Cyberpunk 2077 finally arrives this week, putting an end to an extended production cycle and countless delays. The question now is, of course, which next-gen console plays it the best?
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VGC has uncovered one key difference between the PlayStation and Xbox versions of the game when you’re playing on a next-gen console. The PS5 has a performance mode in the settings, and when activated the resolution takes a minor hit to give the console what it needs to try and hit 60 frames per second.
The Xbox Series X has this too, but it has an extra “quality mode” that does the exact opposite. If you’re willing to play at 30fps you can boost the resolution to its uppermost limit.
A lot of people would argue that frame rate is more important than resolution, and they make an excellent point. But not everyone's the same, and at least the Xbox Series X gives you the option of choosing between prioritizing resolution or trying to hit that sweet 60fps cap.
As for the PC version, it seems like it performs better than the console versions. According to Tom’s Hardware you’ll need the latest Nvidia RTX 3090 GPU if you want any chance of hitting 4K 60FPS. Even downgrading to 1440p 60FPS is going to need something akin to an RTX 3080. That said, it seems like you can get one or the other with slightly less advanced hardware.
One thing we should note right now is that the current version of Cyberpunk 2077 is a last-gen game, playing on the PS5 and Xbox Series X via backwards compatibility. A next-gen upgrade isn’t due until sometime next year, which means it hasn’t been optimized for the more advanced hardware and can’t take full advantage of what’s on offer.
The only question is whether it will be enough to hit the coveted 4K60FPS level. Or possibly even 120FPS at lower resolutions. We won't know for sure until someone at CD Projekt Red gives us more information.
Of course, right now the question of which next-gen console to buy is mostly arbitrary. And no we’re not going to be the annoying people that insist all games should be played on PC. No, the truth of it is that since the Xbox Series X and PS5 are in such short supply, the console wars are basically dead right now. When a few seconds is all it takes to fail at buying a console, you can’t afford to be that picky.
Plus, we’re still technically in the pre-release window and we know Cyberpunk is getting a big day one patch. That may well unlock quality mode on the PS5.