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Cyberpunk is finally back on PlayStation, but Sony warns: ‘PS4 is not recommended’
Sony warns players “continue to experience performance issues with this game”
Six months after being pulled from sale, Cyberpunk 2077 finally returned to the PlayStation Store on Monday, but Sony has warned that purchasing the game for base PS4 consoles “is not recommended”.
A new warning on the game’s PlayStation Store page (pictured below) reads: “Users continue to experience performance issues with this game. Purchase for use on PS4 systems is not recommended. For the best Cyberpunk experience on PlayStation, play on PS4 Pro and PS5 systems.”
CD Projekt posted its own message noting that PS4 Pro and PS5 will provide “the best experience” for Cyberpunk, but it did not discourage play on base PS4 systems as in Sony’s message.
“Users may continue to experience some performance issues with the PS4 edition while we continue to improve stability across all platforms,” it wrote. “The PS4 Pro and PS5 versions of the game will provide the best experience on PlayStation.”
Microsoft has been selling the game online with a similar warning message since shortly after its release, noting that “users may experience performance issues when playing this game on Xbox One consoles until this game is updated.”
Cyberpunk 2077 has been unavailable on the PlayStation Store since December 17, 2020.
Following three delays, the highly anticipated RPG released on December 10 with a host of technical problems, most notably on PS4 and Xbox One, resulting in the title being pulled entirely from the PlayStation Store a week after its release.
At the time, CD Projekt pledged to improve the title with future patches – it said March 2021’s 1.2 update included over 500 improvements – but also said customers not wanting to keep the game could opt for a refund.
Asked about the same situation in late March, CD Projekt’s SVP of business development, Michał Nowakowski, said Cyberpunk 2077’s absence from Sony’s digital storefront was possibly hurting sales across all platforms.
Asked to provide an updated sales forecast for the game, he didn’t offer a figure, but said sales would be heavily impacted by two major factors – the game’s PS5 and Xbox Series X/S release in the second half of the year, and its return to the PlayStation Store.
Earlier this month, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan commented for the first time on Cyberpunk 2077’s removal from the PlayStation Store.
“This was a tough decision for us to make, but ultimately, we had to act in the interests of the PlayStation Community, and not knowingly sell a game that might result in a bad experience for them,” he told Axios.