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
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Key points

PС version features graphical and technical improvements, as well as additional in-game content.[3][4]

General information

Official website
Official support page
Steam Community Discussions


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.
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Special Edition and Ultimate Edition also available.
All versions require Rockstar Games Launcher DRM.

Version differences[edit]

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 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[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use modified files to skip intro videos[7]
  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.[6]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Store
Steam Cloud
Supports save game files syncing with the Rockstar Games cloud.[8]

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Hor+ gameplay, windowboxed cinematics, pillarboxed elements.[9][10]
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.[14]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode
Protanopia, Deuteranopia, or Tritanopia.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Increase TAA sharpening beyond the in-game limit through the config file[15]
  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 settings[edit]

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
Controller remapping
12 presets for each view.
Controller sensitivity
Separate sliders with 15 positions for the third person and first person Look and Aim.[19] 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.[19] No native support for DS4 controllers.[21]
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

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
Latin American Spanish


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[edit]

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

Issues unresolved[edit]

No exclusive fullscreen[edit]

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[edit]

Game crashing[edit]

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.
Controller users of the Steam version of the game have reported crashes on launch.
Disable Steam Input[32][33]
  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.[34]
A November 25, 2019 game update addressed an issue of crashes related to switching between Vulkan and DirectX 12.[35]
Install DirectX Graphics Tools on Windows 10[36][37]
  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[36]
  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[edit]

Attempting to launch the game may result in the "Rockstar Launcher exited unexpectedly" error message.[38]
On Windows 10, make sure the system is updated to version 1903.[39][40][41]
Set audio output device to Nvidia High Definition Audio[42]
  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[edit]

This error message has been reported to appear after the November 13, 2019 game update.[43][44]
Add -ignorepipelinecache command line argument to disable pipeline cache files[45]
Follow the steps on the "Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC crashing with ERR_GFX_STATE error" support page.
Clear graphics cache files[46][47]
  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[48]
  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.

Game stuttering[edit]

Multiple players have reported in-game stuttering related to high CPU usage.[49][50]
The issue was addressed in the November 19, 2019 game update.[30]
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.[30]

Persistent mouse cursor[edit]

The system mouse cursor may persistently appear on top of the game window.[51]
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.[52][30]
Install update KB4522741 on Windows 10[53]
  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[54]
  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[edit]

The game may start at an incorrect resolution, resulting in out-of-screen elements and inability to reach the graphics settings.[55][56]
Use the -width and -height command line arguments[39]
  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 UI scaling at wide resolutions[edit]

In-game UI elements including the HUD, map and menu screens might scale incorrectly at ultra-wide and multi-monitor resolutions.[58]
Set Screen Type to Windowed Borderless in the Graphics settings[59]

Water flickering[edit]

Increase Water Refraction quality in the Graphics settings menu[60]

Other information[edit]


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[edit]

Command Notes
-cpuLoadRebalancing Rebalances workload on the CPU cores - used to avoid in-game stalling.[30]
-ignorepipelinecache Prevents the game from using the sga_ / pipelineCache files, which may solve the "ERR_GFX_STATE" error for some.[45]
-noDPIAdjust Aims to address aspect ratio issues experienced by AOC AG241QX monitor users.[61]
-scofflineonly Disables the Social Club online functionality in the game.[62]
-safemode Starts the game with minimum settings for troubleshooting.[62]
-width X Sets the game display width to X.[62]
-height Y Sets the game display height to Y.[62]
-fullscreen Forces the game to launch in fullscreen mode.[63]
-windowed Forces the game to launch in windowed mode.[63]
-borderless Forces the game to launch in borderless windowed mode.[63]
-frameLimit Limits framerate.[63]
-useMaximumSettings Sets all graphics settings to the highest quality.[63]
-ignoreDifferentVideoCard Prevents resetting of the system.xml config upon a graphics card change.[63]
-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[63]
Arguments listed on the "Available Command Lines for GTAV on PC" page may also work in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Game progress overview online[edit]

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[edit]

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.[64][65]


