With Red Dead Redemption 2 on the way later this year, there interest in the original game has sparked up again recently. Microsoft added Red Dead Redemption to its Xbox backwards compatibility program in 2016, but this week, the game received an update for Xbox One X, dramatically improving the game’s resolution. Since Rockstar’s western never made it to PC, this now appears to be the best way to play the game.
Red Dead Redemption launched on the Xbox 360 and PS3 way back in 2010 and even then, the game pushed last gen hardware to its limits. The Xbox 360 did manage to render the game at 720p, but the PS3 ended up running it at around the 640p mark. Aliasing and view distances are also glaring issues for anyone trying to go back and play the original game today. Fortunately, the Xbox One X patch clears a lot of that up, adding 4K support, which dramatically sharpens up the presentation. You can see the difference in a comparison video below, posted by ElAnalistaDeBits:
Aside from Red Dead Redemption 2, a few other Xbox 360 backwards compatible titles also received Xbox One X patches this week. This includes Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Sonic Generations, Portal, Darksiders and Gears of War 2.
Microsoft has also made another big push for original Xbox games getting backwards compatibility, with 19 new games set to head to Xbox One this month.
KitGuru Says: I switched to PC gaming around the time Red Dead Redemption first came out, so I didn’t have a chance to play it. However, the Xbox One X patch seems to do a good job of cleaning up the visuals, so I may finally get around to trying it out. Did any of you play Red Dead Redemption back when it first launched? What do you think of the Xbox One X patch?