Last week saw the long awaited release of Cyberpunk 2077 by game studio CD Projekt Red. The game was first announced in 2012, and has been in development since, and when the trailer showing Keanu Reaves was released, the game gained even more of a following. The game was set to launch on the 19th of November 2020, but was delayed just a few weeks before. Fans had been eagerly awaiting the release of the game, and now that it is out, not all of them are pleased. Many players have said that the game is not what they had expected from CD Projekt Red, especially for the cost of the game.
The first issue that has caused a lot of controversy is the performance of the game, especially on previous gen consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One. The resolution on PS4 jumps between 720p and 900p, which the framerate reaching an average of 20fps when driving through Night City. A lot of textures are reported to be blurry, with textures for buildings and cars sometimes only loading when standing right next to the car or building. As a result of this, Sony has removed Cyberpunk 2077 from the Playstation store and is offering full refunds to anyone that purchased the game.
When it comes to PC performance, many users not using an RTX graphics card or RX 5000/6000 series graphics card has noticed that achieving 60fps or higher on ultra or high graphics setting can prove to be difficult. Thankfully there have been users that have discovered a couple of fixes that can help improve performance by up to 20 frames per second.
The first option is to download a program called HXD (Hex Editor) Launch HXD, select File and Open, then find the cyberpunk .exe file.
- Open the EXE with HXD (Hex Editor).
- Look for
- 75 30 33 C9 B8 01 00 00 00 0F A2 8B C8 C1 F9 08
- change to
- EB 30 33 C9 B8 01 00 00 00 0F A2 8B C8 C1 F9 08
This solves the problem of some processors not being utilised properly. Many users saw their CPU usage going from 40-50% up to 70% after doing this, and seeing a performance increase of up to an extra 10 fps, as well as seeing a more stable framerate. Note that this will soon be redundant as CD Projekt Red will be rolling out a patch that will fix this. The patch is already out on consoles, and will soon be out on PC.
The second fix to improve the performance of your game is to change the values of how much RAM and VRAM the game uses in the config files.
- Go to your Cyberpunk 2077 folder and search for engine\config\memory_pool_budgets.csv
- Open the file using notepad.
- Change surePoolGPU to the amount of VRAM you have in the PC column, so if you have an 8GB graphics card, set it to 8192MB or 8GB.
- Change surePoolCPU to half the amount of RAM you have in the PC column, so if you have 16GB RAM then set it to 8192MB or 8GB.
This also gave some users an extra 10-20 frames. So if you use both these methods, you can see a noticeable performance improvement, its not guaranteed but it can help. Those with 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs and RTX graphics cards reported getting no change when trying these methods.
Bugs, Bugs and More Bugs
Performance issues isn’t the only thing that players are complaining about, it seems the game is fulled with various bugs from minor T-posing NPCs, to game breaking bugs that won’t allow certain quests to finish, or even start in some cases. The minor bugs include character mouths not moving while they talk, items hovering in the air when they shouldn’t be, NPC;s and characters teleporting around and when in combat it is common to see enemies standing in the middle of combat, frozen without actually attacking you. Some of the more impactful bugs include quests not starting properly or being unable to end them. The worst bug I have come across was when V got a phone call right when starting one mission, and the phone call cancelled out the mission, which is an important side quest, and now it is impossible to start that quest.
There are also some complaints about the AI. Many have said that the AI feel boring and repetitive. The police for example, do not engage in car chases, and the NPC cars have no personality to them. You can drive straight into them and they have no reaction. Overall the game has been likened to what one would expect from an early access game.
Time Heals all Bugs
It is important to remember that when the Witcher 3 came out, it was far from perfect. Players complained about the issues, and CDPR fixed them. So if you haven’t already purchased the game, wait a little bit longer if you do want a smooth experience without bugs, because CDPR will fix the issues that players have highlighted. However, if you don’t mind the issues, then the game is definitely still worth getting. The story is engaging, yet short. The main side quests do make up for that, so you can sink a good 70-100 hours on the game doing the main quest and main side quests. The replayability is also worthwhile, with different starting options and different endings.