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Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC

Rockstar Games announces the release of the Windows PC edition of Red Dead Redemption 2, their wild west shooter sequel. This can be picked up through the Rockstar Games Launcher; the Epic Games Store; Green Man Gaming; The Humble Store; and GameStop, and word is it will come to Steam next month. We see a report on Polygon on some crashing issues and a post on VG247 says this may be your antivirus software. Here's the announcement of the release:
Rockstar Games® is proud to announce that Red Dead Redemption 2 is now available for the PC. Originally released on October 26, 2018, Red Dead Redemption 2 for the PlayStation®4 and Xbox One was a critical and commercial success with approximately 25 million copies sold-in worldwide and remains the highest rated game of the current console generation*.

The first game in the Red Dead Redemption series to be featured on the PC platform, Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC debuts with a range of graphical and technical enhancements to bring new life and detail to the story of Arthur Morgan and the Van Der Linde gang, on the run from the law across America in the final days of the 19th Century. Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC also includes new content for Story mode, including new Bounty Hunting Missions, Gang Hideouts, Weapons and more, plus a fully-featured photo mode for players to capture and share their favorite moments from the game.

Pre-release media previews have been outstanding:

  • “The world simply looks more natural. From the way fog causes an eerie glow to cover the sky when sun shines through it, or sweatier faces boast a more noticeable reflective sheen, leafy shadows flutter about the woods, or the way lamp and torchlight flickers in someone’s eyes, the already-vibrant world manages to pull you into it just that much further.” – IGN
  • “It feels like Rockstar is showing off - it looks breathtaking…It's hard not to talk about it without sounding hyperbolic but it's one of the best looking things I've seen in recent memory.” - GameSpot
  • “The combination of 60fps performance and mouselook significantly changes the way the game feels to play, which to me matters more than visual improvements to a game that looked great already.” - PC Gamer
  • “One of the best looking games I've ever seen on a monitor.” – GamesRadar
  • “Photo mode and graphics upgrades make this the definitive version.” – VG247

Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC also includes free access to the shared living world of Red Dead Online, featuring all previously released improvements and the latest content updates for the complete online experience, including Frontier Pursuits and the specialist Roles of Bounty Hunter, Trader and Collector for players to progress through and earn unique rewards.

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61. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 8, 2019, 14:26 Creston
 
Found a great article on the graphics settings and their performance hit vs detail improvement.

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60. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 7, 2019, 14:26 Dacron
 
Creston wrote on Nov 6, 2019, 22:57:
They released a new patch today, and now it crashes ever 3 to 4 cutscenes. Fuck.

Only crash so far was when an oil wagon exploded with me on it. Kind of disappointed I didn't get to see the results.

Hoping it doesn't start for me.
 



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59. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 6, 2019, 22:57 Creston
 
They released a new patch today, and now it crashes ever 3 to 4 cutscenes. Fuck.
 
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58. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 6, 2019, 19:50 Dacron
 
Simon Says wrote on Nov 6, 2019, 07:03:
No key remapping... Utter unoptimized crap -_- palm -> face

Rockshit did it again with their abyssal port suffering from acute consolitis.

Heck even after how many years? GTA V still relatively runs like crap. Not holding my breath for this one either.

You can remap every key, you need to access the menu in game rather than from he main menu.

And it runs far better than GTA 5 (in it's current release) does, or ever did with same settings. Much better optimization than GTA 5 launch.
 



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57. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 6, 2019, 10:27 eRe4s3r
 
KilgoreTrout wrote on Nov 6, 2019, 09:48:
Having my PC on 24/7 is not something I do with the power costs we have here.

If you have another less power-hungry computer, can't you just download it on that one during a couple of nights (with a capped Steam download rate if needed) and then just move the game to your gaming computer? I downloaded and played all the Battlefield games while still on a 2 Mbit/s line... You just need a little patience and planning.

Once it is out on steam, yeah. That would be the idea. I'd cap it at 10mbit to be fair, but that would still take.. 4 full days.

Anyhow I could easily have 400mbit cable, with a 100gb or 200gb ! cap and tons of throttle rules. The only line that offers flatrate is ADSL and where I live I don't even get full 16mbit, more like 12.6 so paying for higher tier would be entirely pointless too... apparently whoever laid the line made a huge detour on my side of the street.. no one on this street has any better connection situation either. ;(

 
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56. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 6, 2019, 09:48 KilgoreTrout
 
Having my PC on 24/7 is not something I do with the power costs we have here.

If you have another less power-hungry computer, can't you just download it on that one during a couple of nights (with a capped Steam download rate if needed) and then just move the game to your gaming computer? I downloaded and played all the Battlefield games while still on a 2 Mbit/s line... You just need a little patience and planning.
 
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55. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 6, 2019, 08:39 eRe4s3r
 
headshot wrote on Nov 6, 2019, 06:34:
what about getting a friend to download the stuff for you? small external hdd/ssd, starting the install on your pc, copying the files into that folder with launcher closed, then quick touchup and you should be good to go.

fwiw, which state do you live in? ah, nevermind, near berlin.

