Red Dead Redemption 2 is out this week on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Sadly though, Rockstar has yet to even announced a PC version. Rest assured though, it'll be coming one day.
Rockstar's latest is scooping up rave reviews, earning an average score of 97% on OpenCritic. It's safe to this a game well worth playing. No doubt a few of you are wondering whether to take the plunge and buy Red Dead 2 now though or hold out for a hopeful PC version.
PC is the most powerful, flexible, and widespread gaming platform in the world, and there are plenty of good reasons to save your money and wait for the upgraded version.
Mod Support for Red Dead Redemption 2
Okay, so Rockstar’s mod support has been shonky at the best of times, or needless aggressive at the worst. Despite this though, Grand Theft Auto V still managed to flourish as a modder’s paradise, all despite the
And look, once the single-player campaigns are out of the way, you’re down to messing to around in the open world and, well, here’s the truth - Red Dead’s horses are pretty boring to ride around on, while GTA V’s sports cars and motorbikes are lethally fun. The solution? Mod GTA V’s vehicles into Red Dead Redemption 2’s open-world. I rest my case. Now we just need someone to mod in Back to the Future 3’s train, allowing us to take rides backward and forwards through time, with Red Dead Redemption 2 at one end and GTA V at the other. Mmmmm.
Thanks for Beta Testing Red Dead 2 and Red Dead Online
Open-world games tend to be littered with teething issues, and the more ambitious the game, the more likely there are going to be problems Once again, the console crew will have done all the hard work for us. Red Dead Redemption 2 will have been out a few months or years and any issues, gameplay balances and bugs would’ve been stamped, leaving us with the best launch version of Red Dead 2. All we’ll need is patience, my dear Watson, patience.
High Frame Rates, High-Resolution Support, and High Noon in Red Dead Redemption 2
On their boxes, it tells you the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro are capable of 4K, but that’s only theoretical and applies to just a handful of games. 4K and 60fps though? Good luck. There’s only one place we’ll be able to play Red Dead Redemption 2 looking as good as it possibly can be, and running as smoothly as it ever could.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is likely to be a hugely demanding game on PC. However, the beauty of PC gaming is we can tailor the experience to exactly what we want. If you want to prioritise a rock-solid 60fps in Red Dead Redemption 2, go ahead and do it. If 4K resolution and maximum visuals in Red Dead 2 is your own, just crank those settings up. Want the absolute best of both worlds? Upgrade your hardware for the ultimate experience.
Red Dead Royale
If Grand Theft Auto V taught us anything, it’s that aging console hardware can hold back Rockstar’s multiplayer ambitions. GTA Online was limited to just 16 players on PS3 and Xbox 360, eventually bumping up to 30 players for PS4, Xbox One, and, yes, PC. With Red Dead Redemption 2 launching similarly late in the respective consoles’ life cycles, we’re hopeful Red Dead 2’s player count can be pushed above and beyond 30. Our dream of a 100-player Red Dead Royale remains intact.
Mouse and Keyboard Beat Controllers in a Duel Anyday
Jon's sunk many hours into Red Dead Redemption 2 for his review and it’s undoubtedly a fantastic game. However, its one major downfall is its control scheme. In particular, the massively aggressive auto-aim which automatically points to the chest of the nearest person. You can turn it off, of course, but good luck hitting a barn door in a game designed from the ground up to essentially do all the work of aiming for you. It’s a bit fiddly, it’s a bit clunky, and it’s Step forward the humble mouse and keyboard. Dead Eye basically isn’t even needed on PC, such is the speed and gusto at which we can pop off headshots with a six-shooter. With a mouse is the way Clint Eastwood would agree RDR2 was meant to be played.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Will Have Better Visuals on PC
If you’ve played the original GTA5 on PS3 or Xbox 360 and then played the PC version, you’ll be all too aware just how much better the PC version can look. The 7-year-old consoles were holding back Rockstar’s open-world crime-em-up, and once we could throw our high-end hardware at it, it looked an entirely different beast. Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC could have far more environmental detail, greater draw distances, higher NPC counts, and actual, native 4K support.
RDR2 will be Ours to Own Forever
It’s an obvious one, but consoles have generations. With each new generation, it’s a coin toss whether you can play your previous-gen games, and it becomes even more unlikely the further back you go. When Red Dead Redemption 2 comes to PC this won’t be an issue. We will be able to buy RDR2 on Steam and know it’ll be sat in our Steam libraries forever, ready to play no matter how many times we upgrade our hardware.
Who else is planning to wait for Red Dead Redemption 2 to drop on PC? What other PC exclusive features are you looking forward to? Let us know below!