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The game won't start with NVidia drivers version newer than 522.25 because the Vulkan drivers included in every version after this won't work anymore with RDR.Everything after Vulkan version 1.3.204.1 will crash the game.
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If you want to run RDR2 with the most recent Vulkan drivers which work with RDR2 you need to delete these files:
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* WINDIR\SysWOW64\vulkan-1.dll
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And install "VulkanRT-1.3.204.1-Installer.exe" from the [https://vulkan.lunarg.com/sdk/home Offical Vulkan Homepage]
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or change the API to DX 12 → https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/w/index.php?title=Red_Dead_Redemption_2#Black_screen_on_launch
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Revision as of 18:38, 26 November 2022

Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 cover
Developers
Rockstar Games[1]
Engines
RAGE[2]
Release dates
Windows November 5, 2019
Reception
Metacritic 93
OpenCritic 96
IGDB 94
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions Currency, Free-to-grind, Infinite spend, Boost
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person, First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Open world
Art styles Realistic
Themes North America, Western
Red Dead Redemption 2 on HowLongToBeat
Red Dead Redemption 2 on IGDB
Red Dead Redemption 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Red Dead Redemption 2 on MobyGames
Red Dead Redemption 2 on Wikipedia

Warnings

This game requires an internet connection on launch.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a singleplayer and multiplayer third-person and first-person action and open world game.

The game was originally released for consoles on October 26, 2018. It was released on PC on November 5, 2019 via Epic Games Store and Rockstar Games Launcher, followed by it becoming available on Steam one month later. The PC version features graphical and technical improvements, as well as additional in-game content.[3][4]

General information

Official support page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
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Red Dead Online and Ultimate Edition also available.
Windows
Amazon.co.uk
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Ultimate Edition also available.
Windows
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
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Red Dead Online and Ultimate Edition also available.
Windows
GamersGate
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Ultimate Edition also available.
Windows
Gamesplanet logo.svg
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Ultimate Edition also available.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
Epic Games Launcher
Icon overlay.png
Red Dead Online and Ultimate Edition also available.
Windows
Humble Store
Epic Games Launcher
Icon overlay.png
Red Dead Online and Ultimate Edition also available.
Windows
Steam
Icon overlay.png
Icon overlay.png
Red Dead Online and Ultimate Edition also available.
Windows
All versions require Rockstar Games Launcher DRM.

Version differences

Red Dead Online is available as a standalone version of the multiplayer mode of the main game.
Ultimate Edition includes all Special Edition content, and the following for Red Dead Online: bonus outfits & free Survivor Camp Theme, Black Chestnut Thoroughbred, free access to additional weapons, and rank bonuses.
Pre-orders through Rockstar Games platforms included the Outlaw Survival Kit, War Horse, Treasure Map, Cash Bonus for Story Mode, 50 Gold Bars for Red Dead Online, and Rockstar games of choice.[Note 1][5]
Pre-purchasing through other stores granted 25 Gold Bars for Red Dead Online.
Special Edition included the following Story Mode content: Bank Robbery Mission and Gang Hideout, Dappled Black Thoroughbred, Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger Outfit, Talismans & Medallion gameplay bonuses, gameplay boosts, cash bonuses & discounts, and free access to additional weapons.

Monetization

Microtransactions

Type Notes
Boost XP boosts are available in Red Dead Online as part of the premium version of the in-game battle pass system known as The Outlaw Pass, purchasable with Gold Bars.[6]
Currency Gold Bars are the premium currency of Red Dead Online, purchasable with real money. It can be used to buy many early item unlocks and exclusive items in the game.[7]
Free-to-grind Gold Bars can be earned through normal play by completing daily quests and other activities in Red Dead Online.[7]
Infinite spend Gold Bars can be purchased infinitely in Red Dead Online, though only up to 500 will be displayed in-game at any given time.[8]

