Platforms PC
Release Date November 5, 2019
Game Edition PC Edition

Red Dead Redemption 2 is now available for the PC, 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.

New Features & Content

Technical Enhancements

  • Increased draw distances for better navigation
  • Higher quality global illumination and ambient occlusion for improved day and night lighting
  • Higher quality snow trails, improved reflections and deeper, higher resolution shadows at all distances
  • Tessellated tree textures and improved grass and fur textures for added realism in every plant and animal.
  • Support for high-end display setups with 4K resolution and beyond
  • Multi-monitor configurations, widescreen configurations, faster frame rates

Story Mode Additions

In addition to the technical enhancements, Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC brings additional updates to the world of RDR2 Story Mode, including:

  • A new Photo Mode, with an assortment of tools to unlock the beauty of the frontier in Story Mode. Capture images with free form camera movement and add Filters, Stickers or Text then upload them to Social Club to share with the community.
  • 3 New Bounty Hunter Missions: Apprehend a trio of wanted fugitives - thief Herman Zizendorf, Ex-Confederate Officer Camille de Millemont and gang leader Bart Cavanaugh.
  • 2 New Gang Hideouts: Take on the deadly Del Lobos gang at Gaptooth Breach and Solomon’s Folly.
  • 2 New Treasure Maps: Hunt 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
  • 5 New Trinkets to collect with new effects

New Weapons

A new Weapon has been added exclusively for Red Dead Redemption 2 Story Mode on PC: the M1899 Pistol, an all-new Semi-automatic handgun with clip loaded ammunition.

M1899 Pistol

M1899 Pistol

Three existing weapons previously available in Red Dead Online only, have been made available to Red Dead Redemption 2 Story Mode on PC:

New Horses

Five new Horses have been added exclusively for Red Dead Redemption 2 Story Mode on PC

Two existing horses previously available in Red Dead Online only, have been made available to Red Dead Redemption 2 Story Mode on PC:

PC Post-Launch Stability Fixes

Graphics & Performance Fixes (November 13, 2019)

  • Added an additional launch argument (-cpuLoadRebalancing) to rebalance workload on the CPU cores and avoid hitting an edge-case in certain NVIDIA graphics card drivers that causes significant stalls on 4-core and 6-core CPUs. For more information, see this support page.
  • Added improvements for performance and stability on graphics cards with 4GB of VRAM or less when using Vulkan
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in audio stuttering and sound drops on some CPUs when using Vulkan
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in graphics problems when using Fullscreen mode on systems with multiple displays
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the game becoming stuck in Windowed Borderless mode instead of Fullscreen mode if the game lost focus or certain graphics settings were changed under DirectX 12
  • Fixed issues that resulted in the incorrect detection of devices and problems switching between SDR and HDR modes. Players who previously encountered these issues should enable HDR through the Windows Display Settings prior to launching the game
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the game launching in a window larger than the maximum resolution of the attached display when using Windowed display mode
  • Improved the auto-detection of system hardware so that the recommended default graphics settings will provide higher performance
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the game setting a default graphics preset that was unsupported by the amount of available VRAM on some graphics cards, preventing the game from launching
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in VRAM usage estimation for pending settings changes to be slightly different to the actual usage once the settings were applied
  • Added a separate option to enable tessellation on tree models within the Graphics settings menu
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in reduced performance when switching between different graphics settings presets without restarting the system
  • Fixed an issue that affected the brightness of Photo Mode images that were captured in HDR after editing them using the Social Club menu
  • Fixed issues with some full-screen effects and Photo Mode filters when using a display aspect ratio other than 16:9
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in graphics artifacts in mirror reflections when using Multisample Anti-Aliasing (MSAA)
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in graphics artifacts on the Pause Menu Map when using Multisample Anti-Aliasing (MSAA )
  • Fixed issues with rendering and lighting that occurred with some waterfalls
  • Fixed issues with rendering that occurred with a Story Mode character
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in flickering graphics artifacts on some systems using multiple graphics cards
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in graphical corruption during the theater shows in Saint Denis
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in graphics artifacts to appear when rendering some light reflections
  • Fixed an issue that affected the rendering of the Pause Menu background after changing the display resolution
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in reduced world detail at long distance when using items that allow zooming, such as scopes and binoculars
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in rendering issues with shadows on some parts of the terrain
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in graphics artifacts that could occur with some hair/fur rendering when using Multisample Anti-Aliasing (MSAA)
  • Improved the performance rendering some in-game particle effects
  • Improved the performance rendering of trails when in snowy areas of the game
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the partial rendering of the Pause Menu while some graphics settings were active

Stability Fixes

  • Fixed issues that resulted in crashes during game startup and logo screen
  • Fixed issues that resulted in crashes when changing graphics settings or switching back and forth between presets
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in crashes during the initial boot of the game in the Windowed display mode
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in a crash when switching between Windowed and Fullscreen display modes on some graphics cards
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in a crash when the game window lost focus or as a result of using Alt+Tab
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in a crash when attempting to load an autosave on some systems
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in a crash when repeatedly transitioning between Story Mode and Red Dead Online
  • Fixed issues that resulted in crashes when attempting to quit the game
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in a crash on some systems when connecting and disconnecting input devices with the game running
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in a crash when attempting to switch weapons in Story Mode
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in a crash when opening the HDR Calibration screen with some combinations of graphics cards and displays
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in a crash when using the mouse to switch between categories in the Satchel menu
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the game freezing when applying remapped keyboard inputs through the Settings menu
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in an infinite loading screen when exiting the Settings menu and returning to the Landing Page
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in a crash when playing Story Mode while offline
  • Fixed crashes and stability issues that resulted in the error “Red Dead Redemption 2 exited unexpectedly” during gameplay
  • Fixed an issue with attempting to join another player’s Red Dead Online session with a different control scheme or lock-on type that resulted in networking issues
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Red Dead Redemption 2 desktop shortcut from correctly launching the game
  • Improved the stability and result consistency of the in-game Benchmark Tool
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in players appearing underneath the world when in the lobby screen while playing some Red Dead Online content
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in incorrect performance of the ‘Tap and Hold Speed Control’ accessibility feature while using keyboard and mouse controls in First Person camera mode
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in camera stuttering when using the mouse to look around while sprinting
  • Fixed an issue that caused problems with the fishing minigame when running at high framerates

