Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) is the sequel to the highly acclaimed western-style shooter developed by Rockstar North. It was initially released on consoles back in 2018, and then made its way to PC in November 2019.

This guide will take an in-depth look at RDR2’s graphical demands, and what type of PC hardware you need to play the game to your satisfaction.

RDR2 runs on a modified version of the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE), the engine that Rockstar has been using in one form or another since 2006. The game contains a lot of advanced settings, which have in turn brought their own problems (more on that in a moment).

The game is tough on PC hardware. You will require a very solid build in order to play RDR2 on its highest settings. With that said, the game is still playable on mid-tier machines, just with some options turned down.

In Section 1, we discuss the official minimum and recommended specifications for Red Dead Redemption II, and what kind of performance each set of specs could provide.

In Section 2, we provide four balanced example builds geared toward providing enough power to run RDR2 at 60 FPS with different resolutions (1080p, 1440p, and 4K).

Finally, in Section 3, we have put together a Red Dead Redemption II graphics settings guide that will tell you what each graphics option does, and how much each of them impacts the FPS of the game.

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