After all the delays, Cyberpunk is finally here and, depending on what console you’re playing on, kind of broken.
Leading up to the game’s release, there were already murmurs circling about what state Cyberpunk 2077 would launch in. Delays, crunches, bugs and the like didn’t inspire hope that Cyberpunk would be perfect at launch. But the amount of texture pop-in, frame-rate issues, and NPCs glitching out all while the fan in my PS4 Pro runs like a Boeing 747 engine brings me back to playing any Bethesda game on the Playstation 3 in the worst way possible. Shortly after CDPR delayed the game into December, it came out that Cyberpunk 2077 will be a “different game” after updates and that Day 0 patch would fix most issues with the PC version of the game.
If you follow Cyberpunk 2077 on social media at all, chances are you’ve already seen screenshots of NPCs spawning in t-poses, videos of Night City’s textures popping in/out of existence, and a whole heap of comments bemoaning the state of the game on day one.
While PC seems to be the most stable of the five platforms that Cyberpunk launched on, bugs are still prevalent. And things only get worse when on consoles, particularly PS4 and Xbox One. It’s also worth noting that most of the early reviews for Cyberpunk 2077 were on PC.
Though most of the bugs on next-gen consoles and PC are minor if not endearing such as tiny trees appearing in random spots thought the game, the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game at their best look unfinished due to consistent character animation issues and environmental pop-in, and, at their worst, are completely broken due to game-breaking, quest-ending bugs.
But outside reports of PS4 and Xbox One players being tapped by invisible walls, boss enemies freezing mid-fight, and my own experience of a quest item falling through the floor before I could pick it up, the game runs (depending on your tolerance for jank) acceptably on current-gen consoles. That being said, you’re probably better off playing Cyberpunk on a PS5 or Xbox Series X or just waiting for patches.
But hey, even if the game is broke as hell at launch, at least we got the “dick glitch,” which means that if you give V, the player character, a penis, there’s a chance it’ll appear outside of the character’s pants in menus. All this is to say, get out there and enjoy some bugs before they’re patched out.