Johnny Silverhand says that in some ways, Night City never changes. While the city of dreams remains one of the most violent and corrupt places on Earth, a good deal about it has gotten an update. Released today for all major platforms, Patch 1.5 — Next-Generation Update for Cyberpunk 2077 not only brings with it a vast changelog for all platforms but also next-gen improvements for the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions.
Those playing on PS5 and Series X|S can expect to see optimizations such as raytracing and dynamically scaled 4K resolutions; there have also been “various visual quality improvements” made, according to CDPR.
Other improvements one would expect from the increased power and speed found on the newest PlayStation and Microsoft platforms are there, too: faster loading times, higher sustained frames per second, and more.
Of course, the DualSense haptic features are also present, and PlayStation 5 now has spatial headphone audio, which was previously added to all other versions of Cyberpunk 2077 except PS4 (which still doesn’t have it).
The Next-Gen Update is free for all Cyberpunk 2077 PS4 and Xbox One players. On top of that, there is also a free 5-hour trial available on PlayStation and Xbox platforms until March 15 at 10 a.m. EST.
Other additions and tweaks include rentable apartments, the ability to change your appearance in apartment mirrors, Brun Out Mode, new vehicle braking systems, new photo mode poses, new weapons, new perks, activity cards for PS5, and more. CDPR also mentions numerous tweaks to combat AI, NPC actions, quickhacking, cyberwar, and basically everything else in the game.
A complete list of changes added to all versions of Cyberpunk 2077 can be seen over on the Cyberpunk website.
There are also various sales on Steam, the PlayStation Store, and the Microsoft Store, discounting Cyberpunk 2077 by 50%. The Steam version is currently $29.99 until March 1; the PlayStation version is $24.99 until March 3; and the Xbox version is $29.99 for an unspecified length of time (though likely early March alongside the other two storefronts).
Though title 1.5 Patch, CDPR has made a multitude of adjustments to Cyberpunk 2077 since we first reviewed it around release in 2020. “Many, many bugs and AI glitches” marred our experience then, but it’s clear the development is dedicated to righting those wrongs.