The 2.0 update of Cyberpunk can burn your processor: you’ll need to buy liquid cooling for your CPU

The latest from CD Projekt Red seems to push our processor's capabilities to the limit

The 2.0 update of Cyberpunk can burn your processor: you’ll need to buy liquid cooling for your CPU
Chema Carvajal Sarabia

Chema Carvajal Sarabia

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When they announced the Phantom Liberty expansion at Gamescom, many of us were left scratching our heads. It had been delayed for over a year, and the promised content was extensive and highly ambitious. And, as we suspected, it comes with a serious optimization issue.

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According to CD Projekt Red’s lead level designer, Filip Pierściński, the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 update could cause overheating issues.

He stated this on Twitter yesterday. As per Pierściński’s comments, the upcoming 2.0 update next month and the Phantom Liberty expansion will put a significant strain on your system, with an expected workload of up to 90% on modern eight-core CPUs.

“Before releasing the 2.0 update of the game, please check your PC cooling systems,” the programmer wrote on Twitter.

“We’re using all you’ve got, so we expect a CPU workload of 90% on the 8 cores. To save you time, please run Cinebench or something similar and check the stability of your systems,” he concluded.

Obviously, Cyberpunk 2077 won’t burn your computer, as the components have temperature safeguards in case it exceeds 100 degrees Celsius, but what we can observe are performance bottlenecks due to heat.

It will be interesting to see how Cyberpunk 2077 performs on current PCs. Earlier this year, we reported that the Overdrive mode, which was added at that time, set a new benchmark for PC gaming.

Now, with the release of the free 2.0 update and the paid Phantom Liberty DLC, CD Projekt Red will further push current hardware to its limits. As a result, CDPR updated the game’s minimum and recommended PC requirements a few months ago. They now demand significantly more than the initial release.

The Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 update will be released soon alongside the Phantom Liberty expansion on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S on September 26, 2023.

Chema Carvajal Sarabia

Chema Carvajal Sarabia

Journalist specialized in technology, entertainment and video games. Writing about what I'm passionate about (gadgets, games and movies) allows me to stay sane and wake up with a smile on my face when the alarm clock goes off. PS: this is not true 100% of the time.

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