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Will Valorant Release on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S in 2021?

Abhimannu Das
2/Feb/2021 11:28 am

Valorant on Xbox might still be a reality with Riot talking about a console release but they have gone silent for the past 6 months.
In June 2020, a Riot Games Executive Producer Anna Donlon revealed that the team is working on a console release.
She revealed that if the console version does not feel good, Riot will not release Valorant on Xbox or PlayStation fans.

Valorant on Xbox Series X and Series S would be great news for fans but as things stand, Riot might take a while until they release their FPS title on consoles. With the new generation of consoles available right now, it would make perfect sense for a console version of Valorant to be announced but we are still waiting on any official news. Last year, Riot Games’ executive producer Anna Donlon talked about how they are currently prototyping a console version of Valorant but there is no guarantee that it will see the light of day. Since then, there has been no word of Valorant on Xbox or PS5 despite the recent console launches. The studio has not officially canned the project so it might be worth keeping your hopes up for an announcement for Valorant on Xbox Series X or the PS5 in 2021. 

Valorant SkyeValorant on Xbox is certainly a possibility

Will Valorant Release On Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S and Other Consoles

In an interview with GameSpot, Riot Games Executive Producer Anna Donlon talked about how the team wants to bring Valorant on XBox and other consoles and that Riot Games is “definitely prototyping” a port right now. 

However, she also admits that there are some issues with porting it to the consoles. "There's a way to play this game and there's a way to experience this game that we're not entirely sure translates completely to console play. If we feel like we can deliver this experience on those platforms, we absolutely will. 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.

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, PS5, and Other Console Release Dates

While Valorant on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and other consoles would be great, it might not feel the same because of how difficult it is to control recoil on controllers. To compensate for recoil, aim assist is added to consoles and it can completely change how the game feels. PC players have access to fine control over their mouse while controller players do not get the same feeling of precision despite having aim assist. It can be difficult to balance and Riot stressed that they want to stick the landing with Valorant’s release on consoles so don’t expect a Valorant Xbox release date anytime soon. 

While we have now new information on the console release dates, Riot has not scrapped the project so it might still be in the works. They need to find the right balance across input options on PC and console and the fact that the studio seriously considered developing a console version of the game, there is no  reason to give up your hopes just yet

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Abhimannu Das is a part of the content team at AFK Gaming and a lifelong obsessive gamer. He is covering content on esports titles like VALORANT, CS: GO, Call of Duty, Fortnite, PUBG and more. He also writes opinion pieces, cover stories and conducts interviews with esports professionals.