Cyberpunk 2077's most recent update — patch 1.6.1 — released about a week ago, but those lazy gits over at Digital Foundry have only just got around to telling us whether it actually does anything of note on PS5. We're just kidding, of course, but when the aforementioned update hit the current-gen console, the patch notes mentioned something called "support for AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution 2.1" — and we've been dying to hear Digital Foundry's take on it.
Basically, AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution 2.1 is a clever slice of tech that allows for better upscaling during gameplay, often improving performance in the process. This technique has now been implemented in the PS5 version of Cyberpunk 2077 with patch 1.6.1, and it does apparently make a difference across both graphical modes.
Although the game's native resolution doesn't see any noticeable boosts, but FSR2 does provide a sharper image, especially during "static moments". Digital Foundry breaks it down: "FSR2 does genuinely improve image quality, whether it be in static shots, in motion, in dealing with aliasing, or even in instances of disocclusion — where objects in the foreground move, revealing previously hidden detail." In other words, Cyberpunk 2077 generally looks better than ever on PS5 with this update.
Meanwhile, things like character hair and other finer details are now handled better as the game streams its assets. They still kind of fade into reality every now and then, but it's apparently much less of a distraction. Overall, players can expect better visual clarity throughout Night City, which is great.
Digital Foundry concludes: "Overall FSR2 is a net win for all new consoles, intelligently picking out the details we want enhanced, while also addressing issues with the image, like ghosting on movement and the flickering on hair. There's more stability, fewer distractions, and a greater push for detail at range."
Have you been playing Cyberpunk 2077 since the update? Have you noticed any of these improvements? Return to Night City in the comments section below.