Pre-Order If You Want to Play ASAP
If you want to play Cyberpunk 2077 the second it's released, you'll want to pre-order a digital copy.
We don't expect CD Project Red to release a demo ahead of the game's release date which means your first chance to play the game will probably be on September 17th or the night of September 16th if you live in a western time zone.
If you buy a digital copy of the game you should be able to pre-load it onto your platform of choice ahead of the game's release later this year.
Pre-loading the file ahead of time will allow you to jump right in when the game unlocks at 12AM Eastern on the 16th.
If you buy a physical copy you won't get your delivery until the morning, afternoon, or night of September 17th. For some of you, that might not be ideal.