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Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox Series X review: still flawed, but a step forward

How does Cyberpunk 2077 perform on next-generation consoles such as Xbox Xbox X? We have already told you that this game is a disaster on PlayStation 4. On Xbox One X, this is (not surprisingly, considering it’s a half-generation upgrade), a step forward, but it still doesn’t meet your expectations. If you are one of the over 160 million current console owners hoping to make money in the latest release of The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt Red, you are basically on hold now. But we also tried games on Xbox Series X and were able to compare the experience.

There is currently no local version of Cyberpunk 2077 for the next-generation consoles (ie PS5 and Series X). CD Projekt Red said that the feature will only be available sometime in 2021-as a free upgrade for users who purchased on PS4 or Xbox One. Currently, due to backward compatibility support, Cyberpunk 2077 can run on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles.

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Xbox Series X has additional Cyberpunk 2077 features, which no other console has. In the “Settings” section of the game on Microsoft’s most powerful console, you will find the “Video” tab, which is not available on other consoles and is only available on PCs. You can choose between two modes: “Performance” or “Quality”. Although CD Projekt Red did not explain the difference, the same is true for other games that offer this feature. It is fair to assume that one prioritizes frame rate (60fps/unlocked), while the other prioritizes resolution. Digital Foundry’s technical analysis of Cyberpunk 2077 also confirmed this.

This is very curious, because “Cyberpunk 2077” is not currently “optimized for Xbox Series X|S”. This means that when you play a game on Xbox Series X, you are actually getting the Xbox One X version-but it looks better because it has more original features and some great hardware tricks. There is no “Video” tab on Xbox One X, although this is part of the promise when these half-generation upgrades are launched. And many games (such as “Forza Motorsport: Horizon 4” and “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order”) have fulfilled these promises, allowing Xbox One X owners to choose between performance or quality.

In Forza Horizon 4, the car looks better. This is from “Cyberpunk 2077”
Photo Credit: CD Projekt Red

On Xbox One X, Cyberpunk 2077 seems to be locked into performance mode, but the performance is still far from satisfactory. Although many other games provide smooth performance or 4K resolution on Xbox One X, “Cyberpunk 2077” seems to be stuck in no man’s land. Digital Foundry confirmed that it does not feel it is running at a constant 30fps (sometimes it hangs and freezes for a few milliseconds), nor does it appear to be close to 2160p. It’s disappointing because Cyberpunk 2077 is technically the title of “Xbox One X Enhanced”.

The appearance and performance of the game on Xbox Series X is much better. In the “performance” mode, the game of Cyberpunk 2077 is smooth, and it feels as if it is hovering around 60fps. In “Quality” mode, Cyberpunk 2077 ultimately feels like a modern game, not a relic of the full HD era. I am not completely impressed with the graphics-there are a lot of assets, but I think the details may be insufficient-this is not something that shocks me, as I expected, the next generation of games is also the same. But it is worth remembering that “Cyberpunk 2077” is not a next-generation game, it is only backward compatible. If you are lucky enough to use Xbox Series X, you can play Cyberpunk 2077.

Of course, this is not without problems. In addition to the chaotic and flat textures I mentioned, the Cyberpunk 2077 graphics on Xbox Series X has some aliasing or pop-up issues. This is most obvious in the case of a crosswalk, where the edge of the yellow stripe seems to be moving and I panned the camera in the game. Of course, there are no visual errors that plague all versions of Cyberpunk 2077. Just like my experience on PlayStation 4, I encountered floating guns, and the inability to rob no matter how much money I took changed my position. The latter is sometimes caused by enemy bodies piled up on each other. Except for the corpses fused together in “Cyberpunk 2077”.

Kari Wahlgren as Evelyn Parker in “Cyberpunk 2077”
Photo Credit: CD Projekt Red

CD Projekt Red admitted that it “ignores” the PS4 and Xbox One versions and is “too focused” on PC and next-generation products. Obviously, it takes more time to prepare games for the world’s most popular console, and it has already said a lot. But my experience using Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox One X and Xbox Series X shows that there is currently no ideal way to play games on consoles. Yes, it is much better than what PS4 and Xbox One owners can endure. For them, it feels like the PC port of GTA IV, unless the opposite is true, because the console is the problem here.

But since it is still difficult to get the next generation of game consoles-PS5 has not even been launched in India-the PC is powerful enough to run games in 4K, and also facing the availability of parts (not to mention the high cost), it does not seem to most people Will be able to play an acceptable version of “Cyberpunk 2077” for a period of time.

Cyberpunk 2077 has been sold on PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One worldwide. It can also be played on PS5 and Xbox Series S/X. On PC, the price is Rs. 2,499 rupees on Amazon and game stores. It is priced at US$2,999 on the Epic Games Store, and, owned by CD Projekt Red, is priced at US$43 (approximately Rs 3,160). The price of Cyberpunk 2077 is Rs. 3,490 on the Microsoft Store, Rs. It is priced at Rs 3,499 on the PlayStation Store. 3,999 on the CD.

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