Rockstar Games' critically acclaimed cowboy adventure Red Dead Redemption will be available on PC and PS4 "soon" via streaming service PlayStation Now.
Ever since it was released back in 2010, PC gamers have called for Red Dead Redemption to be released on their platform. Initially released on PS3 and Xbox 360, it has since been revealed that the game on PC was never "seriously" considered by developer Rockstar Games, but that hasn't quietened PC gamers, nor has it silenced their petitions. Now, there is finally some good news for those who have waited so long, as Red Dead Redemption is coming to PC — via PlayStation Now, that is.
In a post on the PlayStation Blog, John Koller, the vice president of PlayStation brand marketing, announced that the original Red Dead Redemption will be made available on PlayStation Now "soon." With PlayStation Now now supporting PC, it means that Rockstar Games' critically acclaimed cowboy adventure will be available on both PC and PS4 through the streaming service. The obvious caveat is that unlike Red Dead Redemption on Xbox One via backward compatibility, PC and PS4 gamers have to pay a subscription fee for the privilege, but for many, this will still seem like a win.
This latest announcement is also incredibly timely given the growing backlash against Rockstar for not announcing Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC, either. The sequel, which is set to be an "epic" tale with a "brand new multiplayer experience" has only been confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One and not PC or even (recently revealed Nintendo console) the Nintendo Switch, as many had expected. A petition to bring the forthcoming sequel to PC has already been launched.
Although it's unclear where Rockstar stands on RDR2 on PC, the RDR PlayStation Now compatibility announcement is being seen as a step in the right direction. Perhaps Rockstar is dipping its toes in the water, testing the reaction from PC gamers to see just how well the first game is received before committing to anything. If PC gamers flock to PlayStation Now based on this announcement, then Rockstar could very well treat this as proof that Red Dead Redemption 2 PC needs to happen too.
Even before Red Dead Redemption was announced for PlayStation Now, optimistic PC gamers had suggested that Red Dead Redemption 2 would come to PC after the initial console launch. Rockstar has done that previously, with both Grand Theft Auto 4 and 5 so it's reasonable to think that even if it's not a simultaneous launch on all platforms, a release on PC could happen further down the line.
Red Dead Redemption is set to become available for PC and PS4 via PlayStation Now any day now.
Source: PlayStation Blog