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Cyberpunk 2077 to be Backwards Compatible on Xbox Series X and PS5 on Day One

Cyberpunk 2077 to be Backwards Compatible on Xbox Series X and PS5 on Day One - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 July 2020 / 2,741 Views

CD PRojekt RED yesterday announced it had delayed the release of Cyberpunk 2077 from September 17 to November 19. It will launch on the One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

The developer via Twitter confirmed the game will be backwards compatible on launch day. A copy of the PS4 version will work on the PS5 and a copy of the Xbox One version will work on the Xbox Series X. An upgrade for the game that takes full advantage of the next generation hardware will be released at a later date for free.

"We are happy to confirm that Cyberpunk 2077 will be backwards compatible with both next-gen consoles!," said the developer. "Your PS4 copy of the game will work on PS5 on launch day. Anyone who buys the game on Xbox One will be able to play their copy on Xbox Series X when the console launches too!

"A later upgrade to Cyberpunk 2077, taking full advantage of the next-gen hardware, will be available for free."

CD Projekt RED president and joint CEO Adam Kicinski also answered questions on the delay in a conference call.

"“It will be running on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 from the launch date, just as it will run on the current Xbox and the next Xbox from day one," said Kicinski.

"It will look better on the next-generation consoles from day one. The technicalities behind it are a little bit different from what [the question] described, but probably no point in going into detail about that. And I can confirm this is not the final update.

"At some point we’re going to have a more robust update for the for the next-gens, which we’re planning to give free of charge to anybody who purchases the PS4 or Xbox One version, but in any case you will be able to play the game on the next-gens from the 19th of November when the game releases, and it will look better than on the next-gens from that moment."

Cyberpunk 2077 to be Backwards Compatible on Xbox Series X and PS5 on Day One

Here is an overview of the game:

In the most dangerous megacity of the future, the real you is not enough. Become V, a cyber-enhanced mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant — the key to immortality. Customize your cyberware and skillset, and explore a vast city of the future obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. The choices you make will determine the story and shape the world around you.

Become a cyberpunk, an urban mercenary equipped with cybernetic enhancements and build
your legend on the streets of Night City.

Enter the massive open world of Night City, a place that sets new standards in terms of visuals, complexity and depth.

Take the riskiest job of your life and go after a prototype implant that is the key to immortality.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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16 Comments
method114 (on 19 June 2020)

Nice planned on waiting until PS5 to play this and now I can. Now I have Control, RDR2 and this for PS5. With what Sony is bringing as well I'll have plenty.

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Mr Puggsly (on 19 June 2020)

Seems like the real headline is the 9th gen versions are coming post launch. Either way I assume the 8th gen versions will still be even better on 9th gen specs.

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hunter_alien Mr Puggsly (on 19 June 2020)

Pretty much this. Now we know that the systems will release early November at the latest.

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Immersiveunreality (on 19 June 2020)

That's good!

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KratosLives (on 20 June 2020)

The game was designed for this gen, so it should run fine. Expect elevator rides, loading screens and level designs that is made for the current hard drive.

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TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 19 June 2020)

Great to know, but I just can't see this game running on a base ps4 or xbox one. It seems too demanding.

  • +1

It'll run just wont look great or run well. Getting it to run isn't really a question it's just what will they have to sacrifice in order to do it.

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hush404 TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 19 June 2020)

I'm expecting it at least to be decent. The PS5/XSX are obviously going to be better, but I don't expect it to be a bad version on PS4/XBO.

  • +2

It'll be passable.

I'm getting it on PC and I'm even nervous for my rig...

  • +1

I think it'll be fine on base consoles. If it has performance issues then play it on newer hardware.

  • 0

If death stranding could run on ps4, cyberpunk can.

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Guessing base PS4 is gonna be like 720p
And base Xbox gonna be like 640?

  • +1

Death stranding was built specifically for the ps4 and has basically 0 npcs in its environment. Cyberpunk has 100s of npcs walking around the city, large buildings with multiple floors and no loading screens. I guess all we can do to see the performance is wait till release

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Yeav but the game had huge environments with a lot of detail. Notice in cyberpunk, the city,design draw distance is closed in. So while detailed, you are not viewing hundreds of buildings , your view space is limited to an area and closed off, so at any time the processing power is limited to that area. I don't think you can fly air craft either. I would love to see cyberpunk designed with the ps5 ssd from ground up.

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