We now know exactly what PC hardware is required to play Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC, but just how good is this stunning open-world narrative-driven game going to look on the world’s most powerful gaming platform? Rockstar has revealed the first screens of RDR2 on PC, providing a sneak peek of what’s in store from the ultimate version of this Western epic.
Red Dead 2 is back and looking better than ever. While the console version is locked at low resolutions (below 1080p on the base consoles), RDR2 on PC has greatly improved visuals, 4K support, and unlocked frame rates.
As these artful screenshots aren’t taken from a gameplay perspective, this makes it a little bit difficult to identify just how much improvement the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 has over the console edition. They sure do look purdy though, and a game which looks like the console version at higher resolution would be fantastic in and of itself.
But that isn't all, of course. If you've already played Red Dead Redemption 2 on consoles and you're wondering whether to double dip on a PC version then it has a lot of exclusive features. Rockstar has promised the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 will have a stack of graphical enhancements, including the following:
- Increased draw distances which helps with navigating the world
- Improved global illumination which makes for better day and night lighting
- Enhanced ambient occlusion
- Higher quality snow trails (footprints left in the snow)
- Improved reflections with higher resolutions
- Higher resolution shadows across all draw distances
- Tessellated tree textures
- Improve grass and other vegetation
- More detailed fur textures on clothing and animals
In addition to all that, the PC version will also benefit from the ability to actually run at 4K resolution if you’ve the required hardware. There’s also multi-monitor support, ultra widescreen support, and HDR compatibility. Ah, and the bit you’re probably all looking for - high frame rate support. No more 30fps in RDR2, thank you very much.
As for the PC exclusive content, Rockstar is rolling it a ton of the updates from Red Dead Online into Red Dead Redemption 2 PC's single-player campaign. RDR2 on PC includes the following bonus content:
3 New Bounty Hunter Missions:
- Herman Zizendorf has been stealing tools from tradesmen – track him down in Blackwater.
- Ex-Confederate Cavalry Officer Camille de Millemont is wanted dead or alive out by Catfish Jacksons, but his loyal men are never far behind.
- Bart Cavanaugh and his gang are camping out in Big Valley. Take Bart dead or alive without alerting his gang if you want to avoid a whole mess of trouble.
2 New Gang Hideouts:
- Take on the deadly Del Lobos gang in new hideouts at Gaptooth Breach and Solomon’s Folly.
2 New Treasure Maps:
- Search for treasures across the new Landmarks of Riches and The Elemental Trail maps for gold bars and other rewards.
New Mission “To The Ends of The Earth” – collect requested herbs for a range of rewards
New Weapons for Story Mode including:
- M1899 Pistol – all-new Semi-automatic handgun with clip loaded ammunition
- Evans Repeater – high capacity repeater (previously available in Red Dead Online only)
- High Roller Revolver – ornate double-action revolver (previously available in Red Dead Online only)
- Le Mat Revolver – powerful revolver with the ability to shoot shotgun shells (previously available in Red Dead Online only)
Red Dead Redemption 2 comes to PC on November 5th through the Rockstar Games Launcher and the Epic Games Store. A Steam release is set to follow in December.