Cyberpunk 2077's next-gen version finally launched this week after months of delays. It’s pretty good if you’re on PlayStation 5, particularly because of the haptics, but the re-release also addressed myriad bugs with its massive 50 GB patch. Not everyone is enjoying the new update, though, as PlayStation 4 owners report the physical disc version of the game is totally busted.
Developer CD Projekt Red dropped patch 1.5 on Tuesday, which introduced additions (like new cosmetics for V) and improvements (such as tweaking NPC AI so that they’re a bit smarter). The game’s still missing some rather necessary content, including a New Game Plus mode, but Cyberpunk 2077's next-gen launch pushes the game closer to the state it should have been in at release. Unfortunately, while fixing some things, CDPR seems to have broken other things, including the PS4 disc version.
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According to users all over the internet, from Twitter to the developer’s official forum pages, the physical version of Cyberpunk 2077 on every iteration of the PS4 continuously brings up launch errors. PS4 owners who’ve installed patch 1.5 say they’ve encountered corrupted data messages when attempting to start the game, with the nearly 10-year-old system asking them to delete the application, insert the disc again, and reinstall the game. However, this series of steps doesn’t appear to fix the start-up problems.
“After installing [the update] on my PS4 Pro, I get the message that the game file is corrupted,” user Gabidu wrote on CDPR’s forums. “I already deleted the file and reinstalled, deleted my saves and recreated the PS4 database through safe mode, but the problem persists.”
“I wanna cry,” wrote one Twitter user. “This is the second time receiving this [corrupted data message while] trying to play Cyberpunk 2077 since the patch. PS4 disc users apparently are screwed.”
CDPR global community director Marcin Momot posted on the developer’s forums page that the studio is aware of the issue and is investigating solutions. It’s unclear what’s causing these launch errors for the PS4 disc version of Cyberpunk 2077, but it’s not the only platform experiencing problems, either. Momot added that CDPR is looking into crash issues on PC, which he said are likely caused by audio software conflicts. As such, Momot suggested PC users disable audio drivers before launching the game. Such a temporary fix currently doesn’t exist for PS4 users yet.
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It’s a bummer. The game was busted for months after launch. It was so busted that Sony pulled Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation store for six months, and even when it did return, the game still had issues. It makes you wonder when, if ever, Cyberpunk 2077 will reach a stable state.
Kotaku has reached out to CD Projekt Red for comment.
Update, 2/19/22, 12:05 p.m. ET: CD Projekt Red released an update for the PS4 version of Cyberpunk 2077 earlier today. It appears to have fixed the issue that led to the game failing to launch after the most recent patch.
Based on the number of people sharing screenshots of the game, now playable on PS4, it seems this new patch has fixed things.