’t heard a peep from Riot, then we’re not convinced that the phrase ‘no news is good news’ applies here.

Valorant console release date: players firing at Jett

Obviously, we’ll update this guide if we hear anything new, but for now, console owners will just have to keep their fingers firmly crossed. Hopefully, a Valorant console release date will arrive sooner rather than later, if at all.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for more shooters to play then check out our guide to the best free shooting games. If budget isn’t an issue, then consult our lists of the best PS5 FPS games and the best Xbox FPS games.