After six months away from the Playstation Store, Cyberpunk 2077 is coming back.
Cyberpunk 2077 was released last December, to generally positive reviews. It didn’t quite match up to CD Projekt Red’s promises but it wasn’t awful; reviewing the PC version we gave it a massive 10 out of 10, stating that “it always remains engaging and enjoyable”.
However, after release it became apparent that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One incarnations of the game, when run on last-gen hardware, had serious issues. The PC release also had problems, which we were lucky enough not to run into, but it was PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners who really got a raw deal.
The issues that Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players encountered included disappearing textures, abysmal frame rates and a host of other performance related issues. As a result, Sony removed it from the PlayStation Store while Microsoft (who kept the game on their storefront) offered unconditional refunds for the game.
Now, six months and two major patches (and several smaller ones) later, Cyberpunk 2077 is coming back to the PlayStation Store. As of June 21st you’ll be able to buy the PlayStation version digitally, so Sony must surely have judged it’s now up to scratch on older consoles, right? Not quite.
We have Eurogamer to thank for getting clarification from Sony, but the truth is a little more complicated. Yes, you’ll be able to purchase the PlayStation 4 version (a PlayStation 5 native version is set to arrive later this year) but Sony has recommended you avoid running it on a standard PS4 if you can.
“SIE can confirm that Cyberpunk 2077 will be re-listed on PlayStation Store starting June 21, 2021. Users will continue to experience performance issues with the PS4 edition while CD Projekt Red continues to improve stability across all platforms. SIE recommends playing the title on PS4 Pro or PS5 for the best experience,” reads Sony’s statement.
Presumably, this information will be added to Cyberpunk 2077’s store page when it goes back up, but it’s still an odd situation. We felt sure that Sony would only agree to the game returning when CD Projekt Red could guarantee it would run well (or at, the least, acceptably) on a PlayStation 4.
So, unless Sony pulls a U-turn, Cyberpunk 2077 will be back on the Playstation Store this June 21st. But unless you’re playing it on a PlayStation 5 or PS4 Pro, don’t count on it being a problem-free experience.