CD Projekt RED has urged players to make sure their PC cooling is up to scratch before they jump into the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty expansion. A lead developer on the project says the expansion and general game changes are going to put a heavy load on CPUs.
The Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty content is set to arrive on 26 September alongside the major Version 2.0 update which supposedly overhauls the way the base game is being played.
By the sound of things, the game changes arriving in Version 2.0 will be the major deciding factor on how well it runs on your PC. The tweaks to the base game as well as changes to the mechanics and general asset handling are going to require more CPU power than before.
According to Filip Pierściński, he recommends running CineBench on your PC to make sure everything is stable and your cooling holds up. He says:
Before [we] release Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 and Phantom Liberty please check conditions of your cooling systems in PC. We all use what you have, so workload on CPU 90% on 8 core is expected. To save your time please run Cinebench or similar and check stability of your systems.”
CineBench has a free version where you can test your CPU performance. During the test, the program will render a 3D scene multiple times over and utilize 100% of your CPU. Be sure to monitor the cooling of your PC and how your fans are running while all this is happening.
While I don’t expect Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty to be overly demanding on top of the base game, there might be general improvements to the game which require a bit more power. We’ll have to see how this all weighs up when it launches on 26 September.
At the moment, Cyberpunk 2077 is a staple for benchmark users. I personally use the game in all my GPU and CPU reviews. While the game itself has a questionable level of enjoyment, the experience definitely puts your PC to the test.