Microsoft's been putting a whole lot of effort into the Xbox One and Xbox One X's capabilities as a retro game machine. For all people mock the poor beast for its seeming lack of must-have exclusives, the Xbox One X is currently the ideal way to replay games from previous generations going back to the original Xbox. For instance, want to get caught up on Rockstar's classic Red Dead Redemption before Red Dead Redemption 2 arrives in October? Replaying it on the Xbox One X is probably your best option.
Our good friends at Digital Foundry have a thorough video outlining how Red Dead Redemption performs in the wake of its brand-new 4K re-release on the Xbox One X. The answer? Extremely well. Though Red Dead Redemption doesn't step out of its locked 30 FPS or enjoy increased draw distance on Microsoft's enhanced console, background elements that look blurred on the Xbox 360 are now much clearer. The stars shine brighter, the foliage looks crisper, and sunbeams are more intense.
"[T]he core assets are the same, but our comparison gallery shows that art presented at oblique angles goes from a blurry smudge on Xbox 360 to crisp and sharp on Xbox One X," writes Digital Foundry's Thomas Morgan. "It simply wouldn't have looked as good otherwise; the original 360 version ran with a restrictive mip-map sampling range—a point that sticks out even at its original 720p."
Morgan also points out Red Dead Redemption for the Xbox One X is as close as we'll get to "an enhanced PC version" of the game, which never received any kind of a PC release. In a perfect world, we'd have the option of a Steam Red Dead release outfitted with increased draw distance and models that move at a consistent, buttery 60 FPS. Sadly, we don't live in a perfect world, partner. The Xbox One X re-release of Red Dead is all we get, but it's still a good hoss.
Now that you're feeling nostalgic for the Old West, you can look back at our tips, cheats, and guides for Red Dead Redemption. If you're the type who's more about looking towards the future, check out everything we know about Red Dead Redemption 2.