Red Dead Redemption 2

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Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 cover
Rockstar Games[1]
Release dates
Windows November 5, 2019
Red Dead Redemption 2 on Wikipedia

Key points

PС version features graphical and technical improvements, as well as additional in-game content.[3][4]
Launch issues are a commonly reported concern.[5][6]

General information

Official game page
Official support page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
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Special Edition and Ultimate Edition also available.
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
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Special Edition and Ultimate Edition also available.
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Special Edition and Ultimate Edition also available.
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Special Edition and Ultimate Edition also available.
Green Man Gaming
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Special Edition and Ultimate Edition also available.
Humble Store
Epic Games Launcher
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Special Edition and Ultimate Edition also available.
All versions require Rockstar Games Launcher DRM.

Version differences

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][7]
Pre-purchasing through other stores granted 25 Gold Bars for Red Dead Online.
Special Edition includes 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.
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.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use modified files to skip intro videos[8]
  1. Download the Legal Screen Skip mod.
  2. Unpack the archive and copy the files to <path-to-game>.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Store
Steam Cloud
Supports save game files syncing with the Rockstar Games cloud.[9]

Video settings

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Hor+ gameplay, windowboxed cinematics, pillarboxed elements.[10][11]
Use this tool as a workaround at own risk.
Hor+ gameplay, windowboxed cinematics, various pillarboxed scenes.[Note 3]
Use this tool as a workaround at own risk.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Sliders with 11 positions for the third person and first person views.
Use this tool for further FOV adjustment at own risk.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA Medium/High, FXAA toggle, MSAA x2/x4/x8, SSAA through Resolution Scale.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Includes a Half the refresh rate option.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 256 FPS.[15]
Core attributes' drain rate and weight loss rate may increase with FPS.[16]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode
Protanopia, Deuteranopia, or Tritanopia.

Input settings

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
Key Mapping option appears within Keyboard & Mouse settings only at gameplay.
Up to two keys per action.
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 support
Full controller support
Relies on Rockstar Games Launcher, preventing direct launch from the Steam Big Picture mode.[19]
Controller remapping
12 presets for each view.
Controller sensitivity
Separate sliders with 15 positions for the third person and first person Look and Aim.[20] Acceleration and Dead Zone adjustment.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Vibration toggle.[20]
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings

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.[22]
Options to limit to Mission Only and to toggle Speaker Name display.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
As the Pause Game on Focus Loss toggle within the Graphics settings.
Online mode is unaffected.


Game language is tied to that of the Rockstar Games launcher, selectable through its Settings.[24]
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese


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

VR support

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

Issues unresolved

Incorrect map marker placement

Waypoints and markers may not get placed at the mouse cursor position on the in-game map.[25]
Double-click the desired location to create a waypoint[25]

No exclusive fullscreen

The Fullscreen mode of the game acts as a maximized borderless window, resulting in concerns among G-Sync monitor users.[26][27][28]
DirectX 12 does not support exclusive fullscreen but sets to maintain its expected benefits to performance.[29]

Issues fixed

Game crashing

The game may crash on launch, resulting in the "Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC exited unexpectedly" error message.
Temporarily disable anti-virus software or add the game folder to its list of scan exclusions.[31]
A November 6, 2019 game update addresses the crashing related to anti-virus software.[30]
See the related Rockstar Games support articles containing possible solutions.
Use Safe Mode to disable HDR[32]
  1. After the game fails to launch, choose the Rockstar Games Launcher option to start the game in Safe Mode.
  2. Choose to disable HDR if prompted, set the graphics settings (start with something conservative) and apply.
  3. Manually restart the game. Avoid using the restart option from the settings menu, as it will restart using Safe Mode and all settings will be reset again.
Possible workarounds exist for crashes on launch related to having set the Graphics API to DirectX 12.[33]
Install DirectX Graphics Tools on Windows 10[34][35]
  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[34]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open settings.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.[36]
On Windows 10, make sure the system is updated to version 1903.[37][38][39]
Update BIOS at own risk
Updating the BIOS has been reported to have helped a number of AMD chipset users.[40][41][42][43]
Unintended interruptions and user errors in the process of BIOS flashing may render the computer unusable.[44]
A November 8, 2019 launcher update addresses issues related to AMD CPUs.[45]
Set audio output device to Nvidia High Definition Audio[46]
  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.[47][48]
Clear graphics cache files[49][50]
  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.

Game stuttering

Multiple players have reported in-game stuttering related to high CPU usage.[51][52]
Use the -cpuLoadRebalancing command line argument[53][54]
  1. Go to Settings within the Rockstar Games Launcher.
  2. Click on Red Dead Redemption 2 under My installed games.
  3. Add -cpuLoadRebalancing to Launch arguments.
Implemented by Rockstar Games to rebalance workload on the CPU cores and address the issue of stuttering.
BES, Process Lasso and other external solutions previously used to address the problem should be disabled.
Enable asynchronous compute through the config file[55][56]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open settings.xml in a text editor.
  3. Locate the <asyncComputeEnabled value="false" /> line and change false to true
  4. Save the file.
Change in-game graphics API to DirectX 12[57][58][59]
  1. Go to the Settings menu in the game.
  2. Open the Graphics settings.
  3. Scroll down to the Advanced Graphics section.
  4. Toggle the Advanced Settings option to "Unlocked".
  5. Change the Graphics API setting to "DirectX 12".
  6. Apply the settings and restart the game.
Possibility of decreased performance compared to Vulkan.