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use modified files to skip intro videos[9]
  1. Download the Legal Screen Skip mod.
  2. Unpack the archive and copy the files to <path-to-game>.
Limits online matchmaking to the pool of other users of the mod.[10]
Use mods to skip intro videos and main menu to load into story mode immediately
  1. Download the Main and Legal Menu Skip mod.
  2. Extract the x64 folder from the zip file.
  3. Put the x64 folder in your game directory. <path-to-game>
  4. The file explorer will say that there is a x64 folder in me directory and ask if you want to merge the folder, click yes.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\Red Dead Redemption 2\Settings\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1174180/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\Red Dead Redemption 2\Profiles\<user-id>\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1174180/pfx/[Note 2]
One autosave slot and 15 manual save slots are available.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Supports save game files syncing with the Rockstar Games cloud.[11]

Video

Graphics settings
Graphics settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Hor+ gameplay, windowboxed cinematics, pillarboxed elements.[12][13]
Use related PCGW community tool as a workaround.
Ultra-widescreen
Hor+ gameplay, windowboxed cinematics, various pillarboxed scenes, the UI can look different between fullscreen and not at resolutions that are not 16:9.[Note 3]
Use related PCGW community tool as a workaround.
4K Ultra HD
[15][16]
Field of view (FOV)
Sliders with 11 positions for the third person and first person views.
Use the related PCGW community tool for further FOV adjustment.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
x2/x4/x8/x16.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA Medium/High, FXAA toggle, MSAA x2/x4/x8 and SSAA through Resolution Scale.
High-fidelity upscaling
DLSS 2.0, FSR 2.0
[17][18]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Includes a Half the refresh rate option.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 256 FPS.[19]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Peak Brightness and Paper White calibration settings are available.[20]
The game might appear washed out even after calibration: see fix.
HDR needs to be enabled in Windows when starting the game when using DirectX 12.
HDR is only supported in fullscreen mode when using Vulkan.
Color blind mode
Protanopia, Deuteranopia, or Tritanopia.

Anti-aliasing (AA)

Increase TAA sharpening beyond the in-game limit through the config file[21]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open system.xml in a text editor.
  3. Find the sharpenIntensity line (e.g. <sharpenIntensity value="1.000000" />).
  4. Increase the value as desired (e.g. <sharpenIntensity value="3.800000" />).
  5. Save the file.
Accessing in-game Graphics settings will revert the changes.
Setting the file to read-only will preserve the chosen value for the next game launch.

Input

Keyboard and Mouse settings
Keyboard and Mouse settings
Key remapping options [Note 4]
Key remapping options [Note 4]
Controller settings
Controller settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Key Mapping option appears within Keyboard & Mouse settings only at gameplay.
Up to two keys per action. Home is reserved for the Rockstar Launcher's overlay and cannot be bound to commands.
Mouse acceleration
Adjustable Mouse Smoothing with 3 positions.[Note 5]
Mouse sensitivity
Separate sliders with 21 positions for the third person and first person Look and Aim.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
[24]
Controller remapping
12 presets for each view.
Controller sensitivity
Separate sliders with 15 positions for the third person and first person Look and Aim.[25] Acceleration and Dead Zone adjustment.
Controller Y-axis inversion
[25]
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
[25]
Xbox button prompts
[25]
Impulse Trigger vibration
Use X1nput.[26]
DualShock 4 controllers
[27]
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
[25]
Haptic feedback
Vibration toggle.[25] No native support for DS4 controllers.[28]
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
[25]

Audio

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound, Score, Dialogue Balance, and Voice Chat.
Surround sound
Presets for distance between front and between rear speakers.[29]
Subtitles
Options to limit to Mission Only and to toggle Speaker Name display.
Closed captions
[30]
Mute on focus lost
As the Pause Game on Focus Loss toggle within the Graphics settings.
Online mode is unaffected.
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Game language is tied to that of the launcher, selectable through its settings.[31]
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
[32]
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Turkish
Unofficial professional translation, Anonymous Çeviri.

Network

General settings
General settings

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
32 Co-op, Versus
Up to 4 players in co-op.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Use RedM.
Self-hosting
Use RedM.

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)[33]
UDP 6672, 61455, 61457, 61456, 61458
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
Z3D, DirectVR
Officially supported profile, see here.

