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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

35 Comments

  1. Charles Van der Merwe

    November 7, 2019 at 01:53

    Hmm. Didn’t have any launcher issues. Did have some frame rate issues, but not that many. It’s still an awesome, jaw dropping beautiful piece of art.

    Reply

  2. Kromas

    November 7, 2019 at 01:54

    I plum forgot that the game is coming to PC. Outer Worlds is just a more gripping game I guess.

    Reply

  3. G8crasha

    November 7, 2019 at 01:54

    I guess it is to be expected, but there was always the possibility that the issues would have been far fewer if they had chosen to release the game on Steam at the same time rather than delayed. I’m sure most would have preferred to buy it through Steam, so at least one of their issues would have been eliminated.

    Reply

  4. Admiral Chief

    November 7, 2019 at 01:54

    Don’t people learn? Masehare, the amount of companies that actually DOES QC is very few, and very far in between

    Reply

  5. Hammersteyn

    November 6, 2019 at 12:30

    • Hammersteyn

      November 6, 2019 at 13:14

      Oooooooooooooooooooh I finally got a downvote

      Reply

      • Jacques Van Zyl

        November 7, 2019 at 04:08

        Gonna give you another for your blasphemy. Everybody knows PC is far superior XD.

        Man, I’m just happy PC players get to enjoy this. I’m not buying a second copy for pc, but it was a great game at the time. More platforms, more choice and more games for everyone is the future I’d like to see.

        Reply

      • Jacques Van Zyl

        November 7, 2019 at 04:08

        Gonna give you another for your blasphemy. Everybody knows PC is far superior XD.

        Man, I’m just happy PC players get to enjoy this. I’m not buying a second copy for pc, but it was a great game at the time. More platforms, more choice and more games for everyone is the future I’d like to see.

        Reply

      • Jacques Van Zyl

        November 7, 2019 at 04:08

        Gonna give you another for your blasphemy. Everybody knows PC is far superior XD.

        Man, I’m just happy PC players get to enjoy this. I’m not buying a second copy for pc, but it was a great game at the time. More platforms, more choice and more games for everyone is the future I’d like to see.

        Reply

  6. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 6, 2019 at 12:32

    “Rockstar quality”

    Reply

  7. Charles Van der Merwe

    November 7, 2019 at 01:53

    Hmm. Didn’t have any launcher issues. Did have some frame rate issues, but not that many. It’s still an awesome, jaw dropping beautiful piece of art.

    Reply

    • geel slang

      November 7, 2019 at 02:33

      For me It did crash twice last night while playing but the level of detail is beyond anything I have ever seen. Im pretty sure these crashes will be fixed soon. And about the framerate, just slide the details slider untill you have 60fps.The NVidia recommended settings throws me into the 50s (put everything on Ultra?) and ja, thats not what you want. Game still looks amazing!

      Reply

    • geel slang

      November 7, 2019 at 02:33

      For me It did crash twice last night while playing but the level of detail is beyond anything I have ever seen. Im pretty sure these crashes will be fixed soon. And about the framerate, just slide the details slider untill you have 60fps.The NVidia recommended settings throws me into the 50s (put everything on Ultra?) and ja, thats not what you want. Game still looks amazing!

      Reply

    • geel slang

      November 7, 2019 at 02:33

      For me It did crash twice last night while playing but the level of detail is beyond anything I have ever seen. Im pretty sure these crashes will be fixed soon. And about the framerate, just slide the details slider untill you have 60fps.The NVidia recommended settings throws me into the 50s (put everything on Ultra?) and ja, thats not what you want. Game still looks amazing!

      Reply

    • geel slang

      November 7, 2019 at 02:33

      For me It did crash twice last night while playing but the level of detail is beyond anything I have ever seen. Im pretty sure these crashes will be fixed soon. And about the framerate, just slide the details slider untill you have 60fps.The NVidia recommended settings throws me into the 50s (put everything on Ultra?) and ja, thats not what you want. Game still looks amazing!

      Reply

  8. Kromas

    November 7, 2019 at 01:54

    I plum forgot that the game is coming to PC. Outer Worlds is just a more gripping game I guess.

    Reply

  9. G8crasha

    November 7, 2019 at 01:54

    I guess it is to be expected, but there was always the possibility that the issues would have been far fewer if they had chosen to release the game on Steam at the same time rather than delayed. I’m sure most would have preferred to buy it through Steam, so at least one of their issues would have been eliminated.

    Reply

  10. Admiral Chief

    November 7, 2019 at 01:54

    Don’t people learn? Masehare, the amount of companies that actually DOES QC is very few, and very far in between

    Reply

    • Kromas

      November 7, 2019 at 01:54

      Firstly it is QA because software. Secondly they do in fact do “QC” they have an extended range of “QC” testers called super fans who pre-ordered.

      Reply

    • Kromas

      November 7, 2019 at 01:54

      Firstly it is QA because software. Secondly they do in fact do “QC” they have an extended range of “QC” testers called super fans who pre-ordered.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        November 7, 2019 at 09:50

        But the software is already “out” hence why I said QC since they need testers (super fans, muppets, etc) to actually test this. So they either didn’t do this, or did it, and didn’t even consider or listen to the feedback.

        In all cases, fail

        Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        November 7, 2019 at 09:50

        But the software is already “out” hence why I said QC since they need testers (super fans, muppets, etc) to actually test this. So they either didn’t do this, or did it, and didn’t even consider or listen to the feedback.

        In all cases, fail

        Reply

        • Kromas

          November 7, 2019 at 09:51

          Ah who cares … everyone is too busy playing Outer Worlds. Also that game has very little bugs. To be fair though the Unreal Engine is the smoothest bug-less engine out there.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief

            November 7, 2019 at 11:53

            I’m playing the Old Blood at the moment, with the odd Subnautica

          • Admiral Chief

            November 7, 2019 at 11:53

            I’m playing the Old Blood at the moment, with the odd Subnautica

          • Pariah

            November 7, 2019 at 18:50

            “Everyone” must mean something very different in your eyes.

          • Kromas

            November 7, 2019 at 21:13

            Everyone I know. Someone missed their morning coffee.

          • Pariah

            November 8, 2019 at 06:14

            Everyone you know isn’t everyone. And way to assume again with the snarky reply. I forget who you are, sometimes. My apologies.

          • Pariah

            November 8, 2019 at 06:14

            Everyone you know isn’t everyone. And way to assume again with the snarky reply. I forget who you are, sometimes. My apologies.

          • Pariah

            November 8, 2019 at 06:14

            Everyone you know isn’t everyone. And way to assume again with the snarky reply. I forget who you are, sometimes. My apologies.

          • Admiral Chief

            November 7, 2019 at 11:53

            I’m playing the Old Blood at the moment, with the odd Subnautica

  11. geel slang

    November 7, 2019 at 19:35

    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.

    Whatever you do, do not do this! Broke the game for me, could not even boot it. I had to delete the settings.xml file to create a new one and defaulting back to vulkan. No problems after that.

    Reply

  12. geel slang

    November 7, 2019 at 19:34

    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.

    Whatever you do, do not do this! Broke the game for me, could not even boot it. I had to delete the settings.xml file to create a new one and defaulting back to vulkan. No problems after that.

    Reply

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