Digital Foundry Reaches A Verdict On ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X


imageWhen we’re talking about measuring visual and performance improvements in video games, there’s no more established arbiter than Digital Foundry , who has now rooted around in the next gen release of Cyberpunk 2077 and come back with some findings.

The new update for Cyberpunk 2077 was released last week alongside patch 1.5, and after over a year, PS5 and Xbox Series X now have their own dedicated versions of the game, when previously they were running upconverted PS4 Pro and Xbox One X versions, and it showed.

While the new update may not be anything totally mindblowing, especially compared to “made for next gen” games that we’re currently seeing released, it’s a marked improvement.

I highly suggest you watch the full Digital Foundry video here, but I’ll have a breakdown after:

So, what’d they come up with?

PS5: Performance mode is 2240×1260 with 3072×1728 dynamic resolution.It hits 60fps with slight dips.Xbox Series X: Performance mode is 2458×1382 with 3168×1782 dynamic resolution.It hits 60fps with slight dips, though it performs slightly worse than PS5.

For both consoles, ray-tracing mode is locked 2560×1440 at 30fps and mostly focuses on indoor shadows and extremely minor improvements.

MORE FOR YOU ‘Demon Slayer’ Season 2 Finally Has An Actual 2021 Release Date Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’ Season 2 Not A Sure Thing, Says Director ‘Genshin Impact’ Still Refuses To Increase Anniversary Rewards, Despite Fan Outcry So ultimately, like many games that get tested, PS5 has a very slight edge in framerate while Xbox Series X has a very slight edge in resolution.The console ray-tracing mode does not seem to be worth the tradeoff of half the FPS, given the relatively minor improvements it offers.

Keep in mind that the improvements in this new Cyberpunk 2077 update are not just limited to the new next gen visuals, as they also include evolutions in enemy and pedestrian AI, driving controls and performance, difficulty balancing and a whole lot of other stuff.

Patch 1.5 is the most significant the game has seen to date, mainly because it’s focused less on bug fixes like that last year of patches, and more on actual improvements.

As for the eternal PS5 versus Series X debate, you won’t find much difference in the performance.For ease of use, I’d say the only real metric here is if you were trying to go from an existing version of the game to next gen, where Xbox Smart Delivery made that process pretty seamless, whereas PS5 owners have struggled with multiple versions of the game, region locking and convoluted save transfers.Guessing we won’t have to do this too many more times as the generation presses on with new games, but for third party offerings, I’ve found this to be a consistent benefit of Xbox, where I didn’t really realize how good Smart Delivery would feel until I saw what the alternative is like without it.

Anyway, I do recommend jumping into Cyberpunk 2077 now after this new update, albeit the timing is not great given the massive release cycle we are currently inside with Horizon Forbidden West launched, Destiny 2’s Witch Queen tomorrow and Elden Ring on Friday.Wild times.

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