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Red Dead Redemption 2’s PS4-exclusive content revealed

It’s also coming to Xbox One soon

Red Dead Redemption 2 - Arthur on a horse
Note: This is not a screenshot of the Red Chestnut Arabian Horse.
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With exactly three weeks to go until Red Dead Redemption 2’s release, Sony has revealed the timed-exclusive content that will be available in the game for PlayStation 4 customers — and while it’s hard to tell from the descriptions, most of it seems like small potatoes.

When Rockstar Games unveiled Red Dead Redemption 2 all the way back in October 2016, the publisher and Sony announced a marketing partnership through which PS4 players would receive “first access to earn select online content” in the game. Neither company has provided details on the exclusives until now, although Sony announced another piece of the co-marketing deal in September: a Red Dead Redemption 2 PS4 Pro bundle.

Based on Sony and Rockstar’s original wording, most people probably expected the exclusive content to be limited to the game’s online component, which is called Red Dead Online. As it turns out, there’s more than just “select online content” among the exclusives.

A total of four items will be exclusive to PS4 players in Red Dead Redemption 2, at least for some time. The Grizzlies Outlaw Outfit, which consists of a long wool-lined coat over a leather vest, will be available both in the game’s story mode on launch day and in Red Dead Online when it debuts in November.

Red Dead Redemption 2 - PS4 exclusives Rockstar Games

The other three items are the Red Chestnut Arabian Horse, the Alligator Skin Ranch Cutter Saddle and the High Roller Double-Action Revolver. They will not be available until Red Dead Online goes live, although it’s not clear if players will be able to use them outside of the game’s online component. It sounds like they’ll provide some useful benefits. The steed is better than most of the wild horses roaming the world. The saddle is an “enhanced version” of the one everyone starts with in Red Dead Online. And the pistol is the fastest-firing revolver in the game.

All three of those items will be exclusive to PS4 players for the first 30 days of Red Dead Online’s release, after which point they will become available on Xbox One. It’s unclear if the Grizzlies Outlaw Outfit is subject to the same timed exclusivity window, or if it is a permanent PS4 exclusive. And there’s no word on how players will obtain any of these in-game items. We’ve asked Rockstar for clarification, and we’ll update this article with any information we receive.

Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released Oct. 26 on PS4 and Xbox One, with Red Dead Online scheduled to go live sometime in November as a public beta. For more, read our in-depth hands-on impressions of the game from September, and check out the full descriptions of the PS4 exclusives on the PlayStation Blog.

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