Cyberpunk 2077 Will Not Support Ray-Tracing At Launch (For Most Of Us)

Those looking forward to ray-tracing in CD Projekt Red’s upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 might be out of luck according to a new developer interview, as it’s been revealed that the game won’t support ray-tracing for most players.

According to an interview with PC Gamer magazine, the art director of Cyberpunk 2077 Jakup Knapik has revealed that the game will not support ray-tracing technology for most systems when the game releases next month.

V hiding behind a wall
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However, that doesn’t mean that everyone will miss out on the luscious ray-tracing technology, because you’ll be able to experience Night City in all of its neon-lit glory – as long as you’re a PC gamer that uses an Nvidia graphics card.

At launch, the issue is with AMD graphic cards, which when Cyberpunk 2077 releases, will not support ray-tracing in the game. 

A Cyberpunk boss wielding a weapon
Credit: CD Projekt Red

Unfortunately, this problem is not exclusive to PC gamers seeing as both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S use AMD graphic cards too. This essentially means that next-gen consoles will also miss out initially on the gorgeous enhancements that ray-tracing technology brings. 

To give you a taste of what you might be missing out on, you can check out the Deep Dive Video from Nvidia, showing-off ray-tracing below.

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Thankfully, despite the vast majority of Cyberpunk 2077 players not being able to experience ray-tracing at launch, this doesn’t mean that we’ll miss out entirely. 

This is due to the fact that ray-tracing can and will eventually be implemented into AMD graphic card owners on PC, as well as for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S players, we’ll just have to be a little patient until that happens. 

A post-launch patch is planned, though we don’t know exactly when it will release, other than it being in 2021 (at the time of writing).

Woman in a bar in Cyberpunk 2077
Credit: CD Projekt Red

Recently, Cyberpunk 2077 has gone Gold, which means that the game has finished its main stages of development, ready to hit retail next month. 

Cyberpunk 2077 will release for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Google Stadia on November 19th.  Those that pick-up the game on PS4 or Xbox One, will also be entitled to a free next-gen upgrade when they’re able to make the leap.

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