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Cyberpunk 2077’s Update to Return to Consoles

CD Projekt Red’s, Cyberpunk 2077 might finally be complete. A massive update rolls out today aiming to fix many of the issues that the game was critiqued as well as its release on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, CDPR said in a glacial, minutiae-packed livestream on its Twitch channel today.

The stream opened up with Cyberpunk 2077 running on a PS5, with what seemed to be 60 frames per second. It then quickly pivoted to showcasing how the shooter then ran on Xbox Series S, still a stable, high frame rate, and still pretty, but not as sharp resolution.

Additionally, there’s a free, five-hour, one-month trial for the game available on next-gen consoles starting today, replete with save-file transfers into the full version for those players who are won over by their time in the game.

The next-gen update comes alongside Cyberpunk 2077’s ballyhooed patch 1.5, which clocks in at a whopping 50 GB and, among other things, features a rework perk system: Some skills are getting enhanced while others are getting removed entirely. For those that are hopping back onto an old save file, you’ll find that all of your perk points are unassigned.

It’ll also introduce a rebalanced combat system, where enemies properly seek cover, react more intelligently and are overall more “clever”, CDPR said, noting that it’s hard to show off examples in a live stream, but that’s just something you’ll have to try for yourself. Additionally, driving, one of the things that players can’t possibly play the game without doing, has also been improved. On stream, CDPR showed the player character doing smooth donuts in a sports car at an intersection without shaking out into oblivion.

Finally, the world itself has been significantly improved, with changes implemented to make it feel more alive. Crowds will realistically react to player actions and won’t despawn any longer when out of view, and the city itself looks lively in a way that it was simply devoid of in the game’s launch state. More quality-of-life improvements and optimisations were made to make the player experience less jarring such as being able to change your appearance at your apartment’s mirror, a UI addition that shows you how many quests you’ve completed from certain quest-givers and much more.

In other words, it seems Cyperpunk 2077 might finally be the game everyone was hoping it to be. Though this remains to be seen until the update hits the live copies for players.


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