Red Dead Redemption Surprise Update Gives Players Long-Requested Feature


  • Red Dead Redemption has finally been updated to support 60 FPS on PlayStation 5, addressing a major drawback of the recent ports.
  • Despite this improvement, fans are still disappointed with the lack of other enhancements and the absence of multiplayer in the ports.
  • The update also includes the option to enable subtitles and general bug fixes.

An update for Red Dead Redemption quietly introduced a long-requested feature to the beloved Rockstar title. Many had assumed it would never arrive after disappointing Red Dead Redemption ports arrived in August, especially given that current generation consoles did not receive native versions.

Since Red Dead Redemption 2 there have been rumors abound regarding its predecessor, Red Dead Redemption, which was released over a decade ago in 2010. Some suspected that news about a remake or remaster would be eventually made official, hoping that the original game could be brought up to par with the sequel. However, these hopes evaporated when Rockstar announced that while Red Dead Redemption would be making a comeback, it would only be in the form of PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch ports. While slightly enhanced, they turned out to be far from what is traditionally considered a remaster, and PlayStation 5 gamers would be stuck playing a version capped at 30 FPS. Fortunately, Rockstar has addressed that drawback.

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Hours after the patch was made available, the official Rockstar Twitter account confirmed that Red Dead Redemption, as well as the Undead Nightmare DLC, were now playable in 60 FPS on PlayStation 5. The small update also allows for subtitles to be enabled when “first booting the game,” and includes unspecified bug fixes. Physical copies of the ports will be purchasable from October 13.

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Albeit welcome, the increased framerate only solves one of a myriad of criticisms levied at the recent ports. Skipping over PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S was baffling to many fans of the series who have been clamoring for Red Dead Redemption to make a return. Furthermore, despite offering virtually nothing different to the version released in 2010, the Red Dead Redemption ports were priced at $50. This proved to be an especially egregious price point given that multiplayer was absent from the package. Additionally, Red Dead Redemption is still not available on PC.

To make matters worse for Red Dead fans, Red Dead Online received virtually no new substantial content for years before Rockstar announced that the seemingly limited resources assigned to the struggling multiplayer mode would be used to develop GTA 6. Nonetheless, fans are likely to ramp up requests for Rockstar to introduce a performance mode for Red Dead Redemption 2, which is locked at 30 FPS on current consoles.

Red Dead Redemption Update 1.03 Patch Notes:

  • Added an option to enable 60 FPS when played on PlayStation 5 via backward compatibility
  • Added an option to enable subtitles upon first booting up the game
  • General bug fixes and improvements

Red Dead Redemption is available now for PS3, PS4, Switch, and Xbox 360.

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