Red Dead Redemption 2 Day-One Update Detailed

Rockstar advises you download it before you begin playing.


Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally here; the highly anticipated open-world western from Rockstar Games is out now for PS4 and Xbox One. And like many other new releases nowadays, Rockstar has revealed the game will come alongside a day-one update.

According to the developer's official website, the update will address "a number of last minute tweaks, bugs, and fixes." You aren't required to download and install the patch before you can begin playing the game, although Rockstar strongly advises that you do "to ensure the best possible gameplay experience."

Those who've pre-ordered RDR2 digitally can already begin pre-loading the game ahead of its release, but you'll need to clear up a lot of space to install it; after much speculation over its file size, Rockstar recently confirmed that RDR2 weighs in at roughly 100 GB on both platforms. You can read more details on Rockstar's support page.

Players who have already pre-loaded the game will be able to start playing tonight at 9 PM PT (12 AM ET on October 26). You'll also be able to get it a little early if you pick up a physical copy from certain retailers; both Best Buy and GameStop have announced they'll begin selling the title at 9 PM local time. RDR2 comes in a variety of different editions; you can learn more about each in our pre-order guide. However, even if you go the physical route, it'll take quite a while to install RDR2 on your console; as we recently learned, the physical copy of the game spans two discs.

Reviews are out for RDR2, and critics have had glowing things to say about it. GameSpot awarded the title a 9/10 in our Red Dead 2 review, calling it "an excellent prequel, but it's also an emotional, thought-provoking story in its own right." Before jumping into the game, be sure to check out our Red Dead 2 tips and guides.

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