OPINION: Is Cyberpunk 2077 really bad on consoles?

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As you may know Cyberpunk 2077 released over two weeks ago and as we may see it was a commercial success, as well as critically, or so we believe. The game has been praised on the PC version but highly criticized on the console versions (PS4, Xbox One, PS5, and Xbox Series X), mostly the 8th gen consoles. This is due to the many problems it had which includes: lag, frame drops, game crashes, the time to load texture, bugs, glitches, etc.

People weren’t happy with these results, and ordered a refund, even when CD Proyekt Red (Cyberpunk 2077 developers) refused so. Basically, the game had a controversial launch. According to IGN, CDPR said that they did not spend a lot of time working on the last-gen console versions. CDPR delayed the game three times from April 16th to September 17th to November 19th to December 10th, though if they had realized its problems the game would have been delayed once more.

But the real question is, is it that bad on last-gen consoles? Few days ago, I bought the game on the PS4 not only because I wanted to play it, but because I have been told that it plays well, so I wanted to try it out for myself. I have spent a lot of hours on the game right now and to be honest I had fun with it. I can’t declined that the game looks a little bit downgraded from the current gen consoles and that there are bugs, glitches, and other problems, but to say that the game is unplayable, I think it is an exaggeration. Most of the problem in this game seems to be in the technical and quality department, however the game runs decently. I’m also glad the game has autosave for the case of the game crashes.

A lot of people seem to be mad only on how the game looks and runs on the consoles, and I understand, the game has been in development for 7-8 years, the game is big and you should remember that this year with COVID-19 the development has become more difficult due to the work in home gimmick.

To conclude, is Cyberpunk 2077 really bad on the last-gen consoles? My answer is, I don’t think so (at least, not on the PS4 version. Like I said, the game is not as pretty and as powerful as the stronger versions but it still works even with the problems it has. I wouldn’t recommend playing it on the last-gen versions unless you can’t afford to wait and/or buy another console or a PC. CDPR will fix these issues in the next two months, although I can’t promise you that the game will be almost equal to the stronger versions.

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