Cyberpunk 2077 is here at long last, but the game is near unplayable on PS4 and Xbox One.
After almost a decade of development time, Cyberpunk 2077 is releasing to mixed reception. Some are praising the game for its world-building, story, and graphics, but others complain that the heavily-anticipated title failed to live up to expectations.
In fact, Cyberpunk 2077's launch may be one of the most controversial releases in years. Even those on high-end PCs with the latest hardware are struggling to run the game, and the futuristic world is plagued by bugs regardless of platform.
But the biggest issue that Cyberpunk 2077 fans are experiencing is the complete lack of a successful console port. Thousands of fans are picking up their PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game, only to be met with an unplayable mess.
Cyberpunk 2077 Has Poor Performance on PS4 and Xbox One
According to early reports, the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Cyberpunk 2077 are near enough unplayable. Users are reporting blurry graphics, low frame rates, and immersion-breaking pop-in.
Those on the base versions of the 2013 consoles were never expecting to get the best-running game in the world. However, they were also anticipating that CD Projekt's claim that Cyberpunk 2077 runs "surprisingly well" on PS4 and Xbox One wasn't an outright lie.
The 7-year-old hardware is reaching the end of its lifecycle, but it's still capable of running recent games without issue. Ghost of Tsushima and Red Dead Redemption 2 are just two notable titles that run without issue on the old tech.
Yet Cyberpunk 2077 is practically unplayable. Of course, the busy nature of Night City is likely harder to handle than the above games' open plains, but there is no comparison on performance.
In a recent post to the Cyberpunk 2077 subreddit, Reddit user dataDyne_Security demands an explanation from the developers:
"We bought your product because we trusted you when you said that the game would run "surprisingly well" for us, and we've seen the exact opposite of that," the user states. "You owe us an explanation, and we would really like to know what you plan to do for those of us that haven't upgraded consoles that expected you to deliver on your promise."
Some console users are reporting that the Night City population is drastically lower on original last-gen consoles. However, even this reduction of strain on the port isn't able to get the game to a playable state.
Did CD Projekt Lie About Cyberpunk 2077?
What's more, Cyberpunk 2077's review copies were entirely for PC versions of the game. CD Projekt refused to showcase any PS4 or Xbox One gameplay of the title in the build-up to launch.
Looking back, this should have been a red flag for those yet to pick up a new console. Of course, Cyberpunk's PC and next-gen console performance is better than that of the older hardware.
The most recent controversial Cyberpunk 2077 delay was even supposed to ensure decent performance on PS4 and Xbox One. We can't imagine what the game would have looked like, had it originally shipped on one of its pre-delay release dates.
And when the game went Gold in early October, the developer had to know that Cyberpunk was an unplayable mess. Right now, fans are feeling deceived, and many are likely refunding their new purchases.
The developer even assured users that there was a Day One patch coming to fix Cyberpunk 2077's broken launch state. Some users who got the game early actually put it one side, waiting for the update.
But whatever the patch actually did fix, it wasn't enough. Cyberpunk 2077 is even known to cause epileptic fits, showing a complete lack of care on the developer's part.
Of course, CD Projekt is probably working hard to fix these issues. One day we may even look back at Cyberpunk 2077's launch period as the rocky start which soon led to a perfectly-optimized title.
But for many gamers, getting a free next-gen Cyberpunk upgrade may be the best way to play the game.
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