Cyberpunk 2077 devs promise backward compatibility, free next-gen console upgrades

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We already knew that Xbox One copies of Cyberpunk 2077 would run on the Xbox Series X for free due to Microsoft's "Smart Delivery" feature, but now we know that PlayStation customers will get the same treatment. So, if you're a Sony fan, you can breathe a sigh of relief: you won't need to purchase the game twice to get it to run on next-gen hardware.

The positive next-gen news doesn't stop there. In addition to basic backward compatibility, CD Projekt Red says all current-gen Cyberpunk 2077 will receive a free next-gen upgrade for the game later on. This upgrade will take "full advantage" of the capabilities of next-gen hardware, which will likely mean improved visuals and lighting, at the very least (though it could also lead to reduced load times).

Of course, since next-gen consoles are still several months out, CD Projekt Red didn't give us a definitive release window for this upgrade. As the studio has famously said on multiple occasions, it'll come "when it's ready."

With that said, we're guessing it will arrive sometime in the third or fourth quarter of 2021. CD Projekt Red will likely be wrapping up Cyberpunk 2077's final expansion by then, making it the ideal time to remaster the game for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Cyberpunk 2077 is set to arrive on November 19, 2020, with a $59.99 price tag. If you want to get a better glimpse of the game before snagging a copy, stay tuned on June 25 for CD Projekt Red's mysterious "Night City Wire" event.

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Don't they just love sticking the image of Keanu Reeves in every Cyberpunk poster?

Your man is like spring chicken these days, got himself into every pointless spin-off he could ... - Bill & Ted 2, Matrix 4, John Wick 4. I predict that none of them will be much good.

The last movie with him that I actually enjoyed was Destination Wedding, in which he for once played a human being, and not some cyber-demon, per se.
 
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Don't they just love sticking the image of Keanu Reeves in every Cyberpunk poster?

Your man is like spring chicken these days, got himself into every pointless spin-off he could ... - Bill & Tedd 2, Matrix 4, John Wick 5. I predict that none of them will be much good.
There's going to be a John Wick 5?

Lordy.
 
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I wonder if this game will be the rule rather than the exception for PS4/5.

Nothing seems official (best I saw was it's up to the publishers)...
 

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Maybe. "Smart Delivery" and this high profile game could force Sony (or big publishers) hands here...
I sincerely hope Microsoft puts pressure on third party developers to allow this on games that are updated for the Series X. I'm hoping to buy one at launch and would love it if I kept getting updates as time goes on for more games I already own.