Cyberpunk 2077 was in a notoriously rough state on last-gen consoles when it launched last year, to the point that Sony kicked it off the PlayStation Store outright. It remained unavailable on the PlayStation platform for a full six months, until it was finally returned on June 21 with a warning from Sony that it still runs like crap.
“IMPORTANT NOTICE: Users continue to experience performance issues with this game,” the Cyberpunk 2077 page on the PlayStation Store says, right at the very top. “Purchase for use on PS4 systems is not recommended. For the best Cyberpunk experience on PlayStation, play on PS4 Pro and PS5 systems.”
That official pessimism, plus bad word of mouth and a Metacritic aggregate score of just 57%, does not appear to have dampened interest in the game: According to a PlayStation Blog update, Cyberpunk 2077 was the top downloaded game on the PlayStation 4 in both North America and Europe, beating out GTA5, FIFA 21, NBA 2K21, and Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War, despite being available for purchase for only nine days.
It’s unexpected, but perhaps not all shocking. Cyberpunk 2077 was a buggy mess at launch and its scope was more restrictive than many CD Projekt fans were expecting, but it wasn’t a fundamentally bad game: As James said in his comprehensive review, it’s “a pretty good RPG in an amazing setting absolutely sick with bugs.”