Cyberpunk 2077 is pulling in rave reviews from critics, but how well does the game run each platform? Let’s compare the PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S versions of the game.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be aware that Cyberpunk 2077 releases at midnight! That’s just a matter of hours away, so it’s time to get excited.
Images and gameplay videos are starting to appear online already. But how does the game compare between each platform?
First of all, let’s address one simple fact: Cyberpunk 2077 is a last-gen game. One which has been designed and released on PS4 and Xbox One instead of PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
This instantly gives the PC version of the game an advantage. The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of Cyberpunk 2077 don’t come out until sometime next year.
But the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the games shouldn’t be counted out yet, especially if the new hardware upscales them.
Here's the game running on a high-end PC:
Comparing Cyberpunk 2077 On PS5 and Xbox Series X Against the PC Version
Cyberpunk 2077 seems to offer performance modes on the Xbox Series X, but these options haven’t been shown off yet on the PS5 - they may not even exist. Of course, this is when playing a copy of the PS4 and Xbox One version on the newer hardware.
If the PS4 version omits any performance options on PS5, then this will be a little disappointing. It may encourage some fans to wait until the full PS5, and Xbox Series X/S versions come along next year.
While it’s hard to tell exactly how well the game measures up to the PC version until release, the console editions seem to do a stellar job on both PS5 and Xbox Series X.
The game doesn't look to shabby on PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One and Xbox One X either.
The PS4 version, when played on a PS5 seems to render in a steady 60fps – which is excellent news. But on PC, the game just seems to run far higher than this.
Check out the game running on PS5 below:
We tried to test this out for ourselves, but the Cyberpunk pre-load trolling screen is still there!
What’s Our Verdict on How Cyberpunk 2077 Runs on PS5 and Xbox Series X?
It’s clear to us that a high-end PC running Cyberpunk 2077 on fully optimized settings takes the first prize. But it was always going to from a visual point of view.
There’s more going on in the background, and the game's lighting effects are close to perfect. While these features lag behind slightly on PS5 and Xbox Series X.
But if we’re being honest, not by much. While we’re still waiting on confirmation of what upscaling modes will be available on Xbox Series X. Microsoft’s new powerhouse seems to be the next best place to play Cyberpunk 2077 – when it comes to visual fidelity anyway.
Check out the game running on an Xbox Series X below:
Until tomorrow, we’re unsure what improvements the PS5 will offer when playing the PS4 version of the game. Aside from the expected performance boost all PS4 games benefit from on PS5.
Sony may surprise us and have something up their sleeves. But always keep in mind that Cyberpunk on console is still a PS4/Xbox one game; the next-gen version isn’t out until 2021.
However, even when it is, unless it offers a stable 120fps throughout, it’s still going to be slightly behind the current PC edition in terms of graphical prowess. Don’t forget though, Cyberpunk 2077 patches will also make a difference to the game's looks in time.
But when a game looks this good even on a vanilla PS4 or Xbox One, we ask ourselves, who cares? It’s clear that Cyberpunk 2077 is about the experience – but an experience in 4K with a rapid refresh rate is always preferred.