Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC – Everything you need to know

Updated: October 12th, 2019By: BrantonGaming & NewsLeave a Comment

It was only a matter of time before Rockstar officially announced their PC port for Red Dead Redemption 2… And that time is finally here. RDR2 will be releasing for PC on November 5, 2019.

Here’s everything else you need to know.

Red Dead Redemption 2 will not be a small game by any stretch of the imagination. Rockstar is currently recommending that you have at least 150GB of free storage to house RDR2. That’s up there with the largest install sizes ever, like the new Modern Warfare and Final Fantasy 15!

Here are the full minimum and recommended system specs according to R*:

Minimum specifications:

OS: Windows 7 – Service Pack 1 (6.1.7601)
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K / AMD FX-6300
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 2GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB
Storage: 150GB

Recommended specifications:

OS: Windows 10 – April 2018 Update (v1803)
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB / AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB 
Storage: 150GB

With the recommended CPU specs only asking for a baseline R5 or an old i7, it doesn’t seem like RDR2 will be very demanding on one’s CPU. The GPU recommendations of either a 4GB RX 480 or GTX 1060 are also impressive. With any luck, RDR2 should run really well on the majority of modern gaming PCs.

The biggest improvement for a lot of people will be the unlocked framerates. On console, Red Dead 2 is locked at 30fps and regularly dips closer to 20-25fps. However, given that PCs are insurmountably more powerful than modern consoles, I can’t see 60fps being an issue if you’re running the recommended specs or better.

Other PC-specific improvements include:

  • Increased draw distance
  • “Higher quality” global illumination and ambient occlusion
  • “Improved” snow trails
  • “Improved” reflections and higher resolution shadows
  • Tessellated tree textures
  • “Improved” grass and fur textures
  • HDR support
  • Unlocked resolution (4K and higher)
  • Ultrawide aspect ratio and multi-monitor support

Both the online portion and the single-player portion will be seeing more weapons, horses, and activities. For online, you’ll get 3 new bounty missions, 2 new gang hideouts, and 2 new treasure maps. Single-player will be getting a handful of new guns (including the M1899 – FINALLY!), some new horses from online, and some new trinkets. Oh, there’s also one new story mission where you’ll be collecting herbs…

Red Dead Redemption 2 is currently open for preorders on the Rockstar Games Launcher where it will see 1 month of exclusivity prior to releasing on Steam (and everywhere else you buy games digitally) sometime in December 2019.

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