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Cyberpunk 2077 1.5 patch is out now, contains next-gen update

Marking the first update of 2022, Cyberpunk 2077 has received a major patch which brings various improvements, numerous quests and fixes to the game. The pack also contains the next generation updateallowing the title to take advantage of the Xbox Series X | S and the PlayStation 5.

At the end of last month, a rumor started by Twitter user Playstation Game Size had predicted a PS5 release for the game in February – which seems to be the case now. Players who own the game on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One consoles will receive a free upgrade when switching to their next-gen systems.

Additionally, a five-hour free trial has been made available to all PS5 and Xbox Series X console users | S, with progress carried over to the full game. The trial will be available for claim for 30 days, until March 16, 2022, 8:30 a.m. IST. With patch 1.5, Cyberpunk 2077 will enable ray tracing and graphics modes – performance and visuals. Performance mode ensures smooth gameplay at 60fps with dynamic 4K upscaling, while the latter adds graphical enhancements while dropping the frame rate to 30fps.

CD Projekt Red has also implemented native achievement support on the PS5 that passes trophies earned from older-gen systems to current-gen systems. Xbox systems won’t have this problem thanks to their Smart Delivery feature which allows full backwards compatibility and synchronization.

As for recently introduced changes, players on all platforms will now be able to rent apartments in Night City or through the EZEstates website through the in-game computer. Character customization also sees an improvement with tweaks to hair, make-up and piercings accessible in all apartments or shelters.

The main concerns with Cyberpunk 2077 were game-breaking bugs and limited world interaction. In this new update, the developers have made several combat improvements, where enemies will now react in a more humane way – taking cover, positioning themselves and dodging your attacks. Mob reactions have also been improved, where they react more aggressively when targeted or downed.

Balancing changes include making the “easy” difficulty harder and increasing the rewards when taking on high-risk jobs. Animations have been significantly improved and your V character no longer gets stuck between walls. The lack of romantic interactions and messages was also a concern for many players and has therefore been improved, even allowing you to sleep at a lover’s house.

On PC, you now have a benchmark mode that allows you to test different graphics settings and choose the one that suits you best. Due to technical limitations, players on Windows 7 will not receive any graphical updates after June 15, 2022. If updated with patches after this date, the game may stop working on the operating system .

These changes are just the highlights of the patch, and there’s still a lot to unpack. You can check out the full list of improvements by visiting their official website or through their blog post.