Now and then, a game comes along that almost has the entire gaming community rooting for it, only to fall short – and that is exactly how Cyberpunk 2077 has felt so far. Despite the game’s disastrous launch, CD Projekt Red is committed to bringing it up to a level of quality that will satisfy both the player and the studio – which will take months upon months of additional development.
The studio has been working hard on Cyberpunk 2077 updates for all platforms, including last-gen consoles and Stadia. The biggest blow to Cyberpunk 2077 came not from critics or gamers, but from Sony, who removed it from the PlayStation Store for various quality control reasons.
Now that the game has been re-released, it appears to have re-established itself as the most popular PS4 game in June.
Is Cyberpunk 2077 worth playing on the PS4 right now?
PlayStation just released their most popular games for June on both the PS5 and PS4. The latter was dominated by CDPR’s open-world RPG, which is, to put it mildly, intriguing. Since Cyberpunk 2077 resurfaced on the PlayStation Store near the end of the month, which is quite remarkable considering the game only had a fraction of the month to rack up sales.
When the game was re-released, Sony stated that it was not yet ready for last-gen consoles (PS4) and that it should only be played on the PS5 or PS4 Pro. Despite this, Cyberpunk 2077 appears to be in high demand on last-gen consoles, and one can only hope that the majority of them are being played on a PS4 Pro.
So, how does it run on a standard PS4 right now? Compared to how it was at launch, the game is far better on a standard PS4, with fewer crashes and slightly improved reflections. However, playing the game on a standard PlayStation 4 is not recommended, primarily because the game is still quite “janky.”
How does the gameplay now that Patch 1.23 has been applied?
We’ve now had a couple of new patches for the game, the most recent of which is 1.2, which contains a slew of bug fixes as well as major quest-related fixes. It was undoubtedly the most significant update to the game since its launch, and many gamers saw it as a huge step in the right direction.
However, CDPR’s problems were far from over, as the game was still unavailable on the PlayStation Store, and it took Patch 1.23 to bring it back. Although 1.23 was not nearly as large as 1.2, it included several important fixes for Cyberpunk 2077, and the game was quickly reintroduced into the fold.
Despite this, Cyberpunk 2077 still runs at a sub-optimal level after version 1.23. Crashes aren’t common, but texture pop-ins, SUVs inexplicably suspended in air (the ones that aren’t supposed to be flying), strange ragdoll, and a lot more aren’t uncommon. The visual muddiness appears to have persisted, and if it was a major concern for players at launch, it isn’t much better now, so they should wait a little longer for another visual update.
To be sure, the game is much better now than it was at launch – but given how low the bar was at launch, it appears to be quite a victory. Although it is impressive to see the studio persevere in the face of adversity and remain committed to bringing Cyberpunk 2077 to a level where the players are satisfied.
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