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Red Dead Redemption PS4 vs Xbox Comparison: Which Platform Is Best

Rockstar Games’ open world action-adventure game, Red Dead Redemption, is now available on the PS4, and if you’re wondering how it compares to the existing Xbox version, read ahead.

The game only offers a single display mode on PS4, with the the key improvement over the Xbox version running in backward compatibility mode on Xbox Series X coming down to image quality. The image is substantially more stable on PS4, as fine geometric elements and foliage appear sharp, while the image on Xbox Series X has an unstable resolve with obvious jagged edges. The options menu in the PS4 version indicates that FSR2 is in use, and the game resolves to a full 4K on both PS4 Pro and PS5.

As for the Series X version, it inherits the anti-aliasing method used on the Xbox 360, which was 2xMSAA, and it also runs at a three times resolution scale on each axis to reach a native 4K. There are some obvious jagged edges and additional shimmering on foliage elements. The PS4 version running on PS4 Pro or PS5 simply looks smoother.
Beyond image quality, the list of enhancements in the PS4 version of Red Dead Redemption are quite limited. The Series X is simply running Xbox 360 code with a higher resolution, anisotropic filtering and a negative LOD bias to enhance texture MIP Maps. Shadow quality in the Series X version, just like the Xbox 360 original, has messy shadows at distance and rough looking self shadows for character models, which has seen an improvement on PS4. The resolutions get boosted across the board on the new PlayStation version, with much higher-res shadow maps in every scenario.
The PS4 version also exhibits a slightly different gamma presentation relative to Series X. The former’s more neutral image preserves
shadow detail before any TV processing, and is, therefore, preferable.

In terms of performance, the PS4 version running on PS4 Pro or PS5 delivers a stable 30 fps, much like the Xbox 360 version running on the Xbox Series X. There is no option to cap the frame rate at 60 fps on the more powerful PS5.

All in all, the PS4 version of Red Dead Redemption offers a decent improvement over the Xbox 360 version running on Xbox Series X, mainly in terms of image quality and shadow quality, though it could have offered much more. Additionally, the option to cap the frame rate to 60 fps on PS5 would have been greatly appreciated.

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