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9 Things to Do Before the Cyberpunk 2077 Release Date

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If you’re thinking about buying Cyberpunk 2077 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Windows PC there are some things you should consider before the game arrives next year.

CD Projekt Red, the developer behind the popular Witcher series, is planning to release its next big game in 2020. Assuming it doesn’t get delayed, Cyberpunk 2077, a sequel to Mike Pondsmith’s pen and paper RPG Cyberpunk 2020, is slated to go on sale April 16th, 2020 around the world.

Like The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077 is a single-player roleplaying game with an intriguing storyline, a huge cast of characters, powerful weapons and gadgets, and lots of choice. For instance you can beat the game without killing anyone.

It’s one of 2020’s most anticipated games and it’s currently up for pre-order ahead of its release date.

There are currently two versions of Cyberpunk 2077: A standard version and a Collector’s Edition that comes with interesting bonuses.

You can buy the Cyberpunk 2077 Standard Edition at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStopNewEgg, and Walmart. The Cyberpunk 2077 Collector’s Edition is also available at retailers like Best Buy, GameStop, and Walmart.

The release date is still months away, but there are some things you should do in the buildup to the game’s arrival. In this guide we’ll take you through a few things that might help prospective buyers and those who’ve already put in a Cyberpunk 2077 pre-order.

Decide If You Want to Pre-Order

While you might be tempted to buy Cyberpunk 2077 ahead of its release date, there are actually some legit reasons why you might want to hold off.

We’ve released a guide that will take you through the best reasons to, and not to, pre-order a copy right now and it’s worth a look if you’re currently on the fence.

Go through it and decide if it’s worth the investment right now. Remember, most retailers allow you to cancel a pre-order, free-of-charge, before a game ships.

That said, there are some retailers that will charge you for a game immediately. Sony is one of them. Something to think about if you aren’t prepared to cough up the cash for the game right now.

Buy the Correct Cyberpunk 2077 Edition

Again, retailers are currently selling two versions of the game. And while most people will probably want to go with a standard copy, there are a lot of things to like about the Collector’s Edition.

If you aren’t sure which one you want to buy, please take a look at our guide to the Cyberpunk 2077 editions. It will take you through each and make some recommendations.

Track the Collector’s Edition If You Want It

If you think you might want the Collector’s Edition, but don’t want to buy it right now, make sure you track its stock as we push toward the release date.

There’s no guarantee the Collector’s Edition will sell out ahead of April 16th, but there’s a chance that it does. There’s also a good chance we see temporary sell outs at various retailers throughout the year. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to check the bundle’s status at retailers in the United States.

For more on how to do that, please take a look at our guide.

Avoid Buying the Collector’s Edition on eBay

If you want the Collector’s Edition, want to play the game on April 16th, but don’t want to pay more than retail price for the bundle, make sure you pre-order ahead of time.

Again, there’s a chance the Collector’s Edition becomes hard to find ahead of the game’s release date. And that might push you to look at resale sites like eBay or Craigslist.

We’re already seeing the Collector’s Edition on eBay for $300+ and that price could jump next year in the buildup to the game’s release date.

We probably won’t see a ton of deals on this bundle so if you can find it for $250 and you can afford it, you’ll probably want to order.

Remember, you should be able to cancel if you decide you no longer want it.

Keep Tabs on Your Order

As we push toward 2020, make sure you keep an eye on your pre-order. This will help you avoid headaches.

Make sure your delivery information is up-to-date. If you recently moved, you might have forgotten to change your address. You’ll also want to make sure your payment information is correct.

And if you decide to pre-order the Collector’s Edition, make sure you check on it once in awhile to make sure everything is still good to go.

Buy an External Hard Drive If You Need One

Nothing is confirmed, but it sure looks like Cyberpunk 2077 will require a huge download.

Take a look at the game’s page on the PlayStation Store and you might notice that it says the game requires “80GB MINIMUM.” If that stands, it means you’ll need at least 80GB of free space on your internal hard drive.

The game is still in development which means the download size could certainly change, for better or worse. In other words, there’s a chance the game pushes the 100GB mark like Red Dead Redemption 2 did in 2018.

Either way, given the game’s scope, it’ll probably be much larger than your standard game. So if you plan on playing day one, and you’re running out of room, make sure you’re ready.

If you already have a huge internal and/or external hard drive, you should be good to go. However, if you’re rocking an older console with limited amount of space, you might want to invest in an external hard drive. Fortunately, you’ve got a ton of options to choose from.

The Samsung T5 Portable SSD is one of our favorites, but it’s a little pricey. If you don’t want to spend that much, we recommend taking a look at the WD My Passport 4TB.

Look for Cyberpunk 2077 Deals

If you don’t want to pay full price for a copy of the game, make sure you keep your eyes out for deals in 2019 and 2020. We might see a few, particularly toward the end of the year.

If you somehow still have an active Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked account, you can still take 20% off of a pre-order.

If you don’t have a GCU account active, but are part of Best Buy’s My Best Buy Program (it’s free), you can pre-order a copy of the game and get $10 in rewards certificates.

Retailers like NewEgg sometimes knock $5-10 off the price to stay competitive so make sure you look around before paying full price. Sites like Slickdeals will help.

We could see some deals popup in late 2019 during Black Friday and the holiday shopping season so some of you might want to put off a pre-order until then.

Follow Cyberpunk 2077 on Twitter

If you’re interested in the game, make sure you follow CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account for the latest info about the game, contests, and more.

Think About Upgrading to the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X

If you’re holding onto an original Xbox One or PlayStation 4, and you own a 4K television, you might want to look into buying an Xbox One X or PS4 Pro.

Cyberpunk 2077 will have upgrades for current-gen consoles including 4K support for the Xbox One X. So if you want the smoothest, best-looking version of the game, you’ll want to think about upgrading to a new console.

If you don’t have a clue about these consoles, we’ve put together guides to buying the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro and they will help.

With Microsoft’s Project Scarlett and Sony’s PlayStation 5 coming in 2020, some of you might want to hold out until then.

That said, you might find some great deals on the current-gen lineup, particularly during the holidays. And a lot of you will be just fine with a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X in 2019 and beyond.

5 Reasons to Pre-Order Cyberpunk 2077 & 5 Reasons to Wait

Pre-Order for These Bonuses

Pre-Order for These Bonuses

If you pre-order a copy of Cyberpunk 2077, you'll get some nice bonuses. 

Everyone who pre-orders a copy of the game will get a collection of physical and digital items. Here's what you can expect if you buy a copy before the release date:

Physical Items

  • Case with game discs
  • World Compendium detailing the game's setting and lore
  • Postcards from Night City
  • Map of Night City
  • Stickers

Digital Items

  • Game soundtrack
  • Art booklet featuring a selection of art from the game
  • Cyberpunk 2020 sourcebook
  • Wallpapers for desktop and mobile

There are also some unique pre-order bonuses through retailers like GameStop and GOG. 

If you pre-order through GameStop you get a Samurai Medallion. The retailer says this offer is only available to PowerUp Rewards Members.

If you pre-order through GOG you get an exclusive digital game booklet, additional wallpapers and avatars, print quality posters, and 30% off official Cyberpunk 2077 merch store.

If any of these sound interesting to you, think about pre-ordering a copy.

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