Issues unresolved

Verify game data error on Windows 10 Insider

Following a Rockstar Games Launcher update in April 2020, attempting to launch the game while participating in the Windows Insider Program may result in the "Unable to launch game, please verify your game data." error message.[34]
Briefly disconnect from the internet[35][36]
  1. Have the game-related launchers running while online and disconnect from the internet by disabling the connection, unplugging the cable or by other means.
  2. Click to launch the game and connect to the internet right away.
  3. Quit the game after encountering the authentication failed error.
  4. Launch the game again.
Opt out of the Insider program and return to the previous version of Windows 10.[37][38]

Issues fixed

Game crashing

For some the game crashes every 15-20 minutes and there are reports of that happening years after the game's release.
It seems that the game doesn't like overlay software.
  • Disable RivaTunerStatistics Server. If you use Afterburner, RTSS might pop back up again. In that case, rename RTSS.exe file to something else. if the issue persists, close Afterburner entirely.
  • Close other overlays provided by Steam, Origin and Epic etc.
The game may crash on launch, resulting in the "Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC exited unexpectedly" error message.
See the related Rockstar Games support articles containing possible solutions
Controller users of the Steam version of the game have reported crashes on launch.
Disable Steam Input[39][40]
  1. Right-click the game in the library and select Properties.
  2. Under Steam Input Per-Game Setting (Requires restart of game), select Forced Off from the dropdown menu.
Possible workarounds exist for crashes on launch related to having set the Graphics API to DirectX 12.[41]
A November 25, 2019 game update addressed an issue of crashes related to switching between Vulkan and DirectX 12.[42]
Install DirectX Graphics Tools on Windows 10[43][44]
  1. Use the taskbar search functionality to locate Manage optional features.
  2. In the newly opened window, click on Add a feature.
  3. Find Graphics Tools on the list, click on it and select Install.
Set the Graphics API to Vulkan in the config file[43]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open system.xml in a text editor.
  3. Locate kSettingAPI_DX12 and change it to kSettingAPI_Vulkan
Alternatively, move the file from the folder to reset the game settings.

Launcher crashing

Attempting to launch the game may result in the "Rockstar Launcher exited unexpectedly" error message.[45]
On Windows 10, make sure the system is updated to version 1903.[46][47][48]
Set audio output device to Nvidia High Definition Audio[49]
  1. On Windows 10, right-click the speaker icon in the tray on the taskbar and select Open Sound settings.
  2. Under Output, select the NVIDIA High Definition Audio device.
Only applies to Nvidia graphics cards.

'ERR_GFX_STATE' after loading game

This error message has been reported to appear after the November 13, 2019 game update.[50][51]
Add -ignorepipelinecache command line argument to disable pipeline cache files.[52]
Follow the steps on the "Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC crashing with ERR_GFX_STATE error" support page.
Clear graphics cache files[53][54]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Delete all files beginning with sga_ (e.g. sga_vulkan_final_init.vkPipelineCacheWindows).
  3. Launch the game and load the current save game.
  4. Move the character to a different area and make a new save.
Change in-game graphics API to DirectX 12[55]
  1. Go to the Settings menu in the game.
  2. Open the Graphics settings.
  3. Scroll down to the Advanced Graphics section.
  4. Make sure the Advanced Settings option is set to "Unlocked".
  5. Change the Graphics API setting to "DirectX 12".
  6. Apply the settings and restart the game.
Using the workaround to make a new save from the old and switching back to Vulkan is a possibility.