Control & User Interface Fixes

  • Improved mouse support in some Store menus
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in a black screen during the initial boot of the game rather than the loading bar
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in players being unable to equip emotes in Red Dead Online while using the mouse
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the Map in the Pause Menu being cut off when changing the game resolution
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in player overhead displays to appear in the incorrect position on displays other than 16:9 aspect ratio in Red Dead Online
  • Fixed an issue that prevented some keyboard inputs from being remapped
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in some incorrect text and warning screens to appear when when remapping keyboard inputs
  • Fixed issues that resulted in problems with scrolling in parts of the user interface
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in some menus not displaying input controls, including Safe Zone and Brightness Calibration screens
  • Fixed issues with keyboard text input when using some languages
  • Fixed issues that resulted in the red selection highlight disappearing while browsing through menus
  • Fixed issues that resulted in problems with mouse selection, or erratic cursor movement when browsing some menus
  • Fixed an issue with keyboard navigation of the Pause Map after selecting a blip/icon.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in players being unable to complete some actions while inspecting weapons
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in save game information to be missing from the Load Game menu
  • Fixed issues with text input of non-Latin characters and added support for more input methods
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the Pause Map moving position after placing a waypoint
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in difficulty aiming with a mouse, especially at low DPI settings
  • Fixed issues that resulted in incorrectly sized, overlapping or misaligned user interface elements under different display resolutions
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the loss of previous selections when navigating back and forth between menus
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in redundant options in the Keyboard and Mouse submenu of the Controls menu

General / Miscellaneous (November 19, 2019)

  • Improvements to address an issue that resulted in stalls on 4-core and 6-core CPUs
  • Players with NVIDIA graphics cards and 4-core or 6-core CPUs should install the GeForce Hotfix Driver Version 441.34 from NVIDIA and remove any launch arguments to resolve this issue: For more information, please see this support page: https://support.rockstargames.com/articles/360038940333
  • Improvements to address an issue that resulted in a permanent mouse cursor being displayed at all times when launching the game via the Epic Games Store
  • Improvements to address an issue that resulted in the player’s cores draining at a faster rate than intended in Story Mode when running at high frame rates
  • Improvements to address an issue that resulted in player weight decreasing at a faster rate than intended in Red Dead Online when running at high frame rates
  • Improvements to address an issue that resulted in players not being able to place Waypoints on the Pause Menu Map in the correct location
  • Improvements to address an issue with matchmaking in Red Dead Online that resulted in players with incompatible control settings joining the same session. We recommend that players using mouse and keyboard controls should switch to ‘Free Aim’ targeting mode before entering Red Dead Online.
  • Improvements to address an issue that resulted in all custom graphical settings reverting to a low preset when the game was updated
  • Improvements to address an issue that resulted in an ‘Activation Required’ error when loading the game after system hardware or device changes were made
  • Improvements to address issues that resulted in a crash and displayed the ‘Failed to initialize graphics device’ or ‘Unable to initialize graphics driver ’errors when launching the game. If this issue still occurs, please make sure you have the latest graphics card drivers installed for your system.
  • Improvements to address an issue that resulted in a crash when launching the game in Fullscreen display mode while using Vulkan
  • Improvements to address an issue that resulted in a crash when launching the game with some graphics-related launch arguments active
  • Improvements to address an issue that resulted in a crash during loading screens when entering Story Mode or Red Dead Online
  • Improvements to address an issue that resulted in a crash while modifying weapons at the Gunsmith in Red Dead Online
  • Improvements to address issues that resulted in random crashes and the error “Red Dead Redemption 2 exited unexpectedly” during gameplay

General / Miscellaneous (December 2, 2019)

  • Improvements to fix an issue that resulted in a crash when running out of memory. Any users experiencing memory-related error messages should check their virtual memory settings are correct by following the instructions on this support article
    https://support.rockstargames.com/articles/360038178954/
  • Improvements to fix an issue that resulted in potential save corruption and permanent loss of progress if the player was signed out of their Social Club account while in Story Mode
  • Improvements to fix an issue that resulted in partial lighting of hair/fur when the Resolution Scale graphical setting was set to higher than the native resolution
  • Improvements to fix an issue that resulted in a crash when entering the Landing Page during game startup
  • Improvements to fix an issue that resulted in a crash during initial startup for some specific hardware configurations
  • Improvements to fix an issue that resulted in random crashes during gameplay on systems using a Nvidia GTX 970 graphics card
  • Improvements to fix an issue that resulted in a crash when starting the Benchmark Tool on low-end systems
  • Improvements to fix an issue that resulted in instability on some systems running Windows 10 Version 1090 (November 2019 Update)
  • Improvements to fix an issue that resulted in audio stuttering/stalling when the game is running at high framerates
  • Improvements to fix an issue that resulted in pixelated/blocky rendering artifacts on shadows during some cutscenes
  • Improvements to fix an issue that resulted in rendering and lighting artifacts when the Screen Space Ambient Occlusion graphical option was set to Ultra
  • Improvements to fix several issues that resulted in rendering and lighting artifacts on some systems during gameplay
  • Improvements to fix several issues that resulted in random crashes during gameplay in Story Mode and Red Dead Online

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