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Cyberpunk 2077 has released a patch that gives it unbelievable graphics, but almost no one can run it

CD Projekt Red has just released a new patch that adds Ray Tracing Overdrive to Cyberpunk 2077, which is so awesome barely anyone can run it on their current PC hardware.

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“This update is genuinely mind blowing. It is, in many ways, the most technically impressive game you can play right now. Path-tracing is the future...but we’re still in the earliest of days.” With these words, John Linneman was referring to Cyberpunk 2077 after the new update that the game received. Called “ray tracing overdrive,” the patch brings lighting and reflections to a level never seen before. And who is this Linneman guy? Well, one of the managers of Digital Foundry, the channel specializing in comparisons which has already broken down the game to show a before and after of Night City in this new update.

Who can rock Cyberpunk 2077 in ray tracing overdrive mode?

The only problem with the update is that you would need to be the lucky owner of a graphics card from the Nvidia 40 series to enjoy it. The cheapest option of these, the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, goes for around $799 USD (we repeat, the cheapest). Aware that this leaves out most of the players, CD Projekt RED has advised that owners of a GeForce RTX 3090 GPU can also run ray tracing overdrive mode, although only at 1080p and 30 fps at best.

The company is delighted to see itself in possession of the crown once held by Crysis and has even boasted promising that computers with 8GB of VRAM will be able to do captures in photo mode that will be rendered with path tracing as if we had done them with the update running. So that we at least have a little piece of heaven and see what we are missing.

Who was going to tell us that after those tumultuous beginnings, Cyberpunk 2077 would come out on top, it would continue to release updates two years later, preparing an expansion for June and even a sequel known as Project Orion?