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Rockstar reveals Red Dead Redemption 2’s PC specs and new content

New graphical improvements, new missions, and more

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Rockstar Games is bringing Red Dead Redemption 2 to PC next month, and the Windows PC port of last year’s game will feature plenty of technical improvements, as well as brand-new game content. In a post on Rockstar Newswire, the developer revealed Red Dead Redemption 2’s visual improvements and the minimum and recommended hardware specs needed to run the game.

According to Rockstar, Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC will include the following new graphical features:

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.

The PC version will also feature HDR support, display resolutions of 4K and beyond, multi-monitor and widescreen setups, and faster frame rates. Rockstar will also add new content to Red Dead Redemption 2 as part of the Windows PC version. Here’s what’s included, via Rockstar.

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC bonus content

Three new Bounty Hunter Missions

  • Herman Zizendorf has been stealing tools from tradesmen — track him down in Blackwater.
  • Ex-Confederate Cavalry Officer Camille de Millemont is wanted dead or alive out by Catfish Jacksons, but his loyal men are never far behind.
  • Bart Cavanaugh and his men are camping out in Big Valley. Take Bart dead or alive without alerting the others if you want to avoid a whole mess of trouble.

Two new Gang Hideouts

  • Take on the deadly Del Lobos gang in new hideouts at Gaptooth Breach and Solomon’s Folly

Two new Treasure Maps

  • Search for treasures across the new Landmarks of Riches and The Elemental Trail maps for gold bars and other rewards

New weapons for Story Mode

  • M1899 Pistol all-new semi-automatic handgun with clip loaded ammunition
  • Evans Repeater high capacity repeater (previously available in Red Dead Online only)
  • High Roller Revolver ornate double-action revolver (previously available in Red Dead Online only)
  • Le Mat Revolver powerful revolver with the ability to shoot shotgun shells (previously available in Red Dead Online only)

New horses for Story Mode

  • Warped Brindle Arabian - a fast and agile mount
  • Few Spot Appaloosa - beautiful and hardy, ideal for cross-country journeys
  • Perlino Andalusian - a healthy, sturdy animal, ideal for hunting (previously available in Red Dead Online only)
  • Red Chestnut Arabian - a fleet-footed beast with a distinctive coat (previously available in Red Dead Online only)
  • Plus 3 new wild horse variations - keep an eye out for wild herds featuring the Buttermilk Buckskin Kentucky Saddler, Liver Chestnut Morgan and Gold Palomino Tennessee Walker

New Mission

  • “To The Ends of The Earth” - collect requested herbs for a range of rewards

Five new trinkets to collect with new effects

  • Hawk Talon - permanently decreases Stamina bar drain speed by 30% when drawing a bow
  • Cat Eye - permanently increases the length of Fortifying tonic effects by 20%
  • Shark Tooth - permanently increases horse bonding experience bonus by 10%
  • Turtle Shell - permanently increases health bar refill speed by 10%
  • Crow Beak - permanently increases looted ammo by 10%

Finally, Rockstar outlined the hardware specs needed to run Red Dead Redemption 2 — and run it well — on PC. You might want to clear out some hard drive space before you get started.

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC hardware requirements

Minimum Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 7 - Service Pack 1 (6.1.7601)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K / AMD FX-6300
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 2 GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 3 GB
  • HDD Space: 150 GB
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible

Recommended Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 10 - April 2018 Update (v1803)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
  • Memory: 12 GB
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB / AMD Radeon RX 480 4 GB
  • HDD Space: 150 GB
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible

Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to Windows PC on Nov. 5. The PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 will be available for pre-order via the Rockstar Games Launcher on Oct. 9. It will also be available for pre-order via the Epic Games Store, Green Man Gaming, the Humble Store, GameStop, and “additional digital retailers” starting Oct. 23. Rockstar said the PC version will also be sold on Steam, but not until December.

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