Black screen on launch

Launching the game and passing the intro videos may result in a black screen.[56]
Using an Nvidia graphics card, update to driver version 442.74.[57]
Press Alt+ Enter in the game.[56]
Set the Graphics API to DirectX 12 in the config file[56]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open system.xml in a text editor.
  3. Locate kSettingAPI_Vulkan and change it to kSettingAPI_DX12

Game stuttering

Multiple players have reported in-game stuttering related to high CPU usage.[58][59]
The issue was addressed in the November 19, 2019 game update.[60]
Rockstar Games recommend that Nvidia users update to GeForce Hotfix Driver Version 441.34 and remove any launch arguments used to work around the problem.[60]
Amend the aiTextureMaxMem_3_Base within the gameconfig.xml from 2500 to 90000 (Or your preferred amount) and this will eliminate the stutter. Mods are available on the nexus.
Some users have reported better performance in the DirectX 12 mode of the game.[61]
Change in-game graphics API to DirectX 12
  1. Go to the Settings menu in the game.
  2. Open the Graphics settings.
  3. Scroll down to the Advanced Graphics section.
  4. Make sure the Advanced Settings option is set to "Unlocked".
  5. Change the Graphics API setting to "DirectX 12".
  6. Apply the settings and restart the game.

Persistent mouse cursor

The system mouse cursor may persistently appear on top of the game window.[62]
Commonly reported by owners of the Epic Games Store version of the game prior to the November 19, 2019 game update that addressed the issue.[60][63]
Install update KB4522741 on Windows 10[64]
  1. Search for and click on Check for updates using the taskbar search functionality.
  2. In the newly opened window, click on Check for updates and fully update the operating system.
Display mouse pointer trails[65]
  1. On Windows 10, search for and click on Mouse settings using the taskbar search functionality.
  2. On the right sidebar, click on Additional mouse options.
  3. Select the Pointer Options tab.
  4. Under Visibility, click on Display pointer trails to check its box.
  5. Click on OK to apply the change.
  6. Launch the game and enable VSync in the Graphics settings.
Hides the cursor in the game, resulting in inability to use it to navigate menu screens unless the box is unchecked again.

Incorrect resolution at launch

The game may start at an incorrect resolution, resulting in out-of-screen elements and inability to reach the graphics settings.[66][67]
Use the -width and -height command line arguments[46]
  1. Go to Settings within the Rockstar Games Launcher.
  2. Click on Red Dead Redemption 2 under My installed games.
  3. Add -width 1920 -height 1080 as Launch arguments or change the width and height values as desired.
Disable Nvidia DSR.[68]
Only applies to Nvidia graphics cards.

Incorrect UI scaling at wide resolutions

In-game UI elements including the HUD, map and menu screens might scale incorrectly at ultra-wide and multi-monitor resolutions.[69]
This might have been fixed by patch 1.31, though it remains to be tested.
Set Screen Type to Windowed Borderless in the Graphics settings.[70]
HDR doesn't work in Bordelss mode with Vulkan
Edit a config file to center the HUD or set the horizontal safezone to any percentage[71]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open the file that starts with 400042567_ in a text editor.
  3. Locate the line <Item key="7014661855" type="rage__fwuiValueFloat">
  4. On the next line, modify the float value to the desired percentage of the safezone (e.g. 0.33 for 33%).
  5. Save the changes.
  6. Right-click the file and select Properties.
  7. Check the Read-only box to prevent the game from making permanent changes to it.
Changing Screen type or going into the HUD Safezone menu will reset the changes until the game is restarted.
Use a Cheat Table to center the HUD at 48:9[72]
  1. Download and install Cheat Engine.
  2. Download the cheat table.
  3. Launch Cheat Engine and the game.
  4. From the File menu of Cheat Engine, click on Open Process.
  5. Select the game process and click on Open.
  6. From the File menu, click on Load (Ctrl+O).
  7. Locate the downloaded cheat table and click on Open.
  8. Check the Active box in the bottom area of Cheat Engine to activate the fix.
  9. Adjust the horizontal safezone in the game to have it set to 33%.

UAC prompt when run through Epic Games Launcher

Use the -skipInstallers command line argument.[citation needed]

Alt-Tabbing out of fullscreen mode enables borderless window

Under some circumstances, alt-tabbing out of fullscreen mode resets the game to borderless window.
Press Alt-Enter to toggle and re-enable fullscreen.

