Will Valorant Ever Release on Console? Riot Confirms Port in Progress
The same reason we were skeptical about CSGO ever coming to console is the same reason as Valorant: both were designed with keyboard and mouse users in mind. So when the discussion of “Is Valorant coming to console?” comes around, we’re going to meet it with a pinch of salt. Riot Games has teased Valorant on console before, but there’s nothing truly concrete. While we’re not going to hold our breath, Joe Ziegler, Game Director of Valorant has confirmed that they are working hard on porting Valorant for a console release.
This is surely not going to happen in the next few months, or it could even take a year or two. Just know that the Riot Games team is working on it to see what is and is not possible.
Another Hill to Climb
Let’s be honest, when Valorant was announced, the console crowd was enraged. This was the hot new shooter that everyone was talking about, but it was only available on PC. Why would they be surprised though? After all, it was developed with the keyboard and mouse crowd in mind. Is it possible to see a Valorant console release? Of course, it’s possible. Just about anything in gaming is possible. Ziegler has said there have been quite a few challenges to overcome in working on this possibility.
Back in June, Felipe Romero, principal engineer of Valorant spoke about what Valorant could lose in a port:
“Valorant is a game that requires precise aiming, responsive movement, recoil control, and being able to execute abilities in a limited amount of time.”
A controller just doesn’t have the same response time and button offerings that a keyboard does. However, that’s not to say that the Valorant team has given up, far from it. Ziegler feels a controller-based version of Valorant would feel wildly different and isn’t sure if gamers would still be happy with the game if sacrifices had to be made in order to play on console.
The controls would likely not feel as tight, and the precise aiming of Valorant would possibly suffer. What about using a touch screen on a mobile device? Could that replicate the same feeling as you would get on a PC? Unlikely. That doesn’t mean it’s a dead-end, though. If it’s possible to release Valorant on a console and have people happy with it, they’ll find it.
Of course, there’s always going to be people unhappy, no matter what. This is the Internet, after all. You could release a perfect port and everything, and people would still have a reason to be mad. If it has aim-assist, for example, the PC players won’t be happy because they “work harder” and it “requires more skill” than on a console.