by Kris Holt, Engadget
The long-awaited PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of Cyberpunk 2077 are out now. CD Projekt Red previously planned to release the new versions last year, but delayed them until early 2022. Those who own the game on PS4 and Xbox One will get a free upgrade to the respective current-gen version.
Players can expect faster loading, dynamic scaling and other visual and technical upgrades. The PS5 version takes advantage of the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback, built-in speaker and adaptive trigger functions, as well as activity cards and 3D audio.
There are performance and ray-tracing modes on PS5 and Xbox Series X. In performance mode, the game will run in 4K at 60 frames per second with expected rare, small framerate drops, with medium/half-res SSR (Screen Space Reflection) quality. With ray-tracing on, the framerate will drop to 30 fps with SSR quality at high/half-res. On Xbox Series S, the game will run in 1440p at 30fps.
The current-gen editions are arriving 14 months after Cyberpunk 2077‘s tumultuous debut. There were widespread reports of the game running poorly on PS4 and Xbox One, so much so that Sony yanked Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation Store. Both it and Microsoft offered refunds to any player who wanted one. The game stayed off of Sony’s digital storefront for six months — CDPR has rolled out a laundry list of bug fixes since Cyberpunk 2077‘s debut. Here’s hoping things go much more smoothly for PS5 and Series X/S players this time.
Along with the current-gen update, patch 1.5 includes updates for all platforms, including previous-gen consoles, PC and Stadia. The perk system has been overhauled Perk points will all be unassigned, so players can revamp their build based on the new skill trees.
Enemies are smarter and it’s easier for them to find cover. Crowds should be more responsive to aggressive actions you carry out — some bystanders might even attack you if they’re threatened — though it seems these changes won’t apply to PS4 or Xbox One. Driving should be better to, with better braking and suspension, and all bikes will have glowing wheel wells players can switch on. Completing missions will mean more cash in your pocket and cars won’t cost as much. There are new guns and attachments to check out as well (though I’m not sure they can beat running around Night City with a sword).
CDPR is adding more character customization options, including an increased range of makeup options. Also, players will at long last be able to change how their version of V looks mid-game. You’ll be able to rent apartments (or home bases) in other parts of the city and change the look of your living space too.
There’s much more going on in this patch, including tweaks to relationships, the loot system and economy; an option to walk slowly; and more poses for Johnny Silverhand. There’s a Spanish voiceover support in the Americas, but only on the current-gen consoles. CDPR is leaving some changes for players to discover by themselves.
The patch is around 50 GB on Xbox and PC. PS5 owners will need to download the new version of the game manually from the PlayStation Store, and they’ll be able to transfer one of their save files.
Newcomers will be able to check out a fairly meaty chunk of the game on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S without paying anything, as there’s a five-hour trial available. Your progress will carry over to the full game. Cyberpunk 2077 is currently 50 percent off on the Xbox store and GOG.