Cyberpunk 2077 file config edit may improve PC performance

By Dom Peppiatt
14 December 2020 17:19 GMT

Cyberpunk 2077‘s launch has been mired by complaints about performance issues, glitches, bugs, and more besides – but one file config edit may help fix a few of the game’s PC concerns.

Cyberpunk player “ThePhoenixRoyal” posted a curious fix on Reddit that shows that even high-end PCs can be dragged down by some questionable standard settings in the game’s config files.

It appears that many PC performance issues may stem from the fact that CD Projekt Red appears to have made it so configuration files allocate the same amount of memory and VRAM on PC as they would if the game were being played on Xbox or PlayStation.

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Once the issue is resolved, the Redditor found that the game runs and loads much faster, and can even turn up the various graphics settings much higher than they could before. The comments in the thread also suggest that other players have had similar success after altering the files.

ThePhoenixRoyal outlined how you can jump into these config files and fiddle about with them yourself. Note that diving into config files runs the risk of crashing the game or even Windows, so be sure to proceed at your own risk and understand the danger involved with digging through your files like this.

You can find the instructions – which another user in the thread has distilled into a handy guide – at the link.

CD Projekt Red staff are still bug hunting: last week’s patch fixed an issue where certain images could trigger seizures for people suffering from epilepsy, and CDPR has asked for patience after Cyberpunk 2077’s performance on PS4 and Xbox One kicks off refund campaigns for retailers around the world.

Elsewhere, Cyberpunk 2077 players on console are finding creative ways of dealing with the game’s shocking performance on PS4 and Xbox One.

If you have managed to begin your foray into Night City, here’s a guide to which life path you should choose for V in Cyberpunk 2077.

If you’d rather give your money to other Cyberpunk projects from marginalised creators, there’s an alternative Cyberpunk indie bundle on sale at right now.

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