Games Inbox: Will Cyberpunk 2077 be out this year?
The morning Inbox advises against buying a new video game console on day one, as one reader is already tired of hearing about 8K.
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I see the rumour going around at the moment about Cyberpunk 2077 is that it was aiming for a 2019 release but that’s either been abandoned or is about to be. I think a lot of people just thought CD Projekt were being coy about the next gen versions and assuming they were the only ones (which is perfectly reasonable based on the in-game graphics and the proximity to the next gen).
I wonder if the stories about CD Projekt having a bad office environment meant that the only way they could’ve got it out this year would’ve been a crunch, and the didn’t want to risk the bad publicity. Either way, I really can’t see how the current gen consoles can do the game justice based on what we’ve seen.
I don’t believe for a second that the game is going to look anywhere near as good as it does in the gameplay video on current consoles and I’d personally rather just wait for the PlayStation 5. It’d actually be a good excuse to get one, given the state of most console’s first couple of years, so I’m happy to wait. I’ll be interested to see how they tackle the subject at E3 though and if they announce a release date. But my bet is the Cyberpunk 2077 will not be out this year.
Am I being silly or are most people that buy a new console on release day asking for trouble? As usual I will wait and see what issues come up and more than likely wait until v2 is released before I commit to a new smaller and hopefully cheaper version.
From memory the only console I got as it came out was my Wii and that had to be repaired within the warranty period (disc drive failed, which was an issue with the Wii at the time). I got a first generation Xbox 360 (used) and had to send it in with Red Light of Death fault.
As the tech gets more complicated it needs more time to test but these companies have investors to please so the consumer is the final tester and usually gets the poo end of the stick.
Wait and benefit from the early adopters and save yourself the grief of customer service calls.
I wanted to say a big thanks to GC and Simundo Jones for the advice on my PlayStation VR Vs. Oculus Quest dilemma. I feel Simundo Jones hit the nail on the head when he said that, in my circumstances, choosing either would mean compromising.
I’m not sure I can wait for a PlayStation VR 2 or Oculus Quest 2 release, as who knows how many years they may realistically take and it’d mean missing out on a lot of quality of games/experiences already on offer. GC’s advice on waiting to see the regularity of Quest game releases was a great shout, in theory.
In line with this, I was all ready to wait a while before investing in VR. That was until stanley71 brought the Days of Play PlayStation VR deal to my attention – £209.99 for PSVR with five games has probably made my decision for me!
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In a quarter of a century we have had console announcements such as the N64 with its revolutionary control pad and unveiling great games such as Super Mario 64, GoldenEye 007, Pilotwings 64, etc. Plus the potential of the ultimate arcade experience delivered in our living rooms with the original PlayStation and Sega Saturn confirming heavyweights such as Ridge Racer, Tekken, Virtua Fighter, Daytona USA, etc.
And now the PlayStation 5 is being announced and all we have to get excited about is 8K, which barely anyone will notice and slightly faster loading times! Oh, wait a minute I can hear a foghorn, boooooorrrrrrrriiiiiiinnnnnng!
PS: The biggest compliment I can pay Cuphead is that I can’t decide whether this or SNES Super Probotector is the best run and gun/boss fight game ever.
GC: The loading time demonstration wasn’t meant to be seen by the public and the Wired article – the only time Sony has openly spoken about the PlayStation 5 – mentions 8K only in passing.
Video game plumbers
The reader who was talking about Sonic The Hedgehog 2006 and its legendary status as an incoherent mess should check out AVGN (Angry Video Game Nerd) on YouTube. He’s got about 150 episodes where he reviews the worst games and consoles of all time. Sega 32X, Virtua Boy, Amiga CD32, Atari 5200 all get a kicking but it’s his loyal followers who’ve dug out some truly ghastly titles that I’d never heard of previously.
Superman 64 and co. all get mentioned (there’s two episodes on Sonic The Hedgehog 2006) but it’s the unknown horrors of Hong Kong 97, Big Rigs 2000, Drake Of The 99 Dragons, and Desert Bus that really do open your eyes to the bleakness of video game hell.
I’d personally go with his review of Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties on the 3DO (any reader who actually owned one please write in) as the worst of the lot. He’s prone to using scatological terminology so not everyone may enjoy his brand of humour but they’re worth watching just to show gamers the murky dark depths of video game torture.
Lord Monty Don Mont du Baton
RE: zx-ninja and motion sickness in VR.
I get really bad motion sickness as a passenger in cars, unless I’m staring out the window. Literally more than 30 seconds looking at my phone while a vehicle is moving will start to make me feel sick. While I can’t comment on the PlayStation VR specifically, I got an Oculus Rift a few days ago. Had the exact same concerns as you but had hardly any problems with motion sickness. Been playing it a lot too. Even played it with a hangover and felt fine.
See if there’s an arcade near you with Beat Saber to test how you feel.
PS: If you do buy a PlayStation VR, would highly recommend Superhot VR. Clumsily throwing hammers and ninja stars at enemies while poking out of imaginary cover is one of the most fun experiences I’ve had in a very long time.
It’s only cardboard
Just found a most awesome thing.
Played Super Mario Odyssey for the first time in ages, got option for VR. I grabbed a cheap mobile phone VR headset that I haven’t used in ages, the sort they sell in discount shops.
Worked a treat! Switch VR for a few quid.
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The game’s the thing
There’s been a lot of comparison, most of it probably not very relevant between Microsoft and Google’s streaming plans and the rise of Netflix. Considering everyone watches TV and only a small percentage play non-mobile games I’m not sure how helpful that is, but what does give me some optimism about the next gen is that if everyone’s using the same tech, more or less, then it will be the game’s that suddenly become the most important differentiator between everything.
Much has been talked about how Microsoft has dropped the ball with its first party games but they certainly seem to have changed direction on that in a hurry. And I don’t think Sony has been building its studio teams up just for the sake of a few BAFTAs.
Just as the quality of TV has increased enormously over the last few years, with different subscription services trying to tempt you in with their unique content, my hope is that this will happen with games too. It always has, to a degree, but if company’s claims of having the best graphics are going to become essentially meaningless then putting the games, and making them purposefully distinctive from their rivals, sounds like a very positive move forwards to me.
I don’t know if anyone has mentioned but Trials Evolution is backwards compatible with Xbox One now, so if you owned it on Xbox 360 like me you can now download it on the Xbox One.
Thought some readers might find this interesting, it’s previously unseen footage of what would have been Earthbound 64 on the, err… N64. Blink and you’ll miss it but at least it’s proof there was some work done on it.
This week’s Hot Topic
With E3 due to start in just a few days the subject for this weekend’s Inbox is obvious: what are you expecting out of the show and what are you most looking forwards to?
What are your predictions for the major announcements in terms of games, hardware, and things like new streaming services? What do you expect to hear from the likes of Microsoft and Nintendo and what games reveals are you most anticipating?
What are you resigned to not hearing about and what do you think will end up being the biggest news from the show this year? What unannounced games do you think might be revealed and what previously unseen ones do you think will make the biggest splash?
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