Once the technology was there, developers became interested in making games as realistic as possible. These days things like image upscaling and Nvidia’s RTX for more realistic lighting are implemented for that extra bit of graphical fidelity. Both have become industry standards. Similarly, AMD recently launched version 2.0 of its FSR rendering technique and created a new mod that adds support for the technology to Red Dead Redemption 2.
As seen by DSO Gaming, a modder who goes by the name RealIndica has managed to implement AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution, specifically version 2.0, in Rockstar’s 2018 Western epic. This add-on is based on a mod by PotatoOfDoom and replaces Nvidia’s own version of upscaling called DLSS or Deep Learning Super Sampling with this more open-source brand. It means that players can now play an upscaled version of Red Dead Redemption 2 through team red’s technology instead of team green. It should be noted that since this is a mod, it is not an official patch rolled out by Rockstar and it is possible that there are some notable bugs.
As one of the most expensive video games ever developed, costing at least $170 million to make, RDR2 has been hailed for its visual splendor, giving players an extraordinarily beautiful interpretation of the USA at the turn of the century. While graphics aren’t everything when it comes to gaming, they certainly don’t detract from the experience either. A title of this caliber is one that many players will be happy with that there is now alternative upscaling software, which can make the game look better without requiring additional work on the system hardware.
As mentioned above, RealIndica’s add-on is actually based on another one that preceded it. Recently, PotatoOfDoom released a mod that supports AMD’s FSR 2.0 for Cyberpunk 2077. For those who don’t know, upscaling essentially works by redrawing pixels on the screen for better visual quality. For example, the AI might take something running at 1080p and “scale up” that to 1440p. The idea behind this is that because it’s done through software and not hardware, it doesn’t put more work into a user’s graphics card.
As for the game itself, Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of Rockstar’s most successful releases, only just on the heels of GTA 5. In fact, it has become one of the best-selling games of the past decade. As much as this can be attributed to the overall graphics, much of its credit lies in the quality of the writing, the development of each character, and the fact that the game is a successful prequel to its much-loved predecessor.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is now available on PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One.
Source: DSO Gaming