Red Dead Redemption 2 hits native 4K on Xbox One X, 864p on Xbox One S

Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

Red Dead Redemption 2's review embargo has finally lifted, with near-universal praise from critics. Our Xbox One review commended its unrivaled scale and depth, positioning it among the console's best games ever. Digital Foundry has now conducted a detailed analysis of the final product, surfacing some impressive (and not-so-impressive) technical details on Microsoft's hardware.

According to Digital Foundry, Red Dead Redemption 2 achieves native 4K resolution on Xbox One X, while simultaneously maintaining a near-constant 30 frames-per-second (30 FPS). Conversely, the game falls to 864p on Xbox One S, with regular framerate drops, especially in dense environments. Paired with a reliance on temporal anti-aliasing, this results in a blurry result on the entry-level device.

Delivering one of Xbox One's best open worlds to date, Xbox One appears to be the top console to play Red Dead Redemption 2. Meanwhile, Microsoft's aging Xbox One S is still failing to regularly hit its maximum 1080p gaming resolution across today's top releases.

In the meantime, don't miss our full Xbox One X review of Red Dead Redemption 2. The game represents a "generational leap for the gaming industry," showcasing the best of modern gaming.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is on track for an October 26, 2018, release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.