Microsoft is strengthening its Xbox ecosystem by bringing Xbox One X upgrades not only to native Xbox One games, but the Xbox 360 games which have been made available on Xbox One via backwards compatibility.
And Rockstar’s masterpiece, Red Dead Redemption, is among the first of these titles to receive the honors.
Red Dead Redemption, released in 2010, was available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The title has been a console exclusive ever since, having been made available to stream via the PlayStation Now service or to be played on any Xbox One console thanks to the backwards compatibility program.
The enhancement doesn’t bring sweeping graphical changes, so don’t expect Red Dead Redemption to look like a game released this year – just wait for Red Dead Redemption 2 to fill that niche – since that would require extensive work on the in-game assets that isn’t feasible.
However, the game has received 4K support, and all the necessary tweaks to make sure the visuals are not negatively impacted by the upscaling.
A few other backwards compatible games are also getting the enhancement and a large batch of Xbox 360 classics are now being added to the backwards compatible catalogue, including a number of Star Wars titles.
While being able to play Red Dead Redemption at 4K provided you have the necessary hardware sounds like a great deal, there is a catch fo the fans.
While the possibility of some kind of RDR remaster has always been slim, we’ve been holding out hope for Rockstar going back to pretty up the game for the current generation. Red Dead Redemption was a graphical masterpiece upon launch and still looks great today, but visual tech has advanced a lot in 8 years.
With this visual enhancement for the Xbox One X, the game already runs at 4K without a remaster. Many fans combined the hope of a remaster with the hope for a PC port, however with PS Now streaming, even that box has been technically ticked. So basically, on paper, we’ve run out of reasons to even make a remaster.
Oh well, guess it’s time to invest in an Xbox One X and 4K TV, right?