Buy Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox One, get it for free on Xbox Series X

Cal Jeffrey

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CD Projekt Red announced via Twitter that it has an Xbox Series X upgrade of Cyberpunk 2077 in the works. It also said that when it's ready, gamers who already purchased the title for Xbox One will get it for free. "Gamers should never be forced to purchase the same game twice or pay for upgrades," the developer said. "Owners of Cyberpunk 2077 will receive the Xbox Series X upgrade for free when it is available."

The studio took a cue from Microsoft touting its "Smart Delivery" coming with the Series X.

Smart Delivery is a feature that lets players play the best version of any game no matter what system they are using. So if you bought Gears 5 for Xbox One, you would be able to play an upgraded version on Series X.

The one caveat to this is the title has to be an in-house Xbox Game Studios title. Third-party developers are not required to make upgraded versions of their games nor give them away for free. CD Projekt Red is the first outside studio that has said that it is on board with the idea.

Other developers tend to milk their franchises for every penny by remaking them for newer hardware and selling them at full price (looking at you, Bethesda).

It's an annoying trend that has had me rebuying games on multiple occasions. It would be nice if third-party developers got on board with Microsoft's Smart Delivery idea. It would also be nice if other console makers like Sony and Nintendo took up the cause, too, but don't hold your breath.

While Sony has confirmed the PS5 will be backwards compatible, it hasn't promised to tweak past titles to run better on the new hardware. Call me a cynic, but there is just too much money to be made in reselling the same, slightly tweaked product for companies to latch on to the idea en masse. However, it is a new generation of console wars, so we'll have to see how this plays out.

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TomSEA

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Yeah, but what happens if it turns out to be a crappy game? We've seen games like this with insane pre-release hype, only to turn out to be dogs.
 

m4a4

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Something tells me that Cyberpunk is gonna be loaded with bugs.
Yeah, but what happens if it turns out to be a crappy game? We've seen games like this with insane pre-release hype, only to turn out to be dogs.
From CD Projekt Red? Have you never heard of them or played their games before?

Sure, it could happen... but precedence says not only will it be relatively bug free, but a game that won't be topped for years to come.

There's a good reason why The Witcher 3 is highly regarded...
 

Polycount

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Cyberpunk will almost certainly be buggy. The Witcher 3 was. But oddly, I never encountered anything game breaking during my first playthrough.

Anyway, I also don't expect 2077 to be the best game ever made, nor do I think The Witcher 3 fit that description. On release, maybe. I was hyped and my standards were lower. But now, in hindsight, I recognize many of the game's failings, and I'm at least pleased that they appear to be fixing some of them (such as RPG systems and progression) in 2077.
 

poohbear

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For publicly traded companies that have to show growth every 3 months, it's not feasible to give away free upgrades of games for new systems. They gotta show they're making more money every 3 months...and that means milking and nickle & diming customers for even a 2-3% growth spurt...thank you capitalism!
 

Adhmuz

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Good on them for doing this, but don't expect others to follow.

The only game that really got me good was GTA V, bought that on PS3, than PS4 and finally on PC when it became available, never finished the game on any of the platforms as I kept having to start over...
 

ZackL04

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Good on them for doing this, but don't expect others to follow.

The only game that really got me good was GTA V, bought that on PS3, than PS4 and finally on PC when it became available, never finished the game on any of the platforms as I kept having to start over...
Same, and now I get it with Gamepass too
 

TomSEA

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From CD Projekt Red? Have you never heard of them or played their games before?

Sure, it could happen... but precedence says not only will it be relatively bug free, but a game that won't be topped for years to come.

There's a good reason why The Witcher 3 is highly regarded...
Virtually every major (and good) game distributor has had at least one bad game release. Bethesda - who could do no wrong with their Fallout series, came out with the disastrous Fallout 76. Aliens: Colonial Marines by Gearbox, Evolve by Turtle Rock Studios, Dragon Age II by BioWare and of course, the most famous of them all, Daikatana by Ion Storm are a few examples.

Not saying it's going to happen. But given the amount of hype for Cyberpunk 2077 - which is at least as much as it was for No Man's Sky (and we know how that launch went) - I'll wait to see before buying.
 

m4a4

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Virtually every major (and good) game distributor has had at least one bad game release. Bethesda - who could do no wrong with their Fallout series, came out with the disastrous Fallout 76. Aliens: Colonial Marines by Gearbox, Evolve by Turtle Rock Studios, Dragon Age II by BioWare and of course, the most famous of them all, Daikatana by Ion Storm are a few examples.

