Any qualms about Rockstar Games holding out on PS4 Red Dead Redemption 2 content over the PS4 can be mostly forgiven, as they are mostly cosmetic items.
I understand why publishers like Sony and Microsoft strike up deals with publishers to market their games or get exclusive, timed access to game content. I don’t have to like it, but with the massive millions of dollars put into the production and marketing of games like Red Dead Redemption 2, it doesn’t hurt for Sony to bargain for exclusive content in order to incentivize people buy the game for the PS4.
We knew that there would be Red Dead Redemption 2 PS4 content exclusive to the platform for a limited time, but today on the PlayStation Blog, Sony detailed what those exclusives are. Thankfully, they’re not too egregious or compelling enough to feel like you’re getting ripped off by playing the Xbox One version of the game.
For 30 days, Red Dead Redemption 2 PS4 players will get exclusive access to cosmetic options available for both single-player and multiplayer experiences. This includes a Day 1 Grizzlies Outlaw Outfit for Arthur Morgan, giving him a long, wool coat and general leather materials, hat and a black handkerchief. That will be available for both online and offline modes, whenever they are available.
The rest are cosmetic items that will be available on the first day of the game’s online launch. This includes a Red Chestnut Arabian Horse, and an Alligator Skin Ranch Cutter Saddle used to ride it, offering a step up from the basic online settings. Additionally, players will have access to a High Roller Double-Action Revolver, adorned with etchings along the side and hilt with an Ace of Spade on the handle and a skull near the ammo chamber.
These look cool and all, but I’m certain there will be many options available for Red Dead Redemption 2 online gameplay that will personalize everyone’s online avatar. It should be too much to compel one console purchase over another, making it a fine tradeoff for Rockstar Games, Sony, and consumers.