Not far behind the Xbox One and Xbox Series X gameplay reveal, CD Projekt Red have now dropped a video featuring gameplay captured on both PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 5. Check it out.
As in the Xbox gameplay reveal, this video switches between PS4 Pro and playing on PS5 via backward compatibility, though the majority is spent on the older console before capping things off with the PS5 at the end. There’s less of a direct side-by-side feeling to this video, though even if there was, it would be pretty damn tricky to tell if there’s a significant difference when the video has been scrunched through YouTube’s compression algorithms and you need a 4K display to really see what’s changed.
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. The PlayStation 5 should be able to stabilise dynamic resolutions and any frame rate hiccups at the very least, but could have a higher resolution target programmed in.
That’s still a far cry from native PS5 support, though. CDPR do plan to have bespoke support for the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, but those game updates won’t come until some point in 2021. Until then, it might not be as fancy as on an ultra high-spec PC, but it still looks grand.
There are still some question marks over how the game will look on the base PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, 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.