Rockstar releases updated launcher to help smooth Red Dead Redemptions PC launch woes

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Yesterday finally saw the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC. The game uses Rockstar’s own launcher, and will only be released on Steam next month. Unfortunately for would-be PC cowboys, the game hasn’t had the smoothest of launches. The first, and biggest problem is that the Rockstar launcher had a horrible habit of crashing on startup, preventing the game from event starting.

Thankfully, Rockstar’s released an updated launcher that should fix that particular issue. Here’s what’s new and/or improved in the newer launcher:

  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the Rockstar Games Launcher returning the error “The Rockstar Games Launcher failed to initialize” on startup
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the Rockstar Games Launcher preload decryption getting stuck and not completing
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the Rockstar Games Launcher returning the error “The Rockstar Games Launcher exited unexpectedly” when launching Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in crashes when starting the Rockstar Games Launcher from the Epic Games Launcher
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the Rockstar Games Launcher returning the error “Unable to launch game, please verify your game data” when launching Red Dead Redemption 2 from the Epic Games Launcher

That said, some have reported that the new launcher hasn’t nixed their PC gaming woes. The other major problem that PC gamers have noticed is that despite having suitably beefy PCs, there are performance issues. Even those whose specs far exceed the recommended ones are finding their machines struggling with running in high or ultra settings – and many struggling to even run at medium.

There are also apparently stuttering problems, that seem to be related to multi-core balancing, so using something like Process Lasso or setting core affinity manually seems to help.

Those who’re running the game on Nvidia hardware have also found that switching from Vulkan to DirectX12 has also helped with random frame drops.

Last Updated: November 6, 2019

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