Sadly that would involve robbing my neighbor of their entire monthly bandwidth, at 100mbit... he's got a 200gb limit ~.~ Not even joking, Germany is like the 3rd world when it comes to this
 
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53. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 6, 2019, 07:03 Simon Says
 
No key remapping... Utter unoptimized crap -_- palm -> face

Rockshit did it again with their abyssal port suffering from acute consolitis.

Heck even after how many years? GTA V still relatively runs like crap. Not holding my breath for this one either.
 
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52. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 6, 2019, 06:34 headshot
 
what about getting a friend to download the stuff for you? small external hdd/ssd, starting the install on your pc, copying the files into that folder with launcher closed, then quick touchup and you should be good to go.

fwiw, which state do you live in? ah, nevermind, near berlin.
 
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51. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 6, 2019, 02:38 CJ_Parker
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 6, 2019, 01:48:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 5, 2019, 17:30:
Oh boy.. 112GB

Can.. can I get this on discs for PC somewhere?

Only way I could realistically download something that size is via torrents.

I thought internet in Europe was cheap and fast?

Depends on one's definition of both "cheap" and "fast" I guess. Compared to places like Singapore we're all third world.

However, before the "fast" comes the availability and Germany, where the eRe4s3r and I reside, isn't exactly at the vanguard of broadband availability.

Personally, I live in a mid-sized city (a little over 200K people) and I'm lucky enough to be able to have access to a 250Mbit VDSL line on paper (my actual connect is usually around 170Mbit/s) with unlimited traffic. It's €39.99/month. I'm contractually bound for 24 months. Those are the terms & conditions in a nutshell.

I'm content with the speed and price. It could always be faster, of course, but I usually get download rates of about 19.x MB/s. Downloading RDR2 should take ~90 minutes max.
Contrary to the eRe4s3r I have zero problems to just leave my PC on for a download while I'm at work, at sleep or the gym or something. A PC in idle doesn't consume that much power to really be a concern imo.

Oh well, I won't get RDR2 for years to come anyway. I'll grab it when it hits the €14.99 to €19.99 range. R* can go fuck themselves and their leper treatment of PC gamers.
 
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50. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 6, 2019, 01:52 eRe4s3r
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 6, 2019, 01:48:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 5, 2019, 17:30:
Oh boy.. 112GB

Can.. can I get this on discs for PC somewhere?

Only way I could realistically download something that size is via torrents.

I thought internet in Europe was cheap and fast?

While my connection may be cheap and unlimited, it sure as hell ain't fast (16mbit) and since I can't download shit from these stupid stores without having my main gaming rig on that's not exactly going to work. I have a NAS, that is small and uses less power, that can download from internet and torrents.. and that's only way I could realistically download 112gb at 16mbit... (And my NAS is obviously properly planned in my router to have lowest priority) unlike my gaming rig, which has highest and which regularly kills all other internet when steam decides it'd be amazing to max out my line.

Having my PC on 24/7 is not something I do with the power costs we have here.

Worse, when I download full speed then obviously I can't do anything else, like watch stuff, play stuff, or even use steam for other games because I like to have youtube music open in the BG...

I mean, I am not exactly your average hardcore gamer, but I do play stuff when I have time, and that's the ONLY time I have my gaming rig on. No way to download 112GB in that setup without it taking a week. And I am not the only one who lives in this house.. so even if I could do it I would literally be blocking the internet for days.

So I am not joking when I said that the prospect to download 112GB isn't something I would even consider... I am using my PC when I am on my PC after all. And I need my internet then too... blegh.. it's truly a 1st world problem

 
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49. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 6, 2019, 01:48 jdreyer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 5, 2019, 17:30:
Oh boy.. 112GB

Can.. can I get this on discs for PC somewhere?

Only way I could realistically download something that size is via torrents.

I thought internet in Europe was cheap and fast?
 
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48. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 6, 2019, 00:51 CJ_Parker
 
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 5, 2019, 15:11:
The point is, it's possible to compete on price. Poster A says he hopes to see that from Epic, Poster B says it's impossible. Yet GMG does it, as an official partner mentioned in the same breath as EGS. So Epic is choosing not to, whatever their reasoning.

Complete bullshit.

Epic has absolutely NO say whatsoever in what R* charges for RDR2 on the EGS. The only gig setting the prices on the storefronts is the publisher and no one else.

GMG as an "authorized" 3rd party key reseller is a totally different story as others have pointed out. Also, the GMG keys are all RSC keys which is obviously R*'s own platform.
It should go w/o saying that R* certainly considers it favorable to promote their own store and thus are (re-)selling keys for their own store platform on 3rd party sites like GMG at a slight discount (i.e. are distributing their keys to GMG for a price so GMG can afford giving that discount). Same goes for Fanatical (formerly Bundle Stars) who are also (re-)selling RSC keys at a slight 5% discount.

