Now that Rockstar Games’ wildly popular open world western title Red Dead Redemption has made its way onto the Xbox One thanks to Microsoft’s backward compatibility program, fans of the release may be wondering whether or not its visuals have been boosted due to the console’s hardware. Thankfully, the fine folks over at Digital Foundry recently ran a side-by-side comparison that ultimately reveals Red Dead Redemption benefits from being ported onto the Xbox One.
According to Digital Foundry’s performance analysis, one of the main reasons that Red Dead Redemption looks so much better on the Xbox One as opposed to its Xbox 360 counterpart is due to the backward compatible version’s smoother frame rate. Although it’s not a major difference when compared, Red Dead Redemption runs at a consistent 30 frames-per-second on Xbox One, while the original Xbox 360 iteration occasionally dipped into the mid-20s.
As seen in the video below, though, that’s about it as far as the update to Red Dead Redemption‘s visual components go. Rockstar Games’ Western third-person shooter on the Xbox One basically remains the same in regards to its original colors, textures, lighting effects, draw distance, and resolution. Simply put, the main advantage to playing the title on the Xbox One is a better performance.
On top of Red Dead Redemption‘s better frame rate on Xbox One, there’s even more good news for fans looking to play it on Microsoft’s current generation console, as much of the game’s multiplayer DLC is now free. Although this deal doesn’t include every expansion, it does apply to the Mavericks and Myths pack, the Liars and Cheats pack, as well as the Legends and Killers pack.
Taking all of this into consideration, Red Dead Redemption now being playable on Xbox One has been a smart move on both Microsoft’s and Rockstar Games’ parts. As it happens, following the announcement that the game was coming to the system via backwards compatibility, sales of the open-world western have soared by nearly 6000%.
Of course, now that fans have been given the gift of Red Dead Redemption on Xbox One, a lot of gamers have almost certainly turned their attention toward the prospect of a sequel making its way into the marketplace. Rumors have been piling up that Rockstar Games will announce a follow-up to John Marston’s gun-slinging tale, but so far, the developer has been mum on the matter. In the meantime, all that’s left to do is hope that the success of Red Dead Redemption via Xbox One’s backward compatibility program proves to Rockstar how popular the series is with players, thus convincing the studio into furthering the franchise.
Red Dead Redemption is available now for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Source: Digital Foundry 1, 2