After the surprising drop of an update, Red Dead Redemption now offers the option to play at 60 frames per second.
Patch 1.03, which weighs just a few hundred MB, adds a 60fps switch to Red Dead Redemption on PlayStation 5. The port launched on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in August and can be played on PS5 thanks to backwards compatibility. At launch, Red Dead Redemption only ran at 30 frames per second on PS4, PS5 and Nintendo Switch, disappointing many fans of the 2010 epic.
Fans are now welcoming this new update after the Red Dead Redemption port suffered major backlash upon launch. Fans complained about the game’s minimal performance improvements as well as its $50 price tag, especially considering the port doesn’t include multiplayer or a PC version. Additionally, Red Dead Redemption is already playable on the Xbox Series X in 4K and has been available on Microsoft platforms for years thanks to the backwards compatibility of the Xbox Series
In an August interview with IGN, Strauss Zelnick, head of parent company Take-Two, defended Red Dead Redemption’s high price: “That’s the commercially correct price for it in our opinion,” Zelnick said.
Hannah Sage, EVP of Finance at Take-Two, also pointed out that the port is not just the base Red Dead game, but also Undead Nightmare. When asked if Undead Nightmare was the reason for its $50 price tag, Zelnick said the add-on “was a great standalone game when it was originally released, so we feel like it’s for the first time “It’s a great package, and definitely a great value-add for consumers.”
Thoughts inevitably turn to Red Dead Redemption 2 and the possibility of a next-gen upgrade. Last month’s explosive Xbox leak sent shockwaves throughout the Red Dead Redemption community after a Microsoft executive found a next-gen update for Red Dead Redemption 2 listed in a planning email. Rockstar has not yet commented.
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