It looks as if Red Dead Redemption 2 will put all Microsoft's Xbox One X cycles to good use as the game has been confirmed to run in native 4K. Although its competitor, PlayStation 4 Pro has been confirmed for 4K too, it's unlikely native.
What this means in practice is that Red Dead Redemption 2 is likely to be upscaled to 4K by PlayStation 4 Pro hardware, which is of course not as great. This is where Microsoft's console's extra juice certainly comes in handy.
Speaking of juice, both Microsoft and Sony will have to supply plenty of it, since Red Dead Redemption 2 is shaping up to be a visual spectacle to behold. The recently advertised in-game photo mode is likely to be abused to oblivion too, since the countryside really looks swell.
Being a prequel to the events that occurred in the first instalment, Red Dead Redemption's map is said to encompass the old map and a bunch of new locations too. Needless to say, it's the biggest RDR map yet, even if it has but one competitor.
Similarly to Grand Theft Auto though, Rockstar are iterating on the existing engine and map, bringing it in line with current requirements and standards, while maintaining the familiarity of well established locations. Can't go much wrong with that to be honest and whose eyes don't light up when seeing familiar spots in GTA?
Moreover, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a good example of the current gen hardware being milked for all it's worth, with Rockstar throwing in everything but the kitchen sink. And what a lovely sink it is.
The company confirmed that the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 is a sprawling place filled with more than 200 species of wildlife, so firshermen and hunters will have plenty to do. As the gameplay video suggests, there won't be a shortage of things to do, be it fishing and hunting, robbing or just following along with the missions.
Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption 2 launches on 26 October 2018 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.