R* will not distribute keys for storefronts like EGS and Steam on 3rd party sites. The prices on EGS and Steam will most likely always be higher than the prices you can find on GMG, Fanatical or R*'s own store.

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47. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 6, 2019, 00:01 Sepharo
 
Creston wrote on Nov 5, 2019, 19:59:
It's been running smoothly for me on a 1070ti, 1080p with most things set to high and ultra. I think it'd probably run fine if I move everything to ultra, just haven't gotten around to it yet.

It looks a lot sharper and more detailed than it did on the PS4 (to be expected of course), and running at 60fps makes it a lot more bearable.

It's still the same game, though, with the same frustrating things in it. Hunting is still shit because a pelt will go from 3 stars to 1 star if you so much as fucking look at it, poker is still pointless (why did they switch away from RDR's poker game and stakes???), and I'm still fighting the controls left, right and center. It's a bit easier with mouse/kb, but not as much as I was hoping.

That said, it's still the most awesome world to be roaming around in, especially if you take the time to enjoy the sights and make cool screenshots with photo mode.

It's crashed on me twice in about 9 hours of playing. Irritating, but oh well.

This is the kind of review I come here for Thumbsup
 
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46. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 5, 2019, 20:04 Creston
 
natx wrote on Nov 5, 2019, 18:02:
what kind of performance is to be expected at 4k on a 1080ti? i5-8600k @ 4.6.

I read somewhere they got 60fps on medium and some high settings at 4k with a 2080, so I'm guessing you'll get 30-40 or so?

i5s seem to be having problems.
 
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45. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 5, 2019, 19:59 Creston
 
It's been running smoothly for me on a 1070ti, 1080p with most things set to high and ultra. I think it'd probably run fine if I move everything to ultra, just haven't gotten around to it yet.

It looks a lot sharper and more detailed than it did on the PS4 (to be expected of course), and running at 60fps makes it a lot more bearable.

It's still the same game, though, with the same frustrating things in it. Hunting is still shit because a pelt will go from 3 stars to 1 star if you so much as fucking look at it, poker is still pointless (why did they switch away from RDR's poker game and stakes???), and I'm still fighting the controls left, right and center. It's a bit easier with mouse/kb, but not as much as I was hoping.

That said, it's still the most awesome world to be roaming around in, especially if you take the time to enjoy the sights and make cool screenshots with photo mode.

It's crashed on me twice in about 9 hours of playing. Irritating, but oh well.
 
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44. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 5, 2019, 18:57 Kosumo
 
Ozmodan wrote on Nov 5, 2019, 18:25:
Dacron wrote on Nov 5, 2019, 15:34:
I get solid 60+ fps at 1080, everything up fairly high (textures ultra) with a 6gb 1060. Horse controls can be frustrating, I got stuck on one mission and had to restart it as it bugged out, but it's okay so far. Hoping it gets better because right now it feels small, tight, and very controlled.

Both the boys have it and it is DOA on both computers. The games starts and then crashes. Both systems are intel I5 based with one having a 1070 and the other a 1660 video card, nothing out of the ordinary. Needless to say I have two irrated kids. Both systems upgraded to the new Nvidia drivers and it made no difference. Looks like the last time I pay for one of their games!!!

If your boys are old enough to play Red Dead Redemption 2 then they should be paying for their own games.

Oh, you say they are still kids??

Ok, don't worry about ratings.
 
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43. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 5, 2019, 18:52 FloorPie
 
Verno wrote on Nov 5, 2019, 16:17:
Apparently some people with i5s are having a lot of issues with freezing and stuttering. It was good of Rockstar to not bother testing with such an unpopular CPU

I'm having smooth butter performance at 1440p with a 1080ti and a 3900X, huge upgrade from the console experience.

Well, Rockstar is not known for lean and mean code. Do we know if it has Denuvo DRM? That hates anything less than 6core/12thread cpus. Older i5's are 4c/4t or 6c/6t.

Its rather amusing that Nvidia recommends a rtx 2060 for 1080p 60fps on high settings.

Edit: Ok, looking at the performance graphics linked above, the game is just a gpu power hog. 1080p mostly ultra settings gets you 80fps on a 2080ti.
 
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42. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 Released for PC Nov 5, 2019, 18:48 Nimh
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 5, 2019, 17:30:
Oh boy.. 112GB

Can.. can I get this on discs for PC somewhere?

Only way I could realistically download something that size is via torrents.

I downloaded 50Gb of the pre-load last week and closed the launcher. When I opened it today it decrypted the 50Gb and then started downloading the rest. For what it's worth.

natx wrote on Nov 5, 2019, 18:02:
what kind of performance is to be expected at 4k on a 1080ti? i5-8600k @ 4.6.
27 FPS according to the Guru3D benches(GPU limited).
 
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