Arms On: Cyberpunk 2077 Patch 1.2 – Much less Crashing and Higher Efficiency on PS5, PS4, However We have Nonetheless Obtained a Lengthy Approach to Go


Cyberpunk 2077 replace 1.2 is right here. The lengthy awaited patch is gigantic, promising to repair a veritable catalogue of stability points, bugs, and different issues. However is it the replace that lastly transforms Cyberpunk 2077 right into a sport that does not crash each couple of hours on PlayStation consoles? We returned to Evening Metropolis with a purpose to discover out.

Let’s begin with the excellent news: we have spent six hours with the open world RPG on PS5 because the launch of patch 1.2 — 5 of them consecutive — and we’ve not encountered a single crash. We even visited a number of crashing “hotspots” — particular components of the map which can be notoriously busy — hours into our testing, and the sport chugged on via. What’s extra, the framerate seems to be smoother general. Efficiency continues to be removed from excellent — hitching nonetheless happens at common intervals and frames do drop in built-up areas — however stability seems to be a lot improved, a minimum of in our expertise.

The crashing 'hotspot' in front of V's apartment building.
The crashing ‘hotspot’ in entrance of V’s condo constructing.

In our damning Cyberpunk 2077 PS4 overview, we confused that crashing points had been by far the sport’s greatest drawback. If they have been fastened, then CD Projekt Purple is certainly heading in the right direction. However replace 1.2 clearly would not cease there, so what else has improved?

Nicely, we did discover that non-playable characters seem to be extra reactionary. We began a number of gunfights near bustling metropolis streets, and civilians truly ran away as a substitute of instantly cowering in worry. It is tough to say whether or not the infamously unhealthy synthetic intelligence has been tweaked, however Evening Metropolis’s residents do appear to be a bit extra… Alive. Do not get us mistaken, this ain’t Purple Useless Redemption 2 abruptly, however it is perhaps the start of one thing higher for this dystopian journey.

Sadly, the identical cannot be mentioned of visitors. We nonetheless encountered loads of automobiles simply sitting there in the course of the highway, and that roundabout the place automobiles simply drive straight via a number of limitations over and over stays. Even with an 8,000-word article detailing all of these bug fixes, replace 1.2 could not squash that one.

Cars that you can buy finally have their own map icon! Thank god.
Automobiles that you would be able to purchase lastly have their very own map icon! Thank god.

After which there’s the legislation enforcement. Everybody’s favorite police division continues to be a foul joke, regardless of some very slight changes to the sport’s wished system. CD Projekt Purple made some extent of highlighting this specific change, promising enhancements to how cops spawn into the world after you’ve got dedicated against the law. And yeah, the system is improved, however solely simply. Now, as a substitute of immediately teleporting into existence proper behind you, cops take 20 seconds or so to spawn in throughout the highway. The unhappy half is that you would be able to nonetheless clearly see them manifest from skinny air when you occur to be trying in the suitable course. We’re hoping that that is extra of a short lived “answer” than it’s a everlasting repair.

Oh, and the pop-in continues to be an actual immersion-breaker on consoles. The sport is perhaps extra steady, however you’ll be able to nonetheless see NPCs, automobiles, and different property blink into actuality (and again out once more) with alarming frequency. We get that cramming Cyberpunk 2077 onto PS4 prompted a number of issues, however certainly CD Projekt Purple can do higher than this? Turning the digicam away from a crowd of individuals, after which swinging it again round solely to seek out that everybody has vanished is embarrassing.

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However look, at this level, we’ll take what we will get. Cyberpunk 2077 has been such an unmitigated catastrophe that not having the sport crash in 5 hours of play is a real miracle. This is hoping that CD Projekt Purple continues to enhance Cyberpunk 2077, and that someday, we’d find yourself with an expertise that is worthy of the PlayStation Retailer.

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