CD Projekt RED warns PC gamers ahead of Cyberpunk 2077 update

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty’s excellent visuals comes at a cost and we just found out what PC gamers will have to pay for, literally.

As players eagerly await the release of Cyberpunk2077’s 2.0 update and Phantom Liberty expansion, CD Projekt Red would like to share a special message with them: protect your PC.

While CDPR has described these updates as massive game overhauls that include a redesigned skill and perk tree, improved enemy AI, vehicular combat with real explosions, and a strong cyberware system, the advice is straightforward but crucial: make sure your PC’s cooling systems are performing at optimal levels.

Lead scene coder Filip Pier ci ski asked gamers to check their PC’s cooling system on X and Twitter. He stated, “We use all of your resources, so a 90 percent CPU workload on eight cores is expected.”

If one is not familiar with the technical details, he suggested the Cinebench application. Cinebench is a free program that runs a series of stress tests and generates standardized ratings that help users compare their systems to those of other PC users. Pier Ci Ski is concerned about the possibility that insufficient cooling may result in throttling or overheating, which could cause poor game performance or even crashes.

As expected, responses to the programmer’s advise were mixed, ranging from curiosity to panic. After the upgrade, Pier Ci Ski revised his comments amid fears that the game will become an unintentional PC fryer. His intention was to highlight the importance of routinely maintaining and monitoring cooling systems rather than to portend coming disaster. He reassured players once more, saying, “Your PCs won’t get melted by Phantom Liberty or Cyberpunk 2077 after 2.0. The game will run smoothly on the suggested hardware.”

Many still wonder if CD Projekt RED was better off delaying Cyberpunk 2077 by a few years and making it exclusive to the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X.

Modern gaming is expected to place heavy demands on PC hardware. Pier Ci Ski’s cautions are echoed here in that cooling solutions are frequently the forgotten perpetrators when systems malfunction. Modern computers are built with an automatic shutdown feature in case the processor, graphics card, or any other component overheats, but occasionally, well, things just don’t work as intended.

However, rather than the game being the culprit, in most circumstances, a real hardware breakdown is more suggestive of an underlying defect that was certain to surface.

Cyberpunk 2077 may or may not live up to the high standards that CDPR established with its several showcases, but based on what has been shown so far, it appears that it will be less like Immortals of Aveum—a glorified technical display that failed miserably at launch—and more like what it was originally billed as.

If PCs will struggle to run Cyberpunk 2077 following the update, what hope does the Xbox Series S/X and the PS5 have?

Phantom Liberty is causing a great deal of excitement. Appropriately nicknamed “Cyberpunk 2.0” by enthusiasts, the forthcoming update and expansion (which are distinct, even though they’ll release simultaneously) will bring a plethora of new features and changes to the game. Specifically, the game’s one and only expansion promises an exciting “spy-thriller” adventure that will transport players to previously unexplored regions, equip them with cutting-edge weaponry, and reveal updated cyberware. Dogtown’s introduction, a place shaped by the legends of South American drug lords, is a noteworthy feature. Additionally, the expansion marks the arrival of Solomon Reed, a figure portrayed by the captivating Idris Elba, who is set up to be V’s ally in their mission to save the New United States President. In case you were wondering, Keanu Reeves is back, playing Johnny Silverhand again.

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, which will launch on September 26, is a next-generation experience that will only work with compatible consoles—the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One—in order to reach its full potential.

Pier Ci Ski’s advise is a resounding one as players prepare for this digital odyssey: take care of your PC, and it will ensure that you have fun exploring Cyberpunk 2077.

After Keanu Reeves, Idris Elba now lends his talents to Cyberpunk 2077.

A Cyberpunk 2077 sequel is one of the several projects that CD Projekt RED is currently working on. It isn’t anticipated that this will take primacy right now, though. The majority of the Polish studio’s energies are presently being directed into The Witcher 4.

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