Persistent mouse cursor

The system mouse cursor may persistently appear on top of the game window.[60]
Commonly reported by owners of the Epic Games Store version of the game.[61]
Install update KB4522741 on Windows 10[62]
  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.
Remove overlay files of the Epic Games launcher[63]
  1. Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Epic Games\Launcher\Portal\Extras\Overlay\
  2. Move EOSOverlayRenderer-Win32-Shipping.exe, EOSOverlayRenderer-Win64-Shipping.exe, EOSOVH-Win32-Shipping.dll and EOSOVH-Win64-Shipping.dll to a different folder for personal backup.
In order to use the overlay in other games or avoid unexpected launcher behavior, move the files back to the original location when the workaround is no longer required.
Display mouse pointer trails[64]
  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.[65][66]
Use the -width and -height command line arguments[37]
  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.
Only applies to Nvidia graphics cards.

Incorrect map display at 48:9

The in-game map might scale incorrectly at 48:9 multi-monitor resolutions.
Set Screen Type to Windowed Borderless in the Graphics settings[68]

Other information


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


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

Command line arguments

Command Notes
-cpuLoadRebalancing Rebalances workload on the CPU cores - used to avoid in-game stalling.[30]
-scofflineonly Disables the Social Club online functionality in the game.[69]
-safemode Starts the game with minimum settings for troubleshooting.[69]
-width X Sets the game display width to X.[69]
-height Y Sets the game display height to Y.[69]
-fullscreen Forces the game to launch in Fullscreen mode.

Game progress overview online

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 to browse through the in-game store catalogue and order items without launching the game.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1
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
Independent benchmarks indicate that meeting the recommended system requirements is not enough for 60 FPS at 1080p at the High and Ultra graphics settings.[70]


  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, cinematic cameras and dialogue scenes are windowboxed. The photo mode, loading screens, some menu screens and character interactions are pillarboxed.[12]
  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.[17][18]
  6. vulkan-1.dll version 1.1.108 as of November 13, 2019.