Not saying it's going to happen. But given the amount of hype for Cyberpunk 2077 - which is at least as much as it was for No Man's Sky (and we know how that launch went) - I'll wait to see before buying.
Fallout 76 sounded wrong from the start (I still can't tell what happened there).
A:CM was never expected to be good over that cursed development (reminded me of Duke Nukem Forever).
Evolve would've been a fine MP only game for $20-30 (but was sold at full price lacking content and DLC heavy).
DA:2 I don't remember being that bad.
Never heard of Daikatana.
And NMS is the first "full" game from the studio, and it had plenty of red flags (which was odd considering the Sony backing).

Anyways, my point is that I've seen no red flags for this game (hype is always expected for what's marketed as a AAA game), and precedence is good. I'll stay positive until I see otherwise.
 
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Nobina

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From CD Projekt Red? Have you never heard of them or played their games before?

Sure, it could happen... but precedence says not only will it be relatively bug free, but a game that won't be topped for years to come.

There's a good reason why The Witcher 3 is highly regarded...
The Witcher 3 is probably my favourite game of all but just because they can pull Witcher off doesn't mean it will translate to a differnt game like Cyberpunk. And it's that one game that made them successful. Witcher 1 and 2 are not nearly as good.
Keep treating them like they can do no wrong and They will become another Blizzard/EA.
 

m4a4

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The Witcher 3 is probably my favourite game of all but just because they can pull Witcher off doesn't mean it will translate to a differnt game like Cyberpunk. And it's that one game that made them successful. Witcher 1 and 2 are not nearly as good.
Keep treating them like they can do no wrong and They will become another Blizzard/EA.
Yeah, they learned from the first 2 games.
And as I said just before, I see no red flags and precedence is good. I'll stay positive until I see otherwise.
 

amghwk

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Those who think Cyberpunk 2077 will be a superhit just because it's from CDPR ( in turn, just because of Witcher 3, which I could never enjoy it, even after getting during a big sale), should take a hard look at the history of the mega disaster called Daikatana.

Almost every games magazine (yeah, printed games magazines were the thing those days) had an almost non-stop article in the previews section dedicated to Daikatana, just because it's the next "big" thing by the "legendary" John Romero and his famous id/DOOM gang who just started their own games company.

The game was so hyped up everyone's a$$ that never in history of gaming the reviews were absolute pants compared to their previews. Some reviewers downplayed their own over-hyped previews later during the reviews.
 

amghwk

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"It's an annoying trend that has had me rebuying games on multiple occasions."

Why do you need to buy again and again after playing it on different systems? Why not replay it in the original system, and save the money for other new games in the new system?

I guess it's because of this human desire that companies make more money by repainting and reselling again.
 

Namtrooper

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Virtually every major (and good) game distributor has had at least one bad game release. Bethesda - who could do no wrong with their Fallout series, came out with the disastrous Fallout 76. Aliens: Colonial Marines by Gearbox, Evolve by Turtle Rock Studios, Dragon Age II by BioWare and of course, the most famous of them all, Daikatana by Ion Storm are a few examples.

Not saying it's going to happen. But given the amount of hype for Cyberpunk 2077 - which is at least as much as it was for No Man's Sky (and we know how that launch went) - I'll wait to see before buying.
Those who think Cyberpunk 2077 will be a superhit just because it's from CDPR ( in turn, just because of Witcher 3, which I could never enjoy it, even after getting during a big sale), should take a hard look at the history of the mega disaster called Daikatana.

Almost every games magazine (yeah, printed games magazines were the thing those days) had an almost non-stop article in the previews section dedicated to Daikatana, just because it's the next "big" thing by the "legendary" John Romero and his famous id/DOOM gang who just started their own games company.

The game was so hyped up everyone's a$$ that never in history of gaming the reviews were absolute pants compared to their previews. Some reviewers downplayed their own over-hyped previews later during the reviews.
Comparing a game made by a team of 30 and a game with a team of 300 (thumbsucking figures here) is probably not exactly correct. But I understand your viewpoint. Even though I love everything CDPR I won't pre-order and will wait for reviews like many other people. However their track record thus far for making well thought out adult themed stories keeps me hopeful. If they keep up the fantastic variety of side missions quality similar to Witcher 3 I will be very happy. I am sick of cookie cutter side content Ala Ubisoft and Bethesda. Pardon my English if it is poor as it isn't my first language.