Cyberpunk 2077 is still one of the most highly anticipated games of the year (thanks, in part to it being very delayed), but CD Projekt Red have been quite strict in only showing the game running on PC up until this point. That’s finally changed with a new Night City Wire video demonstrating the game running on Xbox One X and Xbox Series X via backward compatibility.
The video switched back and forth between the two consoles. While CDPR do plan to have bespoke support for the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, those game updates won’t come until some point in 2021. Running in backward compatibility mode means that the absolute maximum fidelity ought to be identical to the lower powered console in terms of texture quality and asset detail, though developers can make their games aware of the newer consoles and pick different resolution and frame rate targets. Even without that, Series X will be able to stabilise dynamic resolutions and any frame rate hiccups.
Whatever they’ve done, the game looks great on both generations of console, with plenty of detail and atmosphere to be found while exploring Night City. It might not be as fancy as on an ultra high-spec PC, but it still looks grand.
We eagerly await similar footage of the game showing it running on PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 5 via backward compatibility. I’m sure people with base PS4 and Xbox Ones will be wringing their hands wondering if the game will be a disaster on the lowest powered machines, though…
The game was delayed back at the end of October an additional three weeks, with company bosses Adam Badowski and Marcin Iwinski explaining, “The biggest challenge for us right now is shipping the game on current-gen, next-gen and PC at the same time, which requires us to prepare and test 9 versions of it (Xbox One/X, compatibility on Xbox Series S|X, PS4/Pro, compatibility on PS5, PC, Stadia)… while working from home.”
So, Cyberpunk 2077 will be out for Xbox One, PS4 and PC on 10th December. It will be playable on Xbox Series X | S at that point – the consoles coming out on 10th November – and on PlayStation 5 on November 11th/19th, but again, full on next-gen enhancements will not be there on day one.