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Cyberpunk 2077 to get free Xbox Series X upgrade after console launch, free PS5 upgrade unclear

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Cyberpunk 2077 promo image (Image credit: CD Projekt RED)

What you need to know

  • Cyberpunk 2077 is an upcoming first-person shooter from CD Projekt RED.
  • The team is known for The Witcher series, in particular, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
  • Cyberpunk 2077 should be upgraded for next-gen consoles sometime after the machines launch.
  • You can purchase the game for $60 on Best Buy (opens in new tab).

CD Projekt RED is working hard to make sure Cyberpunk 2077 launches in September 2020, but what does the future hold for the game? A few weeks ago, the team said that your existing copy of the game would work on Xbox Series X, and it would get a free upgrade. Well, now we have a timeline for when that's going to happen.

The next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077 will hit sometime after the console launch. While the Xbox Series X upgrade will be free, it's unclear what the policy is for PlayStation 5 (PS5). You may have to buy the next-gen version separately because the PS5 may not support an upgraded PlayStation 4 (PS4) version. Sony needs to clarify this immediately in my opinion.

CD Projekt's Senior Vice President of Business Development, Michal Nowakowski, said the following to VGC. The quote was first complied by GameSpot.

In terms of Microsoft's console, like I said, we have officially confirmed both the update and the cross-gen availability, meaning that you'll be able to play the game from the get-go on the next-gen. However, when it comes to a proper, full-blown next-gen version, that's going to come later, we haven't announced when and I don't have a new comment here on that... There's no official announcement coming from PlayStation so we really can't confirm or deny anything. It's PlayStation that first needs to address these issues and then we're happy to make a comment, but we can't jump the gun ahead of them.

Let's hope that Sony doesn't require gamers to buy an upgraded version of Cyberpunk 2077 on PS5 separetely. The company launched a lot of remasters for the PS4, so that may be the case again, even when it comes to third-party games. Only time will tell.

Since the Xbox Series X is around 2 teraflops more powerful than the PS5 — possibly more due to Sony's use of overclocking — Cyberpunk 2077 may have better effects or even a higher resolution on the Xbox Series X compared to Sony's device. That's another factor to keep in mind when making a purchasing decision, but we'll have to wait until both consoles launch and analyses are conducted to make a definitive conclusion.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

9 Comments
  • Didn't we know this already?
  • Many thought it would be released at the same time as the console.
  • Phil Spencer is pioneering Consumer friendly practices. So pleased to hear this.
  • Phil pioneered alot of pro consumer practices, but this is not one of them, Sony already allows this, it's called cross-buy and it works between PS3, PS Vita and PS4, publishers just need to allow it (most didn't), it didn't work with physical copies though but that was because of alimitation that exited due to different architectures between PS3 and PS4
  • If Sony were all about cross buy them they would have applied it to their first party games. I've seen the list and it's pretty much all indies save for a select few.
  • You are right that Sony didn't do to all of their games bit they did to the majority, but even if they didn't I don't see how Sony and other publishers for that matter can convince consumers to buy another version of the game that the only difference being graphics, when the versions that they own can also be played on the PS5 and they can play the multiplayer of said games with both PS4 and PS5 users.
  • Sony will have to follow, even if against their plans. Good guy Xbox always stepping up and setting the trend.
  • I wouldn't say always.
  • I think Cyberpunk 2077 is originally a game for console next gen, and nos they comes delivery the game at time.
    There are compatibility with future consoles, and normally it'a compatibility with old gen.
    Probably Sony and influencers wanted game as exclusivity Ps5, or minor version for Xbox. (huge tendance)