If pre-release footage of CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 has you pining for a high-end PC to push those pixels, you may want to hold off on that purchase. Nvidia has announced that Cyberpunk 2077 will be playable on the GeForce Now streaming service at launch, complete with support for Nvidia's RTX ray tracing features.
GeForce Now is the second streaming platform that Cyberpunk 2077's been confirmed for, as it's also slated for a release on Google Stadia. It'll almost assuredly serve as a major performance benchmark between the two platforms; in a recent analysis, Digital Foundry judged that although GeForce Now limits its resolution to 1080p, it provided a better experience on Metro Exodus than Stadia's 4K stream locked to 30 FPS.
Performance aside, Nvidia's streaming service is not without its own launch problems. As it left beta earlier this month, several developers and publishers pulled their games from the service. Activision Blizzard soon followed. GeForce Now is intended to work with any games a user already owns on PC through a digital platform like Steam or GOG so long as the publisher supports it—Nvidia says it hopes the companies that have opted out will return to the service in the future.
The announcement is good news if you have an underpowered PC, a Mac, an Nvidia Shield, or compatible Android device and are hoping to play Cyberpunk 2077. Google Chromebooks are the next device Nvidia is targeting for GeForce Now compatibility.
Prior to CD Projekt Red's delay announcement last month, it said that it would not target a release for Cyberpunk 2077 on the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X near "the launch timeframe of those consoles." Still, considering that CD Projekt Red anticipates that the multiplayer mode won't come until after 2021, it seems very likely that Cyberpunk 2077 will be a title that we see live and mature over multiple generations of hardware and across iterations of game streaming platforms.
Thankfully, adding support for GeForce Now shouldn't add to CD Projekt Red's post-delay crunch, as the service uses standard PC builds of the games in its catalogue. Cyberpunk 2077 will launch on September 17, 2020 for Xbox One, PS4, PC, and GeForce Now. Before the delay, CD Projekt Red said the Stadia version would launch later in the same year.