Cyberpunk 2077 is finally back for sale at the PS Store after a little over six months of absence. But as far as performance on Sony’s consoles goes, things still aren’t hunky-dory as one would have expected them to be. Even though the game seems to be running at a steady 30 FPS, fans are complaining that the world has been stripped down.
In preparation for its return to Sony’s digital store, CDPR dropped Patch 1.23 for Cyberpunk. But despite the deployment of what was a significant patch, the game relaunched on the PS Store with a warning from PlayStation: avoid playing on the PS4, play on the PS4 Pro or PS5 instead.
The need for this warning is becoming more and more evident by the hour. A video by YouTuber ElAnalistaDeBits demonstrates how Cyberpunk’s performance has improved from when it launched last year and over patches. But Night City, the game’s hyper futuristic city, is now alarmingly barren.
CDPR has boosted performance but has taken many of the city’s pedestrians, cars, and other environmental details as the cost. This significantly brings down Night City’s “personality” and goes against CDPR’s promise of Cyberpunk 2077 being set in a realistic and interactive open world.
Furthermore, the game is also suffering from annoying pop-ups, as spotted by Gautoz on Twitter.
The new-gen consoles haven’t been spared of problems either: players on PS4 Pro and PS5 are also complaining of pop-ins and weird rapturing of NPCs while driving.
Comments regarding the game feeling worse than before on PS4 Pro are already starting to populate Reddit. The fact the game is behaving this way on a console that Sony recommends you play on does not bode well for CDPR.
Guess the only thing to do now is to heed Sony’s warnings and stick to playing Cyberpunk 2077 on new-gen consoles. If you have a base PS4, wait it out till a couple more of the planned updates arrive.
All these hiccups give rise to many questions, with two right at the front of the line: Why release a game that so evidently needed a lot more time to develop? Why sell a game for a platform it runs so poorly on?
It’s doubtful we will get any concrete answers to these questions, but it feels good to know that we will at least get to upgrade Cyberpunk 2077’s PS4 version to PS5 at no extra cost.
About Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 is an action-adventure RPG developed and published by CD Projekt Red.
The game is set in Night City, a seemingly utopian megalopolis where anything and everything is possible, on the surface, that is. We play as V, a mercenary that is after an implant that serves as the key to immortality. The humongous game world offers a lot of pathways, choices, allies, and enemies. The best part; every single choice and action of yours will forge the story around you!
Cyberpunk 2077 released on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia on December 10th, with a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X release set for 2021!