Loading
Why PS4 and Xbox One Owners Might Want to Wait Until Next Year to Play Cyberpunk 2077
Posted by Paolo Arciga December 18, 2020

Just a few days before Cyberpunk 2077 was released last December 10, I joined the bandwagon of over 8 million pre-orders so that I too could play the most anticipated game of the past few years on day one. Though I’m generally a cautious purchaser when it comes to games (only purchasing on day one if it’s a game or series I really like), I bought in on the Cyberpunk 2077 hype because I loved CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3, and I’m a huge fan of Shadowrun games. It was a justified day-one purchase in my mind.

 

As a lowly PS4 Slim owner, was I worried that the game would run infinitely better on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and high-end PC rigs? Not really, because even though I expected the PS4 experience to be inferior, I was confident that its quality wouldn’t be lacking. After all, triple-A games released this year like The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima looked great on my PS4. It shouldn’t have a problem running its generation’s last big-budget game.

 

 

When I started playing Cyberpunk 2077, it all seemed like smooth sailing until the first action sequence where protagonist V starts shooting at pursuers from the passenger seat of a fast-moving car. There were frame drops and some dizzying motion blur, but I figured it might get better when I got to Night City. It did not. 

 

I encountered NPCs whose textures loaded up a little too slow, more frame drops when I drove my car a little too fast, and even more frame drops when I engaged in melee combat. On top of it all, Night City didn’t look as pretty or as high definition as I expected, and I later found out that it was because the game was running capped at 720p on my PS4. 

 

I knew that I wouldn’t be getting the absolute best Cyberpunk 2077 experience playing the game on what is now a last-gen console, but as a games writer, I found merit in the fact that I’d be playing it through probably the most common means. Not everyone has a souped-up gaming PC, and the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S are still hard to come by. Playing the game on a PS4 Slim puts me on the same ground as most of Cyberpunk 2077’s players who are playing it on PS4 and Xbox One.

 

 

It’s exactly the fact that a large percentage of Cyberpunk’s player base are last-gen console players that makes it so strange that the game isn’t well-optimized for these consoles. CD Projekt Red have since owned up to this in a statement last December 14. TL;DR – They acknowledged the buggy and visually lacking performance of the game on PS4 and Xbox One consoles, and promised two large patches to improve performance on these consoles, to be released in January and February of next year. For players not willing to wait, they promised easier refund processes and assistance in refunding until December 21, 2020.

 

Whether you’ve already bought the game or you’re still just planning to get it, it might be a good idea to wait until at least the first of the two large improvement patches are released next year before you start actually playing. 

 

 

 

Despite my various gripes about the game as it is now, the few hours I’ve spent playing it on my PS4 revealed a great game that just isn’t in its final form yet. It’s a case of many complicated and well-made parts being poorly put together, where inspecting these parts individually reveal that CD Projekt Red had put a lot of thought into making this game.

 

The reason I recommend waiting until the game is patched before playing, is not because it’s “unplayable” right now (the recent 1.04 patch made the PS4 and Xbox One experience significantly smoother and more “playable”). It’s because playing the game on PS4 or Xbox One as it is now would be a waste. You can only play a game for the first time once, and Cyberpunk 2077 holds all the promise of an amazing game that’s just yet to be optimized and finalized. We’ve waited 8 years for the game, what’s one or two months more?

 


 

How do you feel about Cyberpunk 2077’s release? Do you plan to wait before playing it, or are you considering getting a refund? Share your thoughts with us in the comments! And for more news on the latest releases, be sure to stay tuned to our website and Facebook page.

Now Reading: Why PS4 and Xbox One Owners Might Want to Wait Until Next Year to Play Cyberpunk 2077
You might like these...
The Content Creator’s Dream Machine: Asus Strix Scar 17 Review
Long live the king
The Comedy of Eri Neeman: How PH’s Boy Back Up put up a show that entertained international esports
With his own brand of comedy, events host Eri Neeman put up a show that the whole Dota community will never forget.
More from GG Network
Fifine K683B, A Reliable Midrange Microphone for Streamers—Review
The Fifine K683B is a bang-for-the-buck cardioid USB condenser microphone that ticks most boxes that streamers would possibly need. The plug-and-play nature of the microphone grants it the flexibility to record on different platforms, whether it’s your gaming PC or your smartphone (with USB-C). If you’re willing to look over the very minor build quality …
Shadowlands: Chains of Domination—World of Warcraft Latest Update is Now Live!
Patch 9.1 is here with a new zone!
Three Months Later—Is the OPPO A94 a Worthy Midranger?
It’s been three months since the A94 entered the market. Can it still go toe-to-toe with other midrangers?
5 New Anime Worth Checking Out This Summer 2021 Season
From dark comedy to surrealist sci-fi, here are our picks for anime to watch out for this Summer 2021. 
Rurouni Kenshin: The Final Brings the Jinchuu Arc in Explosive Fashion
If you haven’t seen the Rurouni Kenshin movies on Netflix, then it’s high time you do.
ROG Announces New Zephyrus and TUF Gaming Line-ups with Intel 11th Gen CPUs
Bring your workflow and gaming experience to the next level with ROG’s new laptops.
Latest
NBA 2K22 Now Available in the Philippines
Happy 2K Day!
Grammy award-winning producer Zedd collaborate with Valorant on SPECTRUM skin line
SPECTRUM is Valorant’s first audio-driven skin line
MPL-PH and Lawson Team Up—MPL Team Cups, In-Game Items
Show your team pride with this MPL-PH x Lawson collaboration!
New Rainbow Six Extraction Trailer Details 18 Operators, Gameplay, Progression, and more
Rainbow Six Extraction will include cross-play and cross-progression!
Rainbow Six Siege Unveils New Season: Crystal Guard
The new season welcomes Croatian Operator Osa, minor map reworks, and Leon Kennedy.