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How to Play in First Person in Red Dead Redemption 2, How to Activate Cinematic Camera

Here's our complete guide to Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2, including a full beginner's guide, Red Dead 2 cheats, tips, and much more.

Guide by Hirun Cryer, .

Rockstar originally introduced a first person feature in GTA 5 well after launch, but with Red Dead Redemption 2, it's there from day one. In this Red Dead Redemption 2 camera guide, we'll be walking you through how to switch to first person in Red Dead Redemption 2, as well as how to activate the cinematic camera, which puts the landscape of the game front and center.

But if you instead need help with any other areas of Rockstar’s game, you’ll want to head over to our Red Dead Redemption 2 guides hub. It’s on this page that you can find all the information you need about getting to grips with the combat and world of the game in the opening hours, as well as a full index of our in depth guide pages.

How to Switch to First Person Mode in Red Dead Redemption 2

Whether you’re playing Red Dead Redemption 2 on PS4 or Xbox One, you can switch the camera between three perspectives. You can either play in first person mode, or two versions of third person, where you can have the camera close behind Arthur Morgan, or a few meters back from the protagonist.

Switching between all three modes is simple: press the Touch Pad on the PS4 controller or the Select button on the Xbox One controller. Pressing this will switch you between all three camera modes, and you can switch it up as much as you like through Red Dead Redemption 2.

Note that there will be some situations in Rockstar’s game where you’re forced to play in one camera perspective. There’s a story mission really early on in the game, where Arthur gets blackout drunk, and for most of this sequence you’re stuck in the first person camera mode. Apart from instances like these, you’re free to switch back and forth between the first and third person perspectives.

Are There Any Advantages to Playing Red Dead Redemption 2 in First-Person?

We've played Red Dead Redemption 2 in first and third-person perspectives, and it's hard to pick a favourite. Aiming is solid in both modes, so the choice comes down to your field of view. When playing in third-person you get a larger view of the world around Arthur, although as the game isn't a corridor shooter this doesn't give much of a gameplay advantage.

How to Use Cinematic Camera in RDR2

There is another camera view in Red Dead Redemption 2 that isn't activated by scrolling through the options. The cinematic camera presents the action from a, well, cinematic view point, meaning it's not hugely playable but does look very nice. To activate the cinematic camera in RDR2 you simply have to hold down the camera button. You'll see black bars start to appear at the top and bottom of the screen, but keep holding until the button prompt disappears.

This might be the end of our guide on how to change up the camera in Red Dead Redemption 2, but there’s plenty more guides on the game here at USgamer. You can check out our guides on how to increase your stamina, or how to increase your health in Red Dead Redemption 2, if you need a bit of a boost in either area.

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  • Avatar for crunchb3rry #1 crunchb3rry 18 days ago
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  • Avatar for Karnej #2 Karnej 13 days ago
    I saw the bounties quest option before I got into the bar fight with javier but I didn't mess with it at the time. Now I can't seem to get it to happen at all. I've waited in town, done other things, slept. I'm not sure what to do exactly. Any suggestions?

    Edit: I didn't realize I was still on the debt collection mission for Strauss and it locked a few things including the bounty starting quest. I had just gotten distracted by the open world and didn't put those 2 things together till way later than I want to admit.Edited 2 weeks ago by Karnej
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  • Avatar for duster000 #3 duster000 11 days ago
    I cannot ask the ticket man in Rhodes about Midnight. Any suggestions?
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  • Avatar for nickhunt00 #4 nickhunt00 11 days ago
    How do you get the shotgun from the devil in the cave? He just stands there and tell your to leave then does nothing. I shot him and got his body down with tnt and he didn't have anything on him. SO how do you get the shotgun? Thanks.
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  • Avatar for shanezwicker25 #6 shanezwicker25 2 days ago
    It should be noted that if you access a hat from your house while wearing another hat that isn't stored on your horse via the wardrobe, the hat on your head vanishes and is gone. I went through the trouble of getting the hat off the head of the jailhouse guard then drowning myself so I could lose the guards and keep the hat. But then I looked up this guide so I could keep the hat and lost it via the horse thing... Not impressed..
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