Red Dead Redemption removed from all PlayStation Stores

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The protagonist of Red Dead Redemption aims a revolver.

Image: Rockstar / Kotaku

If you’ve delayed building a digital library of games, the original Red Dead Redemption is here to remind you that you might not be missing anything after all. Rockstar’s 2010 open-world western has just been pulled from PS Now/Plus after six years. And as the industry moves to include more subscription and streaming services, that’s unlikely to improve.

As first spotted by the Twitter account @videotech_the original Red Dead Redemption evaporated from Sony’s PlayStation streaming titles on PS Plus. First included in 2016 as part of the old PS Now service, red death is notable for never receiving a remaster, despite the celebration it earned and its zombified expansion. Sony’s streaming service remained the only way to play the game on PlayStation consoles after the PS3. Players will now need to search for a disc for a compatible Xbox console or dive into emulation waters to enjoy John Marston’s first story.

Reading the original Red Dead Redemption via backwards compatibility on Xbox is perhaps the most direct and best way to play today. The game received an improved update on Microsoft’s console a few years ago, upping the resolution to 4K on Xbox Series X and 1440p on Series S. That said, hopefully you have access to a good physical copy if you don’t want the digital version, which is still only available in the Xbox storefront (who could blame you at this point?). With an initial release date of 2010, scratches might be the least of your worries given the susceptibility of aging DVDs to disc rot.

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For those who want to roll up their sleeves with a completely legal copy of the game, RPCS3 provides a path to emulate the PC experience. For everyone else, it’s a reminder that sometimes hanging on to the games you love is worth it. While we’d like to hope that these digital services we pay for every month will keep these games accessible, we’re reminded today that such hopes can be dashed very quickly.

It’s almost as if these services are more about continued profit streams than legacy preservation. Hmm.

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