With as much hype as Cyberpunk 2077 received leading up to its launch, it was inevitable that the game would endure relentless complaining around the web about everything minor. Unfortunately for CD Projekt, however, the game did actually launch in a poor state – a reality that’s forced us to postpone our official benchmarking with the game.
As soon as the game launched, community forums all over lit up with complaints of performance issues and bugs (on all platforms) that either prevented progress, or crashed them to the desktop or dashboard. Most PC gamer friends we’ve talked to have experienced minor bugs that haven’t stopped them from playing, but have been off-putting, nonetheless. One, however, has run into a roadblocking bug: a crash-to-desktop when trying to use a vehicle.
We haven’t done any official benchmarking with Cyberpunk 2077 yet for reasons that should be obvious by now, since we’re going to see patches come out that will change the end picture. The game still doesn’t support ray tracing features on Radeon hardware, which is another clear reason the game needs more updates before it can be considered stable or worthwhile to test.
It was discovered just the other day that the game doesn’t even use all CPUs correctly, with AMD’s in particular being hit due to the game’s ignorance of the hardware’s SMT capabilities. Intel doesn’t suffer that bug, and those with high core count Ryzens are less likely to be impacted. Any Zen gamer with a lower core count CPU has the option of hex editing the game’s executable to change one value to enable more proper multi-threading (seen in the linked thread above).
It really is unfortunate that Cyberpunk 2077 has launched in such a rough state, but in many ways, it’s not entirely surprising. It seemed more obvious as time went on, and as more delays hit, that the game could have made good use of extra development time – but gamer patience was already being stretched quite thin.
CD Projekt is hard at work on game patches, so we’re hopeful that the performance and bug situation will be much improved over the next week. If you’re on the fence about buying the game because of performance issues, you should wait – unless you’re tolerant of trouble-shooting.