It looks like Red Dead Redemption 2 not having ray tracing is the least of the game’s problems. Many players are finding the game in a broken state, where it won’t even start when you boot it from Rockstar’s launcher. The worst part is, it seems like no one knows why.
For what it’s worth, Rockstar has already released a patch that should remedy issues related to its launcher. That said, TechRadar reports that some players have managed to get to the splash screen, only for the game to crash there.
Please ensure that you have the most up to date drivers when launching Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC
For help updating drivers, please see https://t.co/ODg3QRTvaz
— Rockstar Support (@RockstarSupport) November 5, 2019
Unsurprisingly, Rockstar suspects many of the issues are caused by outdated graphics drivers. But even with the latest drivers, the problems seem to persist. The game seems to have issues with inconsistent framerates too. And then there are other gripes that are very minor in comparison, such as not getting steady 60fps in 4K and Ultra settings.
All in all, it may not be a good idea to get Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC just yet. For what it’s worth, while it’s now available on Rockstar’s launcher and the Epic Games Store, it will only hit Steam in December. Hopefully most of the game’s kinks will have been ironed out by then.