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Red Dead Redemption 2 System Requirements

The minimum system requirements you need to play Red Dead Redemption 2 – including recommended system requirements for the best in-game experience.
Last Updated on December 1, 2023
Red Dead Redemption 2 System Requirements
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Released in 2018 to widespread critical acclaim, Red Dead Redemption 2 still stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the newest and best games currently releasing thanks to its living and breathing open world, compelling story, and memorable characters.

Nothing less was expected, however, as Rockstar Games – the developers behind GTA – always delivers the goods. Still, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a massive game with breath-taking graphics and immersive gameplay that is best experienced on a powerful PC.

To be able to play Red Dead Redemption 2, you can find the minimum PC system requirements and recommended PC system requirements below.

Minimum Specifications

Pulled straight Rockstar’s official support page, the minimum system requirements you’re going to need to play Red Dead Redemption 2 are:

  • OS: Windows 10 – April 2018 Update (v1803)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K / AMD FX-6300
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 2GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB
  • HDD Space: 150GB
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible

Recommended Specifications

For the best performance when playing Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar recommends the following system requirements:

  • OS: Windows 10 – April 2018 Update (v1803)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-4770K / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
  • Memory: 12GB
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB / AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
  • HDD Space: 150GB
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible

How Can I Make RDR2 Run Smoother on PC?

If you are experiencing stuttering, lag, and freezing when playing RDR2, the main cause is most likely that your PC is not powerful enough, which means you will have to upgrade your hardware to meet the game’s minimum system requirements (listed above).

Another fix for lagging, stuttering, and drops in FPS is to change the in-game graphic settings to settings that are less demanding (found in the Red Dead Redemption 2 menu settings). If you are playing Red Dead Online, the issue could be your internet connection.


Like most CPU-intensive games, playing Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC requires that you have a half-decent processor, RAM, and graphics card. These are the main requirements, along with an up-to-date operating system and enough hard drive space to install the game (150 GB).

The minimum system requirements for RDR2, listed above, are enough to run and play the game to an acceptable standard.

For the best performance, however, the recommended system requirements for Red Dead Redemption 2 are required to play the game with optimum graphic settings and zero performance issues.

Andrew is one of three co-founders of BGFG, the parent company of PC Guide. A keen gamer and PC enthusiast, Andrew dabbles in a bit of writing sometimes - when he gets the chance to!