Cyberpunk 2077 has been a game mired in controversy since its horrid release back in November of 2020. Most people who unfortunately decided to purchase the game on their PS4 or Xbox One were treated to a bug-laden game that was simply unplayable. Even with the updates that followed months after; frame rate drops, slow loading environments, and more caused Cyberpunk 2077 to be one of the worst releases in recent memory. The next-gen versions of the game also had plenty of issues as well. Droves of fans looked for refunds, and CD Projekt Red even pulled the game from the Playstation store to attempt to save face. However, in a rather shocking move, the next-gen update launched today for both the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and it’s completely free.
Tons of last-gen games have released next-gen versions of their games for free, and it’s good to see that developed CD Projekt Red followed suit with a free update for Cyberpunk 2077 on next-gen consoles. The massive 50 gigs “1.5” update comes packed with ray tracing support, 4K resolution with dynamic scaling, faster loading times, and a variety of other visual and technical improvements. Even the PS5 version adds adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, and even DualSense controller speaker support.
The massive update brings ray tracing and performance mode to both PS5 and Xbox Series X. Ray tracing mode will allow 30fps at 4K with local ray-traced shadows. Performance mode boasts 60fps at 4K resolution. The Xbox Series S will only have a performance mode offering 30 fps at 1440p. Both these updated modes will allow fans to see a new version of Cyberpunk 2077 that is sorely needed.
There have been several quality-of-life improvements that have also been added to this new Cyberpunk 2077 update. These include reworked skill trees, updated NPCs that help with combat, “GTA-like” NPC behavior, a reworked monetary system that allows players to earn more from missions, and the ability to purchase much less expensive cars, and all motorcycles will have glowing wheel functions. New weaponry and attachments have also been added to the free DLC, as well as, “a few secrets in Night City for players to discover”, according to CD Projekt Red.
There will also be an additional five-hour trial mode that is free to both PS5 and Xbox Series X/S players. That trial will carry over progress to the main game if players decide they want to purchase the full game. Cyberpunk 2077 is currently on sale via the Playstation store for $25, and $30 on the Xbox store. Sounds like CD Projkct Red is pulling out all the stops to bring current-gen players back into the fold and allowing players that might have hastily asked for a refund.
Cyberpunk 2077 might have had one of the worst launches in gaming history, but it sounds as if CDPR is attempting to rectify their mistakes, so fans will stand by their side for their upcoming projects, which will contain a next-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.