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Here's how Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 runs on Steam Deck and desktop Linux

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Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 landed recently, and now I've had time to play with it here's a look at how it runs on Steam Deck and desktop Linux after the update. The good news is: it runs out of the box with Proton. My testing has been with Proton Experimental.

Quick tip - want to skip the launcher? Add this as a Steam launch option: --launcher-skip

For the Steam Deck, I've been testing it on SteamOS 3.5 Preview, where it does in fact run quite well. On Low and Medium, it can for the most part stay above 30FPS and a lot of the time when you're not doing explosive action in the open world, it can even stick around 40FPS. However, even on the Low settings, intense open world action will bring it down but Medium with FSR2 keeps it pretty smooth.

To give you a good overview, I ran it through a bunch of benchmarks and captured some gameplay that you can view below:

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For desktop Linux (Kubuntu 23.04) the game will run but there's one current major issue: you will probably get stuck with on-screen gamepad icons. This is a known issue for the 2.0 update. On Windows they say to restart the game, but on Linux that doesn't fix it. To fix it on Linux, you can edit the Cyberpunk2077.exe file which can be found here (depending on where it's installed): .steam/steam/steamapps/common/Cyberpunk 2077/bin/x64/

After backing up your exe, you can run this command on it in terminal to fix it:

echo '2C45C6: EB' | xxd -r - Cyberpunk2077.exe

Testing it myself, this done indeed fix the controls! Credit to this Steam forum post.

As for performance, it seems pretty good. When you consider we're running it through the Proton compatibility layer, it continues to be impressive for such AAA games. On the High details preset, with FSR2 Quality at 2560x1440 I've been seeing above 60FPS and it's really smooth. This is with an AMD Ryzen 5800X + Radeon 6800XT.

Are you jumping in again for 2.0 and the incoming DLC? Or are you about to play it for the first time? Let me know your experiences and thoughts in the comments!

You can buy it on GOG, Humble Store (GOG Key) and Steam. The DLC, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, releases September 26th.

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ExpandingMan Sep 25, 2023
Tested it out on Manjaro latest with RTX 4090 when 2.0 landed and it seemed fine on experimental. The controller icon issue is definitely really annoying, I hope this actually gets fixed as opposed to having to use a patched `exe` all the time, particularly as it will likely have to be re-patched after every update.

Btw, that patch seems pretty brittle, as if you do it after a patch without realizing it, you could wind up with a corrupt exe.

Last edited by ExpandingMan on 25 September 2023 at 2:46 pm UTC
damarrin Sep 25, 2023
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I just installed it (again) today and played a bunch. Performance is surprisingly fine using the Steam Deck preset. The launcher was an annoyance, glad there’s a way to disable it. All in all, it looks ready to play now.
habernir Sep 25, 2023
how do i install this FPS toolbar at the top?

thanks nir
Kithop Sep 25, 2023
Quoting: habernirhow do i install this FPS toolbar at the top?

thanks nir

On Steam Deck this is built in as the performance overlay ('...' button on the right), upstream it's just MangoHud
Arehandoro Sep 25, 2023
I'm looking forward to jumping again into Night City... but Baldur's Gate is still calling me (And I foresee that will keep doing so for at least hundred hours or so)
Raaben Sep 25, 2023
I'm glad to see CDPR working to keep improving the game instead of giving it up and moving on. I know it had a rocky release but I'm hearing it's much better now esp with this update/DLC; I haven't bought it yet but I'm back to looking forward to playing it.
omer666 Sep 25, 2023
I bought it for my new rig with the upcoming DLC, but the controller icons and the fact some keys can't be remapped (especially troublesome for AZERTY keyboards like mine) outdid my patience quite quickly...
I installed 1.63 using the beta tab, edited the keyboard mapping file manually + in-game, and in the meantime I keep my fingers crossed for seeing an update fixing those things before the actual DLC release.
Loun Sep 25, 2023
That's great news!

However, they say on the patch note that the game now requires being played from an SSD, and that HDDs and SD cards (when it comes to Steam Deck) simply don't cut it anymore. Was this tested from an SD card?

Thanks again for your great work!
Liam Dawe Sep 25, 2023
Quoting: LounThat's great news!

However, they say on the patch note that the game now requires being played from an SSD, and that HDDs and SD cards (when it comes to Steam Deck) simply don't cut it anymore. Was this tested from an SD card?

Thanks again for your great work!
This was tested on the Steam Deck's SSD.
artixbtw Sep 25, 2023
Before I test out the fix myself, does it also apply to the GOG version? I'd imagine not, but I don't feel like I will play so soon anyway.
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