  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.[11]
  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.[16][17]
  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. Red-Dead-Redemption-2-Coming-to-PC-November-5th
  6. Legal Screen Skip Bugs - last accessed on 2019-12-09
  7. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-10
  8. 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.
  9. Triple is the only way to go. 5760x1080. Brutalizes my 2080Ti but looks and plays awesome. - last accessed on 2019-11-10
  10. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-05
    Tested at a custom 5760x1080 resolution in the windowed modes within the game.
  11. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-05
    Tested at the native 2560x1080 monitor resolution.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Red Dead Redemption 2 For PC Now Available to Pre-Purchase via the Rockstar Games Launcher - last accessed on 2019-10-10
  13. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-05
    Using a custom 3840x2160 resolution resulted in significantly less FPS compared to 2560x1080.
  14. Red Dead Redemption II (Nvidia GTX 1070 / i7-6700k) (Custom Settings) Short Gameplay + Benchmark - last accessed on 2019-11-08
  15. Edit <sharpenIntensity value="1.000000" /> in settings.xml to add more TAA sharpening than is possible through the ingame menu - last accessed on 2019-11-18
  16. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PC) - Mouse smoothing - low versus high - last accessed on 2019-11-13
  17. Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC Review - last accessed on 2019-11-13
  18. 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.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-05
    Tested with an Xbox 360 Razer Onza controller.
  20. PS4 controller for PC - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  21. Controller vibrations not working. - last accessed on 2019-11-22
  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. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-12-05
    Portugues do Brasil is the only version of the language available within the Rockstar Games Launcher.
  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 30.2 30.3 30.4 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. Have to unplug joystick everytime I launch the game? - last accessed on 2019-12-10
  33. You can fix some crashes by unplugging the controller, but plugging it in f***s it again - last accessed on 2019-12-10
  34. RDR2: Launch issues megathread - Nov 10th comment 1 - last accessed on 2019-11-11
  35. RDR2 Title Update 1.15 Notes (PS4 / Xbox One / Stadia / PC) - last accessed on 2019-11-25
  36. 36.0 36.1 Can't launch game after switching to DIRECTX 12 - last accessed on 2019-11-11
  37. RDR2: Launch issues megathread - Nov 10th comment 2 - last accessed on 2019-11-11
  38. (PC) Rockstar Launcher Exited Unexpectedly - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  39. 39.0 39.1 RDR2 Errors - Exited Unexpectedly, Stuck on Updating Launcher, Audio issues, freezing, poor performance - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  40. (PC) Rockstar Launcher Exited Unexpectedly comment 1 - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  41. (PC) Rockstar Launcher Exited Unexpectedly comment 2 - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  42. Fix for unexpectantly closed - Change Output to NVDIA audio - last accessed on 2019-11-09
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 45.0 45.1 Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC crashing with ERR_GFX_STATE error - last accessed on 2019-12-15
  46. 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
  47. 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.
  48. ERR_GFX_STATE - last accessed on 2020-01-02
  49. Freezing - last accessed on 2019-11-05
  50. 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
  51. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PC) Review - last accessed on 2019-11-13
  52. Epic Games version without cursor bug anyone? - last accessed on 2019-11-14
  53. How do I get my mouse cursor off of my pc screen? comment 1 - last accessed on 2019-11-13
  54. How do I get my mouse cursor off of my pc screen? comment 2 - last accessed on 2019-11-13
  55. I cannot access the settings to change my resolution. - last accessed on 2019-11-07
  56. Resolution issue (PC) - last accessed on 2019-11-07
  57. 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
  58. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-01-14
    Experienced for the first time at 2560x1080 after the January 14, 2020 update.
  59. RDR2 - Map is compressed on 5760x1080 - last accessed on 2019-11-08
  60. Anyone else's water glitched AF after yesterday's update? - last accessed on 2019-11-17
  61. RDR2 Title Update 1.17 Notes (PS4 / Xbox One / PC) - last accessed on 2020-02-21
  62. 62.0 62.1 62.2 62.3 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-09
    Verified as working.
  63. 63.0 63.1 63.2 63.3 63.4 63.5 63.6 Verified by User:Infogram on 2019-11-20
    Verified working with latest Nov. 19th update.
  64. Red Dead Redemption 2: PC graphics performance benchmark review - Graphics card performance 1080p - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  65. Red Dead Redemption 2 settings guide, system requirements, port analysis, performance tweaks, benchmarks, and more - last accessed on 2019-11-18