Is Escape From Tarkov coming to Xbox and PlayStation?

Is Escape From Tarkov coming to Xbox and PlayStation?
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Written by 

Harry Boulton


16th Jan 2023 16:48

Anxious players looking on from afar will have been waiting for an Escape From Tarkov console port for a while, wondering if the game will ever come to Xbox or PlayStation platforms. As Escape From Tarkov has been in beta for a couple of years now people have wondered if the game will ever move beyond PC.

Has there been any mention of a jump to consoles for Tarkov? Let's discuss, also, don't miss this Escape From Tarkov beginner's guide to learn the ropes in this challenging game.

Are there plans for Escape From Tarkov on console?

Is Escape From Tarkov Coming To Consoles?
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Thankfully for players without access to a PC, an Escape From Tarkov console release is being planned - at least semi-officially. While there has not been a concrete announcement of Battlestate Games' plans to bring the hardcore shooter to Xbox and PlayStation, game director Nikita Buyanov did state in an interview in 2020 that a console release of Tarkov is planned, and that they are actively talking to several publishers about it.

This is still the only word surrounding an Escape From Tarkov console port, as nothing else has ever been said or announced either officially or otherwise. As the game is still currently in beta with no general launch date known, it is unclear when this proposed console version will come to light.

If you're playing on PC, though, you can use this Escape From Tarkov quest order guide to level up fast.

Escape From Tarkov Console Release Date
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A console version of Escape From Tarkov will most likely not arrive until the game reaches 1.0, as the game is not currently on Steam or any other store, and is only available through the official website. 

Optimisation has always been a challenge for Battlestate Games in regard to Escape From Tarkov, being one of the main reasons why it took over three years for the Streets of Tarkov map to be released. As such, the game's performance could be an issue when porting the game.

Making the jump to PC in lieu of a console version? Don't miss these Escape From Tarkov best settings to make sure you get the most FPS and visibility.

Would Escape From Tarkov work on console?

Could Escape From Tarkov Work On Console?
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Many players have questioned whether Escape From Tarkov would work on consoles, as it is an extremely complex game that might not transfer well to a controller.

Some players argue that it would struggle to run on the current generation of consoles, and while the stability of the game might be an issue, it is silly to think that something like the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 could not run the game.

The main issue is the complexity of the controls in the game, and how far you would have to limit the mechanics to make it work on a controller. Games like Rainbow Six: Siege already limit controller players by removing key inputs like leaning without aiming due to a lack of buttons, and you can only imagine this being far worse with Tarkov.

That said, many complex games have been ported to consoles with some creative control designs, so we'll just have to wait and see what Battlestate Games comes up with.

That rounds off all you need to know about the potential Escape From Tarkov console version. If you're on PC and wondering how to download Escape From Tarkov however, make sure to follow our guide right here.

Harry is a Guides Writer at GGRecon, having completed a Masters of Research degree in Film Studies. Previously a freelance writer for PCGamesN, The Loadout, and Red Bull Gaming, he loves playing a wide variety of games from the Souls series to JRPGs, Counter-Strike, and EA FC. When not playing or writing about games and hardware, you're likely to find him watching football or listening to Madonna and Kate Bush.

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