Game stops rendering when in focus after Alt-Tabbing out of fullscreen mode

When using Vulkan, Alt-Tabbing out of the fullscreen game can make the game stop rendering when in focus under certain circumstances.
The Windows version, resolution, HDR and G-Sync settings don't seem to influence this problem.[73]
Press Alt-Enter to toggle and re-enable fullscreen.

HDR fails to engage in borderless mode

When using Vulkan, the game might think HDR is on while failing to engage it, allowing you to enter the HDR calibration menu in SDR.
Whether HDR or Auto HDR are enabled in Windows makes no difference.
Play in fullscreen mode.

HDR looks washed out

HDR can look washed out even after calibration, never reaching the maximum brightness of your monitor while still lacking shadow and highlight detail, independently of the game settings or monitor.
Nvidia users can use Nvidia Freestyle to fix it[74]
  1. Open the game and enable HDR, if it's not enabled already.
  2. Open the in game HDR calibration menu.
  3. Set the HDR mode to "Cinematic" (default) and Paper white to "80" (minimum).
  4. Open Nvidia Freestyle (Game filter) with its shortcut key (Alt+F3 by default).
  5. Select one of the "Styles" boxes from the sidebar overlay that appears (e.g. 1).
  6. Select the "Brightness/Contrast" filter from the "Add Filter" button.
  7. Set all the sliders to 0% to achieve a baseline.
  8. Increase the "Exposure" to your liking. Good values are usually between 9% and 55%, depending on your monitor max nits.
    Looking at the clouds is a good way to make sure you don't lose any highlight details.
  9. Press the same shortcut to close it.


Game won't start with NVidia drivers > 522.25 (using Vulkan API) [75]

The game won't start with NVidia drivers version newer than 522.25 because the Vulkan drivers included in every version after this won't work anymore with RDR.Everything after Vulkan version 1.3.204.1 will crash the game.

If you want to run RDR2 with the most recent Vulkan drivers which work with RDR2 you need to delete these files:

  • WINDIR\SysWOW64\vulkan-1.dll
  • WINDIR\SysWOW64\vulkan-1-999-0-0-0.dll
  • WINDIR\System32\vulkan-1.dll
  • WINDIR\System32\vulkan-1-999-0-0-0.dll
  • WINDIR\System32\vulkaninfo-1-999-0-0-0.exe
  • WINDIR\SysWOW64\vulkaninfo-1-999-0-0-0.exe

And install "VulkanRT-1.3.204.1-Installer.exe" from the Offical Vulkan Homepage or change the API to DX 12 → https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/w/index.php?title=Red_Dead_Redemption_2#Black_screen_on_launch

This is really unfortunate because RDR2 default API is Vulkan so new players can't even start the game right after install.

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Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12
Vulkan 1.1 [Note 6]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics Euphoria
Cutscenes Bink Video

Command line arguments

Command Notes
-cpuLoadRebalancing Rebalances workload on the CPU cores - used to avoid in-game stalling.[60]
-ignorepipelinecache Prevents the game from using the sga_ / pipelineCache files, which may solve the "ERR_GFX_STATE" error for some.[52]
-noDPIAdjust Aims to address aspect ratio issues experienced by AOC AG241QX monitor users.[76]
-scofflineonly Disables the Social Club online functionality in the game.[77]
-safemode Starts the game with minimum settings for troubleshooting.[77]
-width X Sets the game display width to X.[77]
-height Y Sets the game display height to Y.[77]
-fullscreen Forces the game to launch in fullscreen mode.[78]
-windowed Forces the game to launch in windowed mode.[78]
-borderless Forces the game to launch in borderless windowed mode.[78]
-frameLimit Limits framerate.[78]
-useMaximumSettings Sets all graphics settings to the highest quality.[78]
-rglLanguage changes language depending on the code used after, example en-US for english, or es-ES for spanish; an equals sign must be placed before the language code without any spaces in between.[79]
-ignoreDifferentVideoCard Prevents resetting of the system.xml config upon a graphics card change.
-processPriorityClass <class>_PRIORITY_CLASS Sets game process priority to given priority class (can be IDLE, BELOW_NORMAL, NORMAL, ABOVE_NORMAL or HIGH), e.g. -processPriorityClass HIGH_PRIORITY_CLASS[78]
Arguments listed on the "Available Command Lines for GTAV on PC" page may also work in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Game progress overview online

Red Dead Redemption 2 overview on Rockstar Games Social Club
Detailed personal progress tracking including actual time played, per-mission information, challenges, achievements, compendium entries, and player statistics in the Story and Online modes.
Allows browsing through the in-game store catalogue and order items without launching the game.

