Though the game has had a rough launch.
Red Dead Redemption 2

The PC release of Red Dead Redemption 2 is out today on the Rockstar Games Launcher and Epic Games Store (affiliate link). Today's release offers up the core Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay experience, for better or worse, but with the added benefit of higher resolutions and framerates compared to the console releases.

This also marks the first time that a "Red Dead Redemption" game has appeared on the platform. The first Red Dead Redemption was sadly never brought over to the PC after it was released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Today's release of Red Dead Redemption 2 has been met with a lot of performance and technical issues. Many users have reported issues with the Rockstar Launcher closing unexpectedly. There are others reporting that the game stays at a black screen or outright crashes right after the initial videos play. One possible workaround is to disable your anti-virus or at least put in an exception for the Rockstar Games Launcher and Red Dead Redemption 2.

On the performance side, it's looking even more grim. The Vulkan renderer reportedly suffers from random pauses that can last upwards of a full second. DirectX 12 seems to fair a bit better in comparison. Users have noticed that the game is also not fully utilizing the GPU or CPU in many cases. There is an ever growing thread of issues that can be found on Reddit.

Benchmarks, such as those from Guru3D, show that even the mighty GeForce RTX 20180 Ti suffer from performance issues, even at 1080p resolutions.


You can see how that performance drops when you jump to 1440p and then 4K on settings that are "custom balanced" between performance and quality and all with ultra quality texture settings.
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If you can overcome the issues with simply starting the game, you may find that you will have to set the game to use setting far below what you anticipated. With even a 2080 Ti encountering issues, it seems as though the game may just need a substantial performance patch across the board. I would also be very interested to wonder what hardware Rockstar was using to render out those 4K/60fps pre-launch trailers for this PC release.

The Steam release of Red Dead Redemption 2 arrives in December.

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.

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.