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Cyberpunk 2077 will get a free upgrade for PS5 and Xbox Series X at launch

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Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) will get a free upgrade for next-gen consoles at launch. PS4 and Xbox One owners of the game will get a "more robust" update for the PS5 (opens in new tab) and Xbox Series X (opens in new tab), CD Projekt Red has confirmed. 

The first Night City Wire stream (opens in new tab) clarifies that both consoles will get the upgrade. "Earlier in the year we announced that if you pick up Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox One you'll be able to play it on Xbox Series X when the console launches," the stream states. "If you pick up Cyberpunk 2077 on PS4, you'll also be able to play it on PS5 when the console launches. And that's not all. There will be a free upgrade for Xbox Series X and PS5, but we'll have more details on that soon."

The next-gen version of the game was previously discussed during a conference call (opens in new tab)with investors. The studio answered a question about the game running on next-gen consoles with, "At some point we're gonna have a more robust update for the next-gens, which we're planning to give free of charge to anybody who purchases PS4 or Xbox One versions." 

The call appears to have taken place to address the news that Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed again (opens in new tab) from September 17 to November 19. CD Projekt said in a statement yesterday that the decision to delay the game is a result of needing more time to go through all of the game's complex systems and fix a lot of bugs to make sure the game is the best it can be at launch. 

When asked whether the delay will affect the projected release of the next-gen version in 2021, the studio said they don't know when the patch will launch,"We're sure that it will be delivered next year, but it was not internally planned for a certain day. So, it's hard to say about the potential delay of the next-gen [version]."

We think getting a free next-gen update of the game makes it even more important to nail down a Cyberpunk 2077 pre-order (opens in new tab) right now - that's value right there.

Be sure to read our explainer for Xbox Series X Smart Delivery (opens in new tab) to get a full rundown on how the new feature works. 

Alyssa Mercante
Alyssa Mercante

Alyssa Mercante is an editor and features writer at GamesRadar based out of Brooklyn, NY. Prior to entering the industry, she got her Masters's degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University with a dissertation focusing on contemporary indie games. She spends most of her time playing competitive shooters and in-depth RPGs and was recently on a PAX Panel about the best bars in video games. In her spare time Alyssa rescues cats, practices her Italian, and plays soccer.