Mods

Prerequisites

Lenny's Mod Loader

Provides an easy way to modify the game and also includes full UI support.

Alexander Blade's ScriptHookRDR2

Script Hook is a library that allows to use the game's native script functions in custom *.asi plugins.

Fixes

Toggle Run On Keyboard Fix

This mod allow pressing shift to toggle between run/walk for a smooth transition, like on consoles.
Requires Alexander Blade's ScriptHook.

First Person Walk Fix

Makes first person walking more in pair with the third person counterpart.
Requires Alexander Blade's ScriptHook.

Valentine Hotel Room Lighting Fix

Fixes too dark lighting of the hotel room in Valentine when using the wardrobe.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader.

Improvements

1.00 on PC & 1.00 Fitment

Restores console 1.00 version lighting and textures.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader.

Advanced Game Settings

Adds various locked graphics effects not available in the vanilla version to in-game menus.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader and Alexander Blade's ScriptHook.

John Marston Restoration Project

Restores John Marston's original hair, head, and body models, as well as including fixes to clothes.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader.

John Marston Animation Overhaul

Restores John's beta animations and adds some Red Dead Redemption (1) style animations, including fixes to the vanilla animations.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader.

John Marston Facial Animation Overhaul

Fixes John Marston's facial expressions and makes them more accurate to the Red Dead Redemption (1) counterpart.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader.

Arthur Morgan Outfit Overhaul

Modifies Arthur Morgan's outfits to make them darker and more in pair with artworks and leaked beta screenshots.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader.

Bass Dragon's Euphoria Ragdoll Overhaul (BDERO)

Improves ragdoll physics by combining physics engine calls from other Rockstar's games to make them more realistic.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader.

Better Keybinds

Allows to interact with In-Game Menus using WASD.

Graphics

TAA blur fix

Edits TAA values to reduce blurring and ghosting issues.
May cause more shimmering and aliasing.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader.
Not required with DLSS.

Potato

Performance Boost for Potato PC

Unlocks more options in Advanced Settings tailored for potato PCs and offers 2 optional files to disable shadows, fog and reflections.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader and Alexander Blade's ScriptHook.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1 (6.1.7601)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500K
AMD FX-6300
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 150 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 770
AMD Radeon R9 280
2 GB (Nvidia), 3 GB (AMD) of VRAM
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
Other Broadband Internet connection
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Independent benchmarks indicate that meeting the recommended system requirements is not enough for 60 FPS at 1080p at the High and Ultra graphics settings.[80][81]
AMD K10/Phenom/Athlon & Intel Core 2/Xeon (LGA 771) are not supported.

Notes

  1. Two for pre-orders before October 22, 2019, or one of the following:
    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.
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1174180/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1174180) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. Real time cutscenes, FMVs and dialogue scenes are windowboxed. The photo mode, loading screens, some menu screens and character interactions are pillarboxed.[14]
  4. Shown here partially. The actual scrollable in-game list contains over 100 actions in the following categories: Common, In-Game Camera, On Foot, On Horse, Wagons, Boats and Trains, Combat, Lock-On and Interact, In-Game Menus, Radar, Inventory, Activities, Photo Mode, Portable Camera, and Online Gameplay.
  5. Reported to result in more responsive mouse behavior.[22][23]
  6. vulkan-1.dll version 1.1.108 as of November 13, 2019.

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  49. Fix for unexpectantly closed - Change Output to NVDIA audio - last accessed on 2019-11-09
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  66. I cannot access the settings to change my resolution. - last accessed on 2019-11-07
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