Red Dead Redemption 2 PC system requirements and features

This one is gonna come out as a shocker

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC

A week ago, Rockstar surprised everyone by announcing Bully 2 announcing Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC.  It made a lot of PC fans of the game very happy (including me). Although it made some console peeps angry, as they probably expected Bully 2 or 120fps or something. Anyhow after an endless week’s wait, we have full disclosure of the game.

Since everyone of you interested people are here about the system requirements, lets have those first. Don’t worry, the requirements aren’t very scary. And if you would like to make a budget PC you can follow this guide.

Minimum specifications:

OS: Windows 7 – Service Pack 1 (6.1.7601)
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K / AMD FX-6300
Memory: 8GB
Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 2GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB HDD
Space: 150GB
Sound Card: DirectX compatible

Recommended specifications:

OS: Windows 10 – April 2018 Update (v1803)
Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
Memory: 12GB
Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB / AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB HDD
Space: 150GB
Sound Card: DirectX compatible

Shocked by the sheer size of it? 150 GB is quite a toll, especially if you want to store it on a small SSD. However one can expect this since the game will feature some graphical enhancements and texture changes. Besides that the requirements overall are actually pretty decent, they don’t demand a very powerful rig to run so a lot of you mid range PC owners can enjoy the game too. These requirements should be expected from a 2018 console game.

Other than that the recommended GPU, GTX 1060, is the most popular and budget friendly GPU currently, according to Steam’s September hardware survey. As for the RAM 8-12GB minimum-recommended is pretty good, I myself expected it’ll require 16GB of RAM.

The Red Dead Redemption 2 PC version will however feature some graphical changes as well. As well as that it’ll have unlocked framerate and unlocked resolution, meaning that if you own a beast of a GPU that is more expensive than my entire build you can crank the game up to 4K and run it on 144FPS. Do make a video and show us the beauty of it.

Some features of Red Dead Redemption 2 PC:

  • 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
  • Unlocked framerate

Red Dead Redemption 2 looked absolutely gorgeous on console, so one cannot even imagine how good it’ll look on the PC with the improved textures and graphics. The question will remain of optimization and we’ll have to wait for a while for that to happen. We all are hoping for a well optimized game, so let’s hope Rockstar delivers.

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC graphics
Looks absolutely stunning on PC

The game is up for pre-order now on the Rockstar Games Launcher, where it’ll be available to play on November 5. Red Dead Redemption 2 will be available for pre-order on the Epic Games Store, Greenman Gaming, the Humble Store, and certain retailers such as Gamestop starting October the 23rd. It’ll release on Steam in December, where the official date is unknown.

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