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Red Dead Redemption 2 and Online

Just a random collection of things related to Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online. From what I've heard Rockstar has pretty much abandoned the game at this point, but you can still make it enjoyable. See below for more.

Crash Fix aka Anti-Cheater Fix aka Private Sessions

Probably common knowledge by now and just saved here so I don't need to go looking. Created and published by people here and here and in other places. Just search for “Red Dead Online private session” using your favorite search engine.

  • Find the installation folder of Red Dead Redemption 2 (for Steam it's usually …\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\Red Dead Redemption 2)
  • Switch to the folder \x64\data
  • Place the startup.meta (see below) file there
  • Open the file with a text editor and replace password at the very end of the file with something more complex
  • Have your friends do the same thing with the same password so you can play together
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
 <disabledFiles />
 <includedXmlFiles itemType="CDataFileMgr__DataFileArray" />
 <includedDataFiles />
 <dataFiles itemType="CDataFileMgr__DataFile">
   <fileType>aWeaponizeDisputants</fileType> <!-- collision -->
		<overlay value="false" />
		<patchFile value="false" />
 <contentChangeSets itemType="CDataFileMgr__ContentChangeSet" />
 <patchFiles />

Graphics Settings

Based on Hardware Unboxed' Red Dead Redemption 2 Optimization Part 1 and Part 2.

Reducing the game resolution should help a lot too, e.g. from 1920x1080px to 1600x900px.

Setting Value (Higher Profile)
Texture Quality High
Anisotropic Filtering 4x
Lighting Quality Medium
Global Illumination Quality High
Shadow Quality High
Far Shadow Quality High
Screen Space Ambient Occlusion Medium
Reflection Quality Low
Mirror Quality Ultra
Water Quality Medium
Volumetrics Quality Medium
Particle Quality Ultra
Tesselation Quality Ultra
TAA Medium
Setting Value (Higher Profile)
Near Volumetric Quality Low
Far Volumetric Quality Medium
Volumetric Lighting Quality Medium
Unlocked Volumetric Raymarch Resolution On
Particle Lighting Quality Medium
Soft Shadows High
Grass Shadows Medium
Long Shadows On
Full Resolution SSAO Off
Water Refraction Quality Low
Water Reflection Quality Medium
Water Physics Quality 2 / 5
TAA Sharpening Any
Motion Blur Off
Reflection MSAA 2x
Geometry Level of Detail 1 / 5
Grass Level of Detail 2 / 10
Tree Quality High
Parallax Occlusion Mapping Quality Medium
Decal Quality Ultra
Fur Quality High
gaming/rdr2.txt · Last modified: 14 January 2024 by