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GTA 6 requirements prediction

Prepare your PC for a few hardware upgrades with our estimated GTA 6 requirements for PC, including recommended specs from GTA 6 leaks.

GTA 6 requirements prediction

Can you run GTA 6? Numerous GTA 6 leaks have hinted at the Grand Theft Auto VI system requirements, seemingly demonstrating what Rockstar devs have been using to test the game (assuming the leaks are genuine).

Even if the leaks are false, GTA 6’s presence on the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles strongly indicate what level of hardware will be needed for a PC to run GTA 6. So, we’ve analyzed the GTA 6 trailer and utilized our team’s extensive knowledge of gaming hardware to assemble our best estimates for the GTA 6 requirements.

GTA 6 minimum requirements

Working in concert with our sister site PCGameBenchmark, we predict the GTA 6 minimum requirements will require:

  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K
  • RAM: 12GB
  • HD space: 150GB

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card was released in 2019, meaning it will already be six years old by the time GTA 6 launches. However, we believe that Rockstar will keep their GTA 6 requirements low in order to attract a larger audience based on previous Rockstar releases. GTA 5 launched to PC in 2015, but only required a card from 2008 to run on the minimum specs which, given that GTA 5 was available on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2013, isn’t too surprising.

Thus, it seems very likely that the GTA 6 minimum requirements will be just as accessible as its predecessor, and will use a card that is six to seven years old at the time of the game’s PC launch. This will be especially prudent if or rather when Rockstar revamps the GTA Online mode, which will likely see the replacement of the GTA 5 Online mode with a GTA 6 Online mode.

While the minimum GTA 6 PC requirements should get you up and running on the GTA 6 PC release, the trailer painted a picture of a hardware intensive game with evidence of ray tracing, advanced hair physics, reflective surfaces, and crowd density. Fortunately, we know that, no matter how impressive the graphics, the game will still need to run well on the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

So, your PC will need to have equivalent or better specs to the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S hardware to run GTA 6 well. Based on the GTA 5 recommended spec jump from the minimum requirements, modern hardware advancements, and the console specs, we estimate that the GTA 6 recommended specs will require:

  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K
  • RAM: 16GB
  • HD space: 150GB

We already have a good idea on what graphics cards Rockstar might be using to playtest the game due to numerous GTA 6 leaks, which is why we believe GTA 6 will almost certainly run great on an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics card. Ray tracing just so happens to run great on the RTX 2080 SUPER, as you’ll find in just about any RTX 2080 SUPER review, making it all the more likely that this graphics card will be the one Rockstar recommends in the future.

GTA 6 ultra settings

Playing the game on the absolute highest graphics settings could be quite the demanding experience for your PC, and will likely demand some of the latest hardware to run well. This does, however, depend largely on how well Rockstar Games optimize the game for PC. As a result, based on hardware that can run GTA 5 at its absolute best, we predict that the GTA 6 ultra requirements will have a similar markup from the recommended specs. Our prediction for the ultra specs are:

  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K
  • RAM: 32GB
  • SSD space (NVME): 150GB

This is, in many ways, complete overkill for a game that we believe will be very accessible to most gamers. However, full ray tracing and DLSS options will put a considerable demand on your PC if your GPU isn’t up to scratch. We found that GTA 5 runs consistently well on the highest settings with a GeForce GTX 1660 which released in 2019, four years after the PC launch of GTA 5. So, hopefully the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 graphics card from 2023 will run GTA 6 without issue and on the ultra graphics options.

GTA 6 size

Initial predictions put the GTA 6 download size for PC at around 150GB of SSD space, though some sources claim the overall GTA 6 size could go as high as 300GB. 

With many games increasingly requiring an SSD as a storage solution, we believe that the GTA 6 system requirements will require an SSD, and further speculate that GTA 6 won’t be compatible with HDDs. So, if you need an upgrade, check the PCGamesN buyers guide for the best SSD for gaming.

The enhanced graphics, hair physics, dynamic lighting, and the density of crowds in the game’s trailer guarantee that the GTA 6 specs will be significantly higher than GTA 5, so you might want to consider upgrading your gaming rig if it is already more than five years old.

Still unsure if you meet the GTA 6 system requirements? Head over to PCGameBenchmark to answer the question: “Can I run GTA 6?”

There’s still a considerable amount of time before we reach the GTA 6 release date, so our predicted system requirements are subject to change, but our estimates do account for the expected increment in hardware requirements for 2025.