Great news for Cyberpunk 2077 fans! The game’s new Overdrive mode is set to enhance the game with photorealistic graphics that incorporate full ray tracing. While the game has already been given two years of constant fine-tuning and patches to transform it on PC, this new update will take the visuals to a whole new level.
What is Overdrive mode?
Cyberpunk 2077’s Overdrive mode is set to enhance the game even further with full ray tracing. This technology more accurately simulates light throughout an entire scene, which is a first for gaming. Ray tracing has been used on film and TV sets for some time now, and it’s about time that video games caught up.
The new Nvidia 40-series graphics cards
This use of ray tracing technology in video games is now possible thanks to the new Nvidia 40-series graphics cards. These new cards are built specifically to handle the demands of these maxed-out graphics. The caveat to this is that these new GPUs are relatively expensive, with prices starting at $800 for the RTX 4070 Ti and going up to $1,600 for the RTX 4090.
Nvidia DLSS 3
Another key factor in this photorealistic upgrade is Nvidia’s DLSS 3 technology. This technology gives a massive boost to frame rates when the mode is applied. Without DLSS 3, Cyberpunk 2077 will run at around 17 frames per second with Overdrive mode on, but with DLSS 3 active, that number increases to around 128fps.
What does this mean for the game?
This means that every neon sign, street lamp, LED billboard, car headlight, and other sources of light will now be ray-traced, giving each object accurate lighting. However, to achieve these graphics, players will need to invest in the latest hardware that can handle the game’s demands.
What’s next for Cyberpunk 2077?
This update arrives well ahead of Cyberpunk 2077’s Phantom Liberty expansion, which will only be available on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S. Set to launch sometime later in 2023, CD Projekt Red will reveal more information on the expansion in June. Furthermore, development on a Cyberpunk 2077 sequel has already begun, and a new studio has been formed in the US to work on the game.
The Cyberpunk 2077 community will be ecstatic to hear about the game’s new Overdrive mode set to go live on April 11. Even more thrilling is the fact that the game’s visuals will more closely mimic reality thanks to full ray tracing. The only downside is the cost of upgrading hardware to match the demands of the game. However, this is still an exciting development for one of the most highly anticipated games of the decade.