CD Projekt Red’s highly anticipated open-world RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, is now out and in the hands of the public — and players are logging in to find an extremely unoptimized experience on last-generation consoles.
Clips showcasing glitches, frame rate issues, major pop-in and more have started going viral on social media, though it’s unclear if these all these Cyberpunk 2077 players are trying the game with the day one patch. After all, some fans found ways to play the game early through methods like changing their consoles’ time zone. Developer CD Projekt Red says that, if you preloaded the game beforehand, then what you boot up from the get-go already has the day-one patch. As the launch night unfolds, more footage has emerged reiterating the same types of problems.
Polygon watched a couple of dozen livestreams showcasing base PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gameplay of Cyberpunk 2077, along with the beefier versions (PS4 Pro, Xbox One X) of each console, and we saw a number of crashes, choppy gameplay, freezes, strangely geometric NPCs, and more. While some of what’s most visible right now showcases fans who aren’t playing with the day-one patch, technical hiccups of some variety or other seem pervasive on all versions of the older consoles based on what we’ve seen on platforms like Twitch and YouTube Live. Reports on forums like Reddit further corroborate the existence of last-gen woes.
This is Cyberpunk 2077 on PS4 currently. Shockingly disappointing. pic.twitter.com/J5nXB0gEYO— Andrew (@ajb1310) December 10, 2020
Fix the game on base Ps4 consoles please. What is that 720p resolution? Frame drops , blurry visuals, crashes ! What the hell guys. This game ruined our experience and no doubt it’s gonna worst experience ever pic.twitter.com/5GElsWbOuD— welcome to cyberboy2077 (@delaypubk2077) December 10, 2020
Don’t worry everyone we’ll just crunch the staff for another year to iron these out. pic.twitter.com/brj1v0ibtj— Steven (@MrDelabee) December 10, 2020
Hey @CyberpunkGame / @CDPROJEKTRED think you could actually release the game in a playable state before charging us? Totally broken on PS4, screen tearing constantly, muddy graphics and frame rates dropping to a crawl and juddering during combat. This is unacceptable.— Tim Deves (@TimDeves) December 10, 2020
Fans who are trying the game on PC, meanwhile — especially top-of-the-line rigs — seem to be faring OK, based on what we could see on livestreams. At least, compared to the older generation of consoles. There are reports of trees and bushes appearing clipping through things on PC, but it seems that updating your drivers will take care of the issue. But there are still fans who say that, even on PC, things aren’t always running smoothly.
no one made them put this video game out pic.twitter.com/17nZg5MHuj— st. nicholas grayson (@godsewa) December 10, 2020
Early reviewers, it’s worth noting, were provided PC code of the game. While some reviewers found glitches, most reports did not note anything on the level of what’s being shared on social media right now. During one Xbox One stream, Polygon saw a player complain because a car appeared out of nowhere, causing them to crash. Another player Xbox One had to restart their game after trying to fast forward through dialogue — something that happened more than once during the broadcast. The game seems to struggle the most when running during open-world segments.
All this said, not all glitches that fans are experiencing right now are game-breaking. Curiously, some fans are finding that the infamous penis models sometimes clip through your character’s clothes. (NSFW warning on that link!)
Still, problem is big enough that, in short order, the gaming community has turned it all into a meme. The format has fans upload images of classic PlayStation, PS2, and Nintendo 64 games with the strong viral language used to criticize the console version of Cyberpunk. Rather than despairing, some players have decided to embrace the dark humor of trying to run a new game on a 7-year-old console.
This is Cyberpunk 2077 - PS4 version 1.00. Resolution is literally below 720p and the game takes 20 seconds to load in textures. Inexcusable. Unfathomable. Unplayable. pic.twitter.com/gdApyfmgAi— GIRL RIFLE (@girlrifle) December 10, 2020
This is Cyberpunk 2077 - PS4 version 1.00. Resolution is literally below 720p and the game takes 20 seconds to load in textures. Inexcusable. Unfathomable. Unplayable. pic.twitter.com/mpvd0f3PgE— Valentina (@leftistthot420) December 10, 2020
This is Cyberpunk 2077 - PS4 version 1.00. Resolution is literally below 720p and the game takes 20 seconds to load in textures. Inexcusable. Unfathomable. Unplayable. pic.twitter.com/BZbgdlsCOX— The Girl Reading This :) (@TheEpicDept) December 10, 2020
This is Cyberpunk 2077 - PS4 version 1.00. Resolution is literally below 720p and the game takes 20 seconds to load in textures. Inexcusable. Unfathomable. Unplayable. pic.twitter.com/bDoTI7aSz9— albert camus fancam (@GoudaOnRye) December 10, 2020
This is Cyberpunk 2077 - PS4 version 1.00. Resolution is literally below 720p and the game takes 20 seconds to load in textures. Inexcusable. Unfathomable. Unplayable. pic.twitter.com/CCGN2p1LnG— red-nosed parenti (@YellowParenti) December 10, 2020
CD Projekt Red did not respond in time for publication. Prior to release, the studio was reported to have undergone extensive crunch time, even after repeatedly promising that it would not force its workers to do so.