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Here's how the Cyberpunk 2077 PS5 / Xbox Series X upgrade works and when it's coming

(Image credit: CD Projekt Red)

Now that Cyberpunk 2077 is out in the wild, you're probably wondering when that shiny PS5/Xbox Series X upgrade is coming and how it works. Especially with the performance issues players are dealing with on the current version, the next-gen update is particularly enticing.

If you've been patiently waiting for the Cyberpunk 2077 next-gen update to play the game, we regret to report that you're going to be waiting a fair bit. CD Projekt Red recently released a roadmap for Cyberpunk 2077 that dates the next-gen update for the latter half of 2021.

Though CD Projekt has committed to continuous patches to improve Cyberpunk 2077 performance across all platforms, a lot of folks are holding off on playing the game until the full-fledged PS5/Xbox Series X update launches. For that reason, let's break down what we know about the upcoming update and when exactly we can expect it to release.

Cyberpunk 2077 PS5 and Xbox Series X upgrade release date

(Image credit: CD Projekt Red)

You can play the PS4 and Xbox One version of Cyberpunk 2077 on your PS5 or Xbox Series X/S right now, but CD Projekt is working on an update that takes advantage of current-gen hardware and (hopefully) irons out most of the bugs and performance issues we're seeing with the current-gen version.

Developer CD Projekt Red has released a roadmap for the future of Cyberpunk 2077 that has the next-gen update launching sometime in 2021, specifically the second half of the year.

"For those who are playing the game on next-gen consoles via backwards compatibility, we are planning the free, next-gen update for Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox Series consoles, and PlayStation 5, this year. We're aiming for the second half of the year and we’ll reveal more when we have more to share."

It's worth noting that the Cyberpunk 2077 next-gen upgrade will be free if you already own the game on last-gen consoles. When originally confirming the Xbox Series X Cyberpunk 2077 upgrade, CD Projekt Red said (via Twitter) that "gamers should never be forced to purchase the same game twice or pay for upgrades," and we've seen nothing to indicate that's going to change.