Bugs what we noticed.
1. Cyberpunk 2077 crashing and other stability issues
While it’s far from uncommon with many releases today, various players report Cyberpunk 2077 crashing on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC. While we did not experience crashes in our PC coverage, it’s something worth noting headed into launch. CD Projekt Red promised “various crash fixes” with its day-one patch, although it still remains widespread at launch.
2. Scripting issues impacting NPCs, world, and more
While Cyberpunk 2077 has demonstrated various miscellaneous issues, many stem from extensive scripting issues that may fail to trigger gameplay events or how events play out in the game world. These can be small disruptions like incorrect animations and audio, or game-breaking issues like doors not opening or characters seemingly missing. Reloading your game save often corrects these issues, but it may cause some unwanted frustration in your playthrough. This appears to be the root cause of many problems with the game at launch.
3. Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox One and PS4 versions have… issues
With Cyberpunk 2077 bridging generations, Xbox One and PS4 users have reported a fair share of problems on the consoles. The base Xbox One and PS4 versions appear to be the worse impacted, with low resolutions and framerates, although most likely showcasing hardware limitations rather than early bugs. Those on Xbox One and PS4, including Xbox One X and PS4 Pro consoles, also report crashes, texture pop-in, stuttering, and more. As these appear to be underlying issues with the game, no workaround can be provided right now. Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PlayStation 5 consoles appear to improve the many problems, although they aren’t trouble-free.
4. Reloading game doesn’t accurately restore game state
As noted in our Cyberpunk 2077 review, reloading any instance of the world may not accurately reflect your previous game state. Our previous encounters with this bug came with Quick Saves and respawning after death, which often reset various gameplay aspects. On multiple occasions, reloading an earlier save file would reset enemy positions, even if they were previously distracted or moved. We also saw combat states retained after dying, meaning you may respawn mid-combat. While we’ve found no formal workaround, try to be mindful of where you’re saving.
5. ‘Woah! Cyberpunk 2077 has flatlined’ error
Many PC users have reported this error message when trying to start Cyberpunk 2077 at launch. The underlying cause remains unknown, but it indicates a game-breaking issue that prevents the title from running. Restarting your PC, or updating to the latest available GPU drivers, has corrected this for some.
6. Poor performance on PC
Many PC users report low performance with Cyberpunk 2077, noting low GPU utilization when playing the title. This means the game isn’t using the full potential of your system, as a potential cause for poor framerates. Many have found updating your GPU drivers to the latest available versions, usually through NVIDIA or AMD, often corrects the issue.
7. Low quality textures
Especially on Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game, Cyberpunk 2077 appears to utilize extremely low texture quality across its open world. While it’s unclear whether CD Projekt Red hopes to improve this with future updates, it’s an unfortunate eyesore plaguing the launch. On PC, try improve your texture quality via the graphics settings menu.
8. Crackling audio on PC
Some users have reported issues with crackling audio when playing Cyberpunk 2077 on Windows PCs. This often appears to be tied to the chosen sample rate and bit depth in Windows, although it makes for a five-second fix. Right-click your sound icon in the Windows taskbar, navigating to
Open Sound settings > Device properties (Output) > Additional device properties > Advanced on your system. Reducing the sample rate to 96000Hz or lower appears to fix the problem in most cases.
9. Ray tracing not available with AMD graphics cards
CD Projekt Red has announced that ray tracing won’t be available for AMD GPUs when playing Cyberpunk 2077 at launch. However, the manufacturer is working with the studio to implement ray tracing support across its newest graphics cards with a future post-launch update. In the meantime, any ray tracing options are absent from in-game menus, and users will need NVIDIA hardware to experience ray tracing for now.
10. Enemies may see you through walls, or when dead
Many Cyberpunk 2077 players have already reported issues with enemies spotting players through walls, which may cause headaches for stealth players. It also appears the game may not register bodies as dead in some circumstances, so enemies might be when walking past some dead bodies. We encountered both issues throughout a mission set in an Arasaka warehouse, although your mileage may vary.
As far as my knowledge goes, Witcher had the same problems and they got it rectified. Give them some time and they will surely give us a great and entertaining game for the decade.