Is VALORANT Getting A Console Release? Leak Hints It's Coming!

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VALORANT is one of the best and most popular PC games in recent years, and it's easy to see why Riot Games's 5v5 first-person tactical shooter continues to be a success, but console-only players are wondering if there are any plans to bring the game to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.

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While Riot hasn't announced anything official about a console release, various leaks and rumors suggest that VALORANT will be getting a console version, so let's take a look at the latest updates about it.

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Is VALORANT coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S?

It looks like the console version of VALORANT is coming, if datamined details and and new job descriptions are anything to go by.

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As Valorleaks pointed out, Riot Games released 2 job postings for Senior Game Designers for VALORANT. It's worth noting that these job postings are specified for console game designers.

A dataminer also found strings in VALORANT's files that make reference to PSN and Xbox Live. According to VALORANT leaker Shiina, the strings were added to the game's files for "backend purposes," suggesting that the console version is still in the testing phase.

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On May 2, Riot Games' Amelia tweeted about the open roles on her team, hinting their plans for a VALORANT console release:

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When will VALORANT get a console release?

In June 2020, Riot revealed that they're “prototyping” a console version of VALORANT, but didn't promise because the developer believes that “there’s a way to experience this game that we’re not entirely sure translates completely to console play.”

Riot's job postings specifically for developing VALORANT's console version suggest that things have been progressing well, so it's likely that the studio has major plans to release the game on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. One of the biggest questions now is when VALORANT will arrive on these consoles.

For now, we don't have an exact release date or release window yet as Riot hasn't announced any official news for a console release, but it's clear that Riot Games has a plan of expanding its brand and business across all platforms. Wild Rift's adaptation of the popular MOBA game League of Legends was Riot's first mobile experience, and it turned out to be a success.

There is also a mobile version of VALORANT, and a leaked gameplay videos and images from the Chinese beta have already been shared online.

If you're craving for a similar tactical FPS experience, you can check out NetEase's "VALORANT clone", Hyper Front.