Rockstar Games has released Red Dead Redemption on the PS5 and Nintendo Switch, sparking controversy among fans of the original series. Some criticize the barebones remaster job, while others see it as a cash grab.
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Red Dead Redemption was a beloved game, and the newer port aimed to make it playable natively on the PS5 and Nintendo Switch. Previously, PS5 owners had to play the PS4 version of the game. Meaning the new port would’ve also meant performance and graphical upgrades. However, Rockstar Games seemed to have offered minimal touches to the graphical fidelity. Although image quality has improved across the board, this version will be much sharper than the Red Dead Redemption version that is available on the Xbox Series X.
But despite these slight improvements, the studio has released the 13-year-old game with a $49.99 price tag, which is nearly the cost of a new AAA title. It doesn’t just end there, as Rockstar has also decided to offer a bundled deal with its 5-year-old sequel (Red Dead Redemption 2) for an insane $100. Apart from the graphics, performance is another major disappointment for this port release.
While it was released for a more powerful console, the game is still capped at 30 fps. Even the menu retains the original 720p UI elements, which makes the menu look muddled in higher resolutions like 4K. In other words, Take-Two Interactive charges nearly full price for a decade-old rerelease. To make matters worse, fans of the series have been asking for a PC port for years now, but the company seems to have no plans for this. Ironically, you can play the game on a PC via an emulator at 60 fps.