- 1 Game-Changer in Cyberspace
- 2 End of the Road for HDDs
- 3 An Evolution or Exclusion?
- 4 Striking a Balance
The highly-anticipated expansion for Cyberpunk 2077, Phantom Liberty, has its system requirements announced. The shocking twist: traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) will no longer receive developer support. So what does this mean for the gamers?
Game-Changer in Cyberspace
In an evening filled with anticipation, the new Phantom Liberty trailer graced the screens, followed by CD Projekt Red (CDPR) spilling the beans about the expansion’s system requirements. At the heart of this revelation: a mandatory GeForce GTX1060 6GB or Radeon RX 580 8GB to achieve a minimum of 1080p at 30fps.
End of the Road for HDDs
Another head-turning news – the game developers are planning to pull the plug on HDD support, choosing to optimize the game performance for solid-state drives (SSDs). According to CDPR, “SSDs offer faster loading times, improved streaming, and better overall performance when compared to HDDs.”
An Evolution or Exclusion?
The amendment doesn’t mean an instant halt for HDD-equipped machines meeting the old minimum spec. However, the development team will “discontinue active support for them and stop testing the game on those setups.” This move could be perceived as a step forward in gaming technology, or an exclusive path leaving some gamers behind.
Striking a Balance
CDPR’s transparency in setting system requirements stands out. Contrary to companies releasing vague minimum, recommended, and ‘best’ system requirements, Phantom Liberty avoids confusion by explicitly stating performance expectations.
In conclusion, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty is stepping into a new era of gaming tech. HDD users might find the transition tough, but as the saying goes, “evolution is the name of the game.”