The Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) gameplay footage revealed at last year's Gamescom event has been upscaled to 8k, and the result is something to behold. Even on a regular-ol' 1080p monitor, it's easy to spot the 8k footage compared to the 4k scenes we got late last year.
The upscaled footage comes courtesy of Ani HVX on YouTube (opens in new tab) and Preston Dortsch (opens in new tab) on Twitter. The upscaler used a similar tech to Nvidia's DLSS to render the footage in 4k, and it sounds like we're likely to see more of the same from Dortsch with future Cyberpunk 2077 videos. "I'll be properly upscaling whatever future video content CDPR releases over the game so keep your eyes peeled for that," Dortsch wrote on Reddit (opens in new tab).
And if you're curious how 8k footage looks any different than 4k footage on your 1080p or 4k monitor, don't worry, I was too. According to Reddit user Tencer386 (opens in new tab), it boils down to a higher bitrate. Apparently, compression is another factor on top of resolution that determines image quality in online videos. Listen, I'm no videophile - all I know is that Cyberpunk 2077 in 8k made me cry.
Cyberpunk 2077 in 8k also gives us a decent idea of what to expect visually from the Xbox Series X port (opens in new tab), which CD Projekt has confirmed will come after the system launches as a free upgrade to anyone with the Xbox One version. Of course, Cyberpunk 2077's visuals are sure to impress no matter what console you're playing.
Cyberpunk 2077's content ratings leaked (opens in new tab) today, and apparently, CD Projekt doesn't "f*** around."