Red Dead Redemption 2 is best on Xbox One X, with the game running on the Microsoft console bettering the visuals of the PS4 Pro version in numerous ways. While the Xbox One X is by far the most powerful console on the market, a marketing deal between PlayStation and Rockstar had some thinking the differences wouldn't be all that noticeable.
A detailed analysis by Digital Foundry of the four versions of Red Dead Redemption 2 (Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, and PS4) has revealed that there are considerable differences in the visuals on offer with each console. Leading the pack is the Xbox One X, then comes the PS4 Pro, then the standard PS4 and finally the Xbox One. While the Xbox One X comes out significantly on top, the Xbox One version is by far the worst version of Rockstar's epic Western.
According to Digital Foundry the Red Dead Redemption 2 on Xbox One X "runs at native 4K," and offers "the smoothest performance." The PS4 Pro renders Red Dead 2 at a resolution of 1920x2160 and uses a reconstruction technique to take that up to 4K, the PS4 hits 1080p, but the Xbox One only manages a fairly disappointing 864p. Frame rate is also very important, and the order of quality is more or less the same, but with the Xbox One actually offering a slightly smoother experience than the PS4. Given the higher resolution of the Xbox One X version of Red Dead Redemption 2, the better frame rate is a surprise and a nice bonus for owners of that console.
The full comparison by Digital Foundry goes into plenty more detail. You can watch the video comparison just below, which highlights the differences quite clearly.
Red Dead Redemption 2 releases on October 26 and has been praised by most critics. You can read why the game is so good in our Red Dead Redemption 2 review. Elsewhere on USgamer you can read about the music that defined the final act of Red Dead Redemption.