How do Red Dead Online microtransactions work?

We've had our hands on Red Dead Redemption 2 for a few months now, and the game has gone from strength to strength. Red Dead Online is still in beta, but riding round with your friends in a posse has extended the longevity of the game considerably, even for those who have followed our Red Dead Redemption 2 100% completion guide. Rockstar saw immense success with GTA Online and it looks like they're bringing a similar model to Red Dead Online. Here is everything we know about the Red Dead Online microtransactions.

Will there be Red Dead Online microtransactions?

Rockstar is going down the tried and tested route it followed with Grand Theft Auto 5, so while there aren't any microtransactions tied to Red Dead Redemption 2 itself, there are Red Dead Online microtransactions. With the sustained success of microtransactions in GTA Online over a 5+ year period, you can bet your bottom (virtual) dollar that Red Dead Online will have a microtransaction system to provide you with a shortcut to better rewards.

How will Red Dead Online microtransactions work?

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Red Dead Online will seemingly follow a similar system to the GTA Online Shark Cards, which you use to buy virtual currency and get a better exchange rate the more real currency you spent at once. Obviously 'Shark Cards' are very much geared to GTA Online's modern marketplace, so perhaps we'll be purchasing 'Buffalo Cards' to top up our in-game dollars instead - or maybe even some more contemporary 'Buffalo Bills'. Sorry.

Well, actually Red Dead Online microtransactions will take the form of Gold Bars, and they're available now despite the mode still being in beta. You can buy Gold Bars to unlock items you don't have the cash for. 

What can I buy with Red Dead Online microtransactions?

You can use Red Dead Online microtransactions to buy items that are specifically cosmetic, such as a new hat or something to snazz up your camp, rather than anything that could give you an in-game edge. Weapons have to be purchased using in-game cash for example, rather than Gold Bars. 

Interestingly, you can earn Gold Bars in Red Dead Online too, without having to pay any real money for them, but according to Reddit users it'll take you around eight hours of play to earn yourself one, single, Gold Bar. So if you wanted to buy something special, like fast travel from your camp for example, which costs 112, you're looking at having to clock almost 900 hours to earn that amount. Or you can reach level 65 in Red Dead Online of course. 

Want some more help? Then check out our essential Red Dead Online tips to know before you play.