IN A NUTSHELL:
- Digital Foundry experts analyzed the performance of Cyberpunk 2077 version 1.2 on last-gen consoles;
- PlayStation 4 Pro is the only console to see a noticeable improvement, but the performance gains have been offset by visual downgrade;
- The game still performs very badly on the other consoles;
- Crashes are also a problem in some cases.
As you know, before Christmas the long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077 Patch 1.2 made its debut, fixing numerous bugs and polishing various elements of CD Projekt RED's pgame (the patch notes include over five hundred items). Opinions on the update are divided - according to many players it did not meet the hopes placed in it. The patch was also analyzed by experts from Digital Foundry. They looked at how the game currently looks on different consoles four months after its release.
The biggest improvement can be seen on the PlayStation 4 Pro, where - while exploring the city - the number fps has clearly increased. In some cases, the increase reaches 8 fps, which can be considered a really big improvement. Unfortunately, achieving this effect required compromises in terms of the level of visuals. After installing patch 1.2 some elements of the environment (e.g. billboards, chairs or tables), which previously loaded normally, now often appear before the player's eyes. Crashes also still happen.
The situation is even worse on Xbox One X, where the game runs slightly better, but is still far from smooth 30fps. During intense shootouts we often see performance at the level of 20-30 fps. What's worse, the game often freezes for a few seconds, during which the gameplay stops completely. On the platform in question, experts have not experienced crashes to console's main menu.
The basic model of PlayStation 4 remains one of the worst ways to experience Cyberpunk 2077. There are some moments of improvement (an example being the chase and accompanying shootout that crowns one of the game's first missions), but on the whole it plays pretty much as it did before the update. As with the PS4 Pro, users must also expect an occasional crash.
The case of the basic Xbox One variant is very similar to that of the PlayStation 4 - the game still runs very poorly on Microsoft's weakest machine, with performance gains mostly within the statistical error range and difficult to notice during actual gameplay. This version of Cyberpunk 2077 remains the worst edition of CD Projekt RED's game you can currently play.
In conclusion, although owners of PlayStation 4 Pro have some reasons to be happy, the developers still have a lot of work ahead. If we play on a last-gen console, Cyberpunk 2077 remains a very hard title to recommend (you can read more about all the game's problems in our review).
- Cyberpunk 2077 on PS4 is a Disaster. We Were Supposed to Burn City, not Consoles (PS4 version review)
- Cyberpunk 2077 Review - Samurai, You've Got a Great RPG to Play! (PC version review)
- Cyberpunk 2077 - game guide
- Cyberpunk 2077 - official website