  1. The Story Behind the Story of ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ - last accessed on 2019-10-23
    "As “Red Dead Redemption 2” wrapped up, it did so with a singular group not distinguished as Rockstar North or Rockstar Lincoln, but simply as Rockstar Games."
  2. Red Dead Redemption 2's state-of-the-art technology analysed •
  3. Red Dead Redemption 2 system requirements and PC features revealed - last accessed on 2019-11-02
  4. Red Dead Redemption 2: NVIDIA’s Recommended GPUs For 60+ FPS Gameplay - last accessed on 2019-11-04
  5. RDR2: Launch issues megathread! - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  6. Rockstar Support tweet - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  7. Red-Dead-Redemption-2-Coming-to-PC-November-5th
  8. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-10
  9. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-05
    Removing the local files and launching the game resulted in a conflict prompt that allowed to successfully download the files from the cloud.
  10. Triple is the only way to go. 5760x1080. Brutalizes my 2080Ti but looks and plays awesome. - last accessed on 2019-11-10
  11. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-05
    Tested at a custom 5760x1080 resolution in the windowed modes within the game.
  12. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-05
    Tested at the native 2560x1080 monitor resolution.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Red Dead Redemption 2 For PC Now Available to Pre-Purchase via the Rockstar Games Launcher - last accessed on 2019-10-10
  14. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-05
    Using a custom 3840x2160 resolution resulted in significantly less FPS compared to 2560x1080.
  15. Red Dead Redemption II (Nvidia GTX 1070 / i7-6700k) (Custom Settings) Short Gameplay + Benchmark - last accessed on 2019-11-08
  16. Red Dead Redemption 2's PC Framerate Is Causing Unexpected Issues - last accessed on 2019-11-15
  17. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PC) - Mouse smoothing - low versus high - last accessed on 2019-11-13
  18. Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC Review - last accessed on 2019-11-13
  19. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-06
    Navigated through every menu including Social Club and toggled every setting, then played through the first part of the game only with an Xbox 360 controller.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-05
    Tested with an Xbox 360 Razer Onza controller.
  21. PS4 controller for PC - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  22. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-05
    The game produced positional audio on a 5.1 sound system.
  23. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-06
    Sound effects such as horse or violin sounds are not captioned.
  24. How to Change the Subtitles Language in Red Dead Redemption 2 For PC - last accessed on 2019-11-05
  25. 25.0 25.1 Anyone else experiencing the broken waypoint & marker system in online? - last accessed on 2019-11-14
  26. No true fullscreen for RDR2 on PC? - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  27. Cant get the game to run in fullscreen - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  28. Settings reset from Fullscreen to bordeless window at restart (brightness settings reset too) - last accessed on 2019-11-09
  29. Unlocked Frame Rate and More Now Enabled for UWP - last accessed on 2019-11-13
  30. 30.0 30.1 RDR2 Title Update 1.14 Notes (PS4 / Xbox One / PC) - last accessed on 2019-11-14
  31. (FIX for crashing) Disable your anti virus and its firewall - last accessed on 2019-11-05
  32. (FIX for crashing) Use Safe Mode and disable HDR - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  33. RDR2: Launch issues megathread - Nov 10th comment 1 - last accessed on 2019-11-11
  34. 34.0 34.1 Can't launch game after switching to DIRECTX 12 - last accessed on 2019-11-11
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  36. (PC) Rockstar Launcher Exited Unexpectedly - last accessed on 2019-11-06
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  38. (PC) Rockstar Launcher Exited Unexpectedly comment 1 - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  39. (PC) Rockstar Launcher Exited Unexpectedly comment 2 - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  40. MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Agesa BETA Bios. RDR2 Launcher ERROR BEGONE! - last accessed on 2019-11-07
  41. For those among us on Ryzen 3000 processors with MSI motherboards that have BIOSes the Rockstar game launcher doesn't work with, MSI has released beta BIOSes for all of them. Check your motherboard's support page. - last accessed on 2019-11-07
  42. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PC) Review - last accessed on 2019-11-13
  43. (PC) Rockstar Launcher Exited Unexpectedly comment 4 - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  44. HP Consumer Desktop PCs - Updating the BIOS (Basic Input Output System) - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  45. Rockstar Games Launcher Release Notes – v1.0.12.172 - last accessed on 2019-11-08
  46. Fix for unexpectantly closed - Change Output to NVDIA audio - last accessed on 2019-11-09
  47. Before the new Update, my game worked fine but with the new update I get this error everytime i start singleplayer. Anybody else getting this? - last accessed on 2019-11-14
  48. Is anyone else having trouble with the -cpuLoadRebalancing launch param? After I set it to use that I can't seem to load into story mode, just gives an "ERR_GFX_STATE" error - last accessed on 2019-11-14
  49. Tried a few things and it seems to fix it I needed to delete the 3 sga_vulkan_final_init files inside Documents\Rockstar Games\Red Dead Redemption 2\Settings folder - last accessed on 2019-11-14
  50. Verified by User:Infogram on 2019-11-14
    Removing these files allowed the game to load without the error appearing, need to delete these each time I want to start the game though otherwise the error immediately returns.
  51. Freezing - last accessed on 2019-11-05
  52. Totally normal CPU behavior while playing Red Dead. (Those are the cause of the random freezes by the way) - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  53. Graphics stuttering or stalling in Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC - last accessed on 2019-11-14
  54. Help yeah, i5 freezes are fixed now! - last accessed on 2019-11-14
  55. Verified by User:Infogram on 2019-11-13
    VK mode is fixed for me with this setting enabled, previously VK was unplayable with 5-10 second freezing multiple times a minute, now freezes are a lot more rare, and only last a couple seconds (with bonus of better FPS than DX12 too!)
  56. TIP: If you have an i5 and are getting constant freezes, try this - last accessed on 2019-11-13
  57. Verified by User:Infogram on 2019-11-09
    Solved all stutter/freezing issues, went from almost constant multiple-second freezes to far fewer (game was unplayable beforehand)
  58. Performance guide with fix for freezing issues (especially for i5 and Geforce users) - last accessed on 2019-11-11
  59. If you're having stability issues on a Ryzen CPU, try switching from Vulkan to DirectX12. - last accessed on 2019-11-11
  60. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PC) Review - last accessed on 2019-11-13
  61. Epic Games version without cursor bug anyone? - last accessed on 2019-11-14
  62. How do I get my mouse cursor off of my pc screen? comment 1 - last accessed on 2019-11-13
  63. Epic Store Mouse Cursor Fix for new 1.14 Patch (Deleted these files from Epic Launcher) - last accessed on 2019-11-15
  64. How do I get my mouse cursor off of my pc screen? comment 2 - last accessed on 2019-11-13
  65. I cannot access the settings to change my resolution. - last accessed on 2019-11-07
  66. Resolution issue (PC) - last accessed on 2019-11-07
  67. How to fix this? My ingame resolution is kinda screwed, can't see any buttons.. does anyone know what should I do? - last accessed on 2019-11-08
  68. RDR2 - Map is compressed on 5760x1080 - last accessed on 2019-11-08
  69. 69.0 69.1 69.2 69.3 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-09
    Verified as working.
  70. Red Dead Redemption 2: PC graphics performance benchmark review - Graphics card performance 1080p - last accessed on 2019-11-06