Anyone playing Cyberpunk 2077 on the PlayStation 4 could almost mistake Night City for a ghost town by now.
It’s a compromise that CD Projekt makes to improve the game’s performance on the console, most recently with the new patch 1.23 for the sci-fi RPG.
If, like me, you’ve played the PC version of the title, you’ll know that there may well be some vehicles and townspeople on and off the roads. This video of the PC version also shows that.
The following video shows you gameplay from version 1.1 on the PS4, which was the first major patch for the game after several hotfixes. Differences are immediately apparent, but pedestrians and cars are present (via Forbes):
However, to further stabilize performance in the new patch 1.23, there now seems to be even less traffic in Night City.
Just have a look at this video after patch 1.23:
The performance definitely seems more stable than in version 1.1, but still not perfect. And vehicles and pedestrians rarely appear. All around, too, everything is still far from perfect. Pop-ins and textures loading are noticeable, for example.
In fact, it looks like the last-gen is still clearly overtaxed with Cyberpunk 2077.
This is the last patch to be released before the game returns to the PlayStation Store – and the patch notes didn’t even list any PlayStation-specific optimizations or changes.
Sony even recommended that you play the game on PS4 Pro or PS5 if you want the best gaming experience on Sony platforms.
“SINCE June 21, 2021, we can confirm that Cyberpunk 2077 will once again be listed on the PlayStation Store,” Sony announced this week. “Users will still experience performance issues with the PS4 version, while CD Projekt Red continues to improve stability on all platforms. THEY recommend playing the title on PS4 Pro or PS5 for the best experience.”