S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Would Have Been “Impossible to Run” on PS4 and Xbox One – Developer

GSC Game World's Zakhar Bocharov says S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 simply wouldn't have run on last-gen hardware.

As is usually the case during transitions between console generations, most games 2 – big and small – coming out right now are launching as cross-gen releases, and that’s probably going to be the case for the foreseeable future. Of course, that doesn’t mean they all are- there are some notable exceptions here and there, and one of those is GSC Game World’s upcoming shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2.

The open world horror shooter is confirmed to be releasing for PC and Xbox Series X/S, and according to its developers, that was necessary for the game they were making. We recently spoke with GSC Game World’s PR manager Zakhar Bocharov about the shooter, and when asked if S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 isn’t launching on last-gen consoles because the developers didn’t want to be limited by their hardware, he said: “Exactly. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is a next-gen game, and it’s impossible to run it on Xbox One or PS4.”

Meanwhile, Bocharov also re-iterated that the game will run in 4K on Xbox Series X, and will support HDR on both Series X and Series S. It’s been previously also confirmed that it will support ray-tracing and 120 FPS performance on Xbox Series X- though how the game is going to prioritize all of that across multiple visual modes remains to be seen.

In the same interview, Bocharov also told us that GSC Game World currently has no plans to bring S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 to PS5. Read more on that through here.

Our full interview with Bocharov will be live soon, so stay tuned for that.