- Rockstar Games has released a new update for Red Dead Online exclusively for the PC version, addressing crashes and stability issues.
- The patch appears to have resolved crashes related to fast travel and the wilderness camp, as well as exploits used by cheaters.
- PC gaming can be challenging due to the wide range of hardware setups, making it harder to ensure stability and performance, even for well-resourced developers like Rockstar Games.
Developer Rockstar Games has released a new update for Red Dead Online, the open-world multiplayer component of Red Dead Redemption 2. The new update is exclusively for the PC version of Red Dead Online, and should be available for all PC players as of January 31, 2024.
Like the base game of Red Dead Redemption 2, Red Dead Online was originally exclusive to consoles when it launched in 2018. When the PC version launched in 2019, players were given a chance to tackle the huge world of Red Dead Online with the benefit of beefy PC hardware that could greatly outstrip the performance ceilings of then-current consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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What does the latest Red Dead Online PC patch do?
The latest update for the game appears to be addressing some PC-exclusive instability. According to the official Red Dead Online PC patch notes for January 31, 2024, the new update is categorized under “Game Stability and Performance.” Rockstar’s patch addressed “several issues” related to causing crashes in Red Dead Online. The patch notes were not specific about what, exactly, those issues were.
The community’s reaction, however, may hold a clue about the patch’s effects. In the wake of the patch, at least one user on the Red Dead Online subreddit suggested that they were no longer experiencing crashes related to using fast travel and the wilderness camp. Twitter user Tez2 suggested in a post that the patch also addressed a method used by cheaters to cause other players’ games to crash shortly after loading. Cheaters have been a persistent problem in Red Dead Online, so if some of the crash issues are related to a method they exploited, then the lack of detail in the patch notes might make sense.
Though Red Dead Online and Red Dead Redemption‘s presence on PC has no doubt been a boon for players with the hardware to run it, it hasn’t been entirely smooth sailing for PC players. The sheer diversity of hardware setups and specifications in the PC space compared with the static specs of even high-end game consoles means that there are many more ways for a game to be unstable or perform poorly. And in the case of truly vast games like Rockstar’s open-world titles, even rigorous testing and quality assurance practices can’t catch every glitch, bug, and exploit without failure. Case in point: Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online were plagued with technical issues on PC at first.
Even a well-resourced developer like Rockstar Games might see PC gaming as a sort of “wild west” situation, full of unpredictable threats and requiring care to manage. This might explain why Rockstar tends not to launch big titles like Red Dead Online on PC at first, even if that can frustrate some players who want to experience some of the industry’s biggest games on their platform of choice right away.
Red Dead Online
Red Dead Online is a “standalone” release that takes place in the Red Dead Redemption II world, allowing players to create their own heroes and outlaws. They can enter an open world with other players, adventuring through a veritable playground of wild west-inspired areas. There’s PvP, cooperative play, multiple unlockables, and much more.
- May 14, 2019
- Online Co-Op , Online Multiplayer
- M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs and Alcohol