The fans of Cyberpunk 2077 have been looking forward to playing the game which was promised to them for so long. This epic sci-fi RPG from CD Projekt Red seems to move away from the mess it was when it was released last year, with every update that gets released. While there is still a lot of work to be done, there are definitely signs that the game is improving. It became obvious over the last few months what had been improved after one fan showed a side-by-side comparison.
User pablo397 recently uploaded a video to the Cyberpunk 2077 Subreddit, showing his trip down some of the game’s highways during a rain storm, comparing an older version from last December with the most recent. If they retrace their path back to where they were, which is shown on the right in the video, the visible differences will become apparent, particularly in the reflections on the road caused by water. There is a noticeable difference across the highway in the darker areas, where a more realistic reflection is apparent as compared to 1.04, when the lighting appeared less realistic.
Additionally, in the comments, it has been pointed out that the motorcycle itself has been improved with better reflections. In the clip 1.31, a person inquired whether ray-tracing had been enabled. Assuring the user, pablo397 said all the settings in each version were the same. In this clip, all the original poster’s hardware settings remain the same throughout, while ray tracing has already existed since day one in Cyberpunk.
In either case, it’s certainly impressive to see how far development has come. In addition to official patches, there are also unofficial ones that help. Cyberpunk modders are also improving the game, and some of their fixes fall into the same category as the studio’s.
Several companies have been offering refunds to dissatisfied players, and Sony removed the game from its digital storefront altogether after it was released. It appears, however, that each patch that is released is accomplishing something. There will never be a buggy version of Cyberpunk 2077, but it gets better incrementally with each update.
The PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Stadia versions of Cyberpunk 2077 have just gone live.