How do Red Dead Online microtransactions work?

It's been six months since we were able to start exploring Red Dead Online, and the online world has continued to develop and expand during that time, especially with the recent exit from the beta phase. It's no surprise that after the immense success Rockstar had with microtransactions in GTA Online they would bring a similar model to Red Dead Online, so that players who want a head start on their journey can invest real cash to purchase useful virtual items in the game. Here is everything we know about the Red Dead Online microtransactions work.

Will there be Red Dead Online microtransactions?

Rockstar is going down the tried and tested route it followed with GTA 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 has 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 follows 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 instead you'll be purchasing 'Gold Bars' to top up your in-game dollars like a good ol' prospector, allowing you to unlock items you don't have the virtual dollars 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. 

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