Cyberpunk 2077’s launch was controversial, but the game is still coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X this year.
You may be staring at this title with an expression of confusion, saying, “Cyberpunk 2077 is already on next-gen consoles.” While many people do enjoy the game on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, it’s still the last-gen version.
Those playing Cyberpunk 2077 on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S, be it a physical copy or a digital one, are playing the PS4 and Xbox One version. A ‘natively next-gen’ version is yet to arrive on consoles.
The new consoles run the game reasonably well by all accounts, compared to the disaster on the last-gen. It seems to us that Cyberpunk 2077 was always a next-gen game and was only released on the older hardware to sell more copies.
In truth, Cyberpunk 2077 was always a PS4 and Xbox One game, but as the developers have admitted, it needed more time to be optimized.
We’ve already pondered what it could take to make Cyberpunk 2077 a successful game. We still believe that it could be. After all, there’s a fantastic game behind all the bugs and performance glitches.
A next-gen version could be exactly what Cyberpunk needs. However, those who own the game on PS4 or Xbox One will just need to wait for more patches.
When Will Cyberpunk 2077 Release on PS5 and Xbox Series X?
The updated version of Cyberpunk 2077 will arrive during the “second half of 2021”. This is according to CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwiński, who confirmed the news on a video earlier today.
He also took the time to apologize to fans for the state of Cyberpunk 2077’s first launch. He then stated that those who own a copy of Cyberpunk 2077 on PS4 or Xbox One will be entitled to a free upgrade if they own a next-gen console.
This means if you’re the proud owner of a PS5 or an Xbox Series X and you have a copy of Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be able to download the updated version for free.
Iwiński also provided some insight into what went wrong with Cyberpunk 2077. Blaming the problems on the titles ‘in-game streaming system’.
This does sound plausible, considering the issues were mostly on hardware that were unable to adequately ‘feed’ this system. He did continue to take responsibility though, which was admirable considering the multiple lawsuits CD Projekt Red could face.
Let’s hope the PS5, Xbox Series X version is a much more polished experience. But if the developers say they need to delay it, and they might, we’d advise fans to give them the time to do so.
We’ve all seen what happens when developers rush games due to fan impatience.
The Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer has also possibly leaked ahead of time – here are the details. Finally, a new update for the current version may also arrive soon.