Cyberpunk 2077 – what a mess it was. But that was then, and this is now – today we find CD PROJEKT RED rolling out a free update to Cyberpunk 2077 and it not only improves the base game which launched over a year ago, but now updates it to make the most of the next-gen consoles of Xbox Series X|S and PS5. Oh, and to sweeten the deal? A free trial is being made available.
Rolling out to Cyberpunk 2077 owners across the globe today is the latest update for the game. There have been many since that disastrous launch back in December 2020, helping take the game to levels that it should, frankly, have been at from the start. But CD PROJEKT RED still have major plans for this IP and this latest free drop also begins to harness the power of the next-gen… again, something it perhaps should have done from the start.
The latest update comes about via Patch 1.5 — Next-Generation Update, as Cyberpunk 2077 takes advantage of the additional power of the newest generation of console hardware, allowing for ray tracing features and 4K with dynamic scaling on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, faster loading times, and a variety of other visual and technical improvements. On PlayStation 5, the game will additionally utilize the DualSense controller’s adaptive triggers and haptic feedback functionalities.
In order to prove how things are working, the studio has also released two gameplay footage videos from Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 – it’s worth a look if only to see how far Cyberpunk 2077 has come. Further to that though, players wishing to try out the game before purchase can do so courtesy of a free, time-limited next-gen trial available on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. The trial will be available for 30 days, until March 15th, 5 PM CET, and will allow players the option of continuing their adventure after purchase. Grab it over at the Xbox Store if you’re interested.
Similarly, those who started their walkthrough on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will be able to transfer their saved game states to the respective next-gen version.
There’s more though and the new update also comes equipped with a host of changes and improvements across all versions of Cyberpunk 2077. These range from further performance and stability optimizations, to tweaks to gameplay and economy, the open world of the game, map usage, along with new interactions for relationships and an overhauled Fixer system. Furthermore, new pieces of free additional content have also been introduced, including rentable apartments, new gear, character customization options, and more. Details regarding the new content are available here.
What this all means is that following the release of Patch 1.5 — Next-Generation Update, Cyberpunk 2077 is now available Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 as a free upgrade to all current owners of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions, as well as running as a standalone digital purchase. The game, along with Patch 1.5, is also available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and PC.
Is it now time to give CD PROJEKT RED and Cyberpunk 2077 another shot? Let us know if you do – the comments are below.