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Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Available to Purchase, PC Version Is "Ultimate Version"

Poorna Shankar Updated: Posted:
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As previously announced in the original reveal, Red Dead Redemption 2 is now available to preorder on PC via the Rockstar Games Launcher. The PC version includes many additional items to entice folks, with Rockstar themselves saying the PC version of RDR 2 will be the, “ultimate version of Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang’s open world epic.”

Rockstar’s Newswire has provided some additional details surrounding minimum and recommended specs.

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

Suffice it to say, these are not heavy specs, but we have no clue if these specs target a specific resolution and framerate, like 1080p 60fps. Nevertheless, 150 GB of storage is a lot, so be sure to clear out space.

This can be partially explained by the many graphical enhancements coming exclusively to the PC version, 

“New graphical and technical enhancements for deeper immersion include 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.”

Additionally, HDR, multi-monitor configs, 4K+ resolutions, and much higher framerates are also promised.

If you purchase RDR2 on the Rockstar Launcher from now until October 22, you’ll receive two of the following games for free:

  • Grand Theft Auto III
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Bully: Scholarship Edition
  • L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition
  • Max Payne 3: The Complete Edition 

Any purchase made on the Rockstar Games Launcher includes free upgrades to the Special and Ultimate Editions, both discounted by $20 each. Bonuses from the Launcher include:

  • Outlaw Survival Kit for Story Mode
  • War Horse for Story Mode
  • Le Trésor des Morts Treasure Map for Story Mode
  • Cash Bonus for Story Mode
  • 50 Gold Bars for Red Dead Online

By all appearances, Rockstar really wants you to buy RDR 2 from the Rockstar Games Launcher. Along with all the bonuses above, PC gamers will also receive three new bounty missions, two new gang hideouts, and two new treasure maps, four new weapons for story mode, several new horses for story mode, and several new trinkets.

For full 4K resolution screenshots from the PC version and additional details, click here.


Poorna Shankar

A highly opinionated avid PC gamer, Poorna blindly panics with his friends in various multiplayer games, much to the detriment of his team. Constantly questioning industry practices and a passion for technological progress drive his love for the video game industry. He pulls no punches and tells it like he sees it. He runs a podcast, Gaming The Industry, with fellow writer, Joseph Bradford, discussing industry practices and their effects on consumers.