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The Answer To The Question ‘Should I Play Cyberpunk 2077 Yet?’

Cyberpunk 2077 continues to be updated with patches and hotfixes which have been consistently showing up every few weeks since launch four months ago. And every time that happens, I hear the same question from people.

“Should I play it yet?”

The answer…depends. Namely on your platform, so I’ll go through different scenarios one by one here, as the recommendation varies.

PS4/Xbox One Base – These two, Xbox One in particular, are the worst-performing versions of the game, which is no surprise. The patches over the last few months have improved things like stability (crashes) and framerate to a certain extent, but it’s clear at this point that Cyberpunk 2077 is probably never going to run “well” on these oldest of consoles, so you may want to wait until you make the generational transition so your first experience with the game isn’t tainted by these issues to the same extent.

PS4 Pro/Xbox One X – Here we have the middleground case where patches have probably improved this version of the game the most (it’s also the version that is running on PS5/Xbox Series X). It is certainly still far from the “ideal” place to run the game, but it may be passable enough for some.

PS5/Xbox Series X/S – As I said above, currently the new-gen consoles are running the Pro/One X versions of the game, respectively. CDPR maintains that they will release a true next-gen version of the game for the new systems during the second half of 2020. So if you have waited four months already to play the game, you might as well wait another 4-6 months for that version of the game to come out which will hopefully be a dramatic improvement to the current last-gen version and more in line with PC. For what it’s worth I ran the One X version of the game on Series X and ultimately, I enjoyed it more than I didn’t, and that was before the last four months of improvements.

PC – Obviously this depends on your specs. If you have a terrible PC you will run into a bunch of performance issues. But a medium to high end computer is the best place to play this game overall. On the very high end, a machine that can handle the game’s ray-tracing will make in a genuinely beautiful experience and something totally transformed from the console versions of the game. But if you have a PC that good, you probably already made up your mind about Cyberpunk months ago and wouldn’t be consulting this article.

As you can see, it’s a complicated situation. In the end, clearly Cyberpunk was a game designed to run on high-end PCs with little consideration given for consoles, especially the oldest ones from last-gen. It will likely never run truly well there, and the “correct” answer for most console owners may be to wait until you can make the transition to next-gen, if you haven’t yet, or if you have, to wait for the next-gen version of the game which should be out this year.

And of course, Sony has made up your mind for you, still refusing the put Cyberpunk 2077 in the PlayStation Store, so if you want to get it there, you’d have to buy a physical copy. Forgot about that little bit of drama.

Not an ideal situation all around, but this is where we’re at after 4+ months.

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