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'Cyberpunk 2077' On Ultra-Low Settings Is A Pixelated Nightmare

'Cyberpunk 2077' On Ultra-Low Settings Is A Pixelated Nightmare

If you squint you can just about see Keanu.

Ewan Moore

Ewan Moore

Cyberpunk 2077 doesn't run particularly well on last-gen consoles. We know this. It feels like the entirety of the last week was spent discussing this, to the extent that Sony has now pulled the sci-fi RPG from the PlayStation Store entirely and has promised refunds. Clearly Sony is as sick of hearing about the state of the game on consoles as we are talking about it.

But we're not here to talk about Cyberpunk 2077 on console. Let's leave all that to one side, as a treat. Instead, let's look at the state of Cyberpunk 2077 on PC. We already know that high-end PCs are far and away the best way to experience Night City, where the game looks truly and undeniably stunning. But what happens when you jack everything down to the lowest possible settings? Is it still feasible to enjoy the game in such a state?

As you can see below, the answer is "probably not". The brilliant LowSpecGamer is back once again, this time to see if one the year's biggest and most demanding games can run on a low-spec PC. That's the idea, anyway, but the real fun lies in watching him hammer down the settings until Cyberpunk 2077 starts to resemble a cancelled port for the Nintendo DS.

Take a look for yourself below, or via this link.

Our hero goes to some incredibly lengths to get the game running, taking many of the settings lower than any mere mortal might ever have ever dared to. Pesky things like hair and lip-syncing are removed - they only get in the way of the real action, after all.

Meanwhile, Night City starts to resemble a blurry watercolour painting that's been hastily thrown together by a toddler in a moving car. It's a mess, but I kind of love it. It also puts those pesky console versions into perspective, doesn't it?

I should point out that is obviously isn't the way CDPR intends Cyberpunk 2077 to run on any PC, and is very much the result of LowSpecGamer pushing everything to the absolute limit (or absolute depths, I guess would be more accurate). But hey, if the game can still run in this kind of state, we might just get a Nintendo Switch version after all. I'd genuinely be well up for that, graphical concessions and all.

Featured Image Credit: CD Projekt RED

Topics: News, PC, Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red