If you’re playing Cyberpunk 2077 on PS5 we have a bit of bad news.
Those who are playing Cyberpunk on Xbox Series X/S or PC may notice they have more graphics options in their video settings. Sadly, PS5 users are not afforded the same luxury.
This is a shame, because the next gen PlayStation console is absolutely capable of 4K HDR gameplay, although users have been having troubles with 4K and HDR at the same time for some. And if you wanted to play Cyberpunk 2077 with the best possible graphics on PS5, you won’t get that choice today.
The main difference between the consoles is support for performance and quality modes on Xbox Series X and S, an option that’s not available for PS5 users.
If playing at quality mode, the Xbox Series X will run Cyberpunk 2077 at a higher resolution. Performance will run the game at 60 frames per second. It’s not yet known just how far the resolution drops to enable that, as codes for the console version of the game were not supplied during the game’s review period.
Under the display settings on Xbox you can choose between two graphics options — ‘quality’ and ‘performance’. From there you can further mess around with HDR settings to personalise the experience.
That being said, even on Xbox the colours seems muted compared to the PC version of the game. It’s even apparent in the settings menu:
If you are playing with a HDR capable display, here’s what the settings look like on any platform, PC included. (Sadly, changing the HDR settings is a hassle on all platforms — you can only change the luminance in increments of 10 nits, and you have to repeatedly click or press a button to change the slider. It’s a pain.)
This isn’t the only grief Cyberpunk 2077 players have endured on PS5. The day one patch for the game is significantly larger on PlayStation than it is on Xbox.
As reported by CD Projekt Red, the Xbox download — including the game and say one patch — sits between 60 and 75 gig. Both files are combined and downloaded simultaneously.
However, the PlayStation file sizes come to around 110 gig and are downloaded separately.
Update: A previous version of this story said HDR was not available in the game on PS5 due to our own experiences with the settings. This is not the case for all users and we regret the error. The copy above has been updated to better reflect the quality options between the two consoles.