CD Project Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 gets a new performance mode for Xbox Series S, an official tool to install and create mods, and a big upgrade to outfits via 1.6 edge runners update, which was announced alongside the phantom freedom DLC pack. Like the DLC, it looks like most future game updates will be for next-gen consoles only; the company says 1.6 will be “the last major update” for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The update is available for download today for all platforms (though modding tools are limited to PC), including last-gen consoles. On Xbox Series X, it’s a 39.6GB download.
The new wardrobe feature — which some players will know as the “transmog” system — lets you change outfits without changing your armor rating or other stats. This could help avoid a common problem with RPGs, where the player is forced to choose between an outfit that looks cool and one that has better stats. (And I certainly welcome it as someone who almost always picks first.) You’ll also be able to preview clothes when you buy them from a vendor.
The patch also adds cross-platform saves for logged in users. This means you can load your Steam Deck save file from your PS5 and pick up where you left off. (Although there are some caveats if you live in a place where some of the game content is censored, such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Japan).
For PC players, CD Projekt Red is releasing a tool called REDmod with the update. While the game has supported mods for over a year, the company says the official tool will help people manage and install mods as well as create them. According to the REDmod site, it will allow you to add your own sounds, animations and scripts to the game.
The update also includes a variety of small additions. The Xbox Series S gets the Performance Mode setting from the Series X, allowing the game to hit 60fps while keeping the resolution between 800p and 1080p. Some of the content added in patch 1.6, including “new gear and photo mode features”, will be linked to the next Cyberpunk: Edge Runners anime which will be released on Netflix next week.
For fans of CD Projekt’s other great franchise, the witcher, there’s now an in-game arcade that lets you play a game featuring Geralt’s horse. It looks very similar to Google Chrome’s dinosaur game, where you constantly run, jump and dodge to avoid obstacles, and the company is releasing it as a separate app for Android and iOS.
For details on the new weapons and gigs that have been added to Cyberpunk 2077, you can check out the CD Projekt Red stream above. The stream also includes a nice demo of how you can add a cat to the game’s photo mode.
Updated September 6, 4:31 p.m. ET: Clarified that the wardrobe feature adds transmogrification to the game.