Surprise Red Dead Redemption update officially adds 60FPS

Surprise Red Dead Redemption update officially adds 60FPS
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Written by 

Tom Chapman


5th Oct 2023 10:41

You asked for it, and now you've got it. While Rockstar Games can sometimes be accused of letting us down in terms of a lacklustre GTA Trilogy, giving us a Red Dead Redemption Switch port instead of a remake, and dangling us on a thread with the GTA 6 release, it occasionally gives us something we actually want. 

The 2010 cowboy caper goes down in history as one of the best video games of all time, and while it's arguably been bested by its 2018 sequel, there's a lot of love for John Marston's debut. Up there with Rockstar legends like Bully and GTA: Vice City, it's time to put some respect on RDR. 

Red Dead Redemption gets 60FPS upgrade

We might've been left a little saddle sore that we simply got a Switch and PS4 port of Red Dead Redemption, but it didn't take long for those grumbles to die down. Many praised them as an impressive tweaking of the classic title, even if they didn't offer too much in terms of upgrades.

Now, Rockstar has dropped a surprise 60FPS upgrade for the PS4 version of Red Dead Redemption. The 1.03 patch came in at a few hundred MB and had a pretty generic description for "general bug fixes, stability fixes, and improvements."

This was hiding a major W, and if you open up the PS4 version of Red Dead Redemption, you'll now notice a 60FPS option that can also be toggled on and off through the pause menu. As the game only launched with 30FPS, there were complaints that we weren't getting much bang for our buck.

It might sound great, but unfortunately, the PS4 version of Red Dead Redemption can only be played at 60FPS when run through PS5 via backward compatibility. Of course, Xbox players have been able to access a souped-up Red Dead Redemption long before this. 

Did Rockstar axe its new-gen Red Dead Redemption?

Red Dead Redemption gameplay 2010
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Tinkering with graphics is all well and good, but there's only so much you can do with a game that's already 13 years old. Many hoped Rockstar would go down the Naughty Dog and Capcom route, giving us a true remake in the vein of The Last of Us Part I and the Resident Evil 4 remake.

For a while back there, we genuinely believed a new-gen Red Dead Redemption remake was on the way. An interesting piece of code suggests the port was originally a full-blown remake, but Rockstar has never confirmed or denied it. 

Even though we'd previously heard that the disappointment of the GTA Trilogy led to the developer canning Red Dead and GTA IV remakes, it's all hearsay and speculation. Maybe not yet, but we imagine a Red Dead remake will ride into town one day.

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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