Cyberpunk 2077 won’t Run on Windows 8

One of the most awaited and most hyped games of the year is Cyberpunk 2077. Even tho, its release date changed for a couple of times, the hype didn’t decrease a bit. But now, there is bad news for Windows 8 users. Cyberpunk 2077 won’t run on Windows 8.

Cyberpunk will be a DX12 inclusive, that means it will be DX12-only on PC. So you need to have Windows 10 to run the game. Windows 8 users will have to upgrade their operating systems to Windows 10. This info emerged in an interview with Marcin Gollent, Lead Graphics Programmer of developer CD Projekt Red.

Cyberpunk 2077 won't Run on Windows 8

Marcin Gollent said: “We opted to go with DX12 for two main reasons. Firstly, it is the standard API for the Xbox platforms, and with the game also coming to Xbox One, we naturally wanted to have it implemented as soon as possible.”. And he continued: “Secondly, it is the birthplace of DXR [DirectX Raytracing], and given we had plans to invest in DXR very early on, that made the choice to go with DX12 a pretty straightforward one.”

Interestingly, even tho Microsoft is not supporting it anymore, Windows 7 users will be able to play the game with their operating system. Because DX12 support being brought to Windows 7 SP1 last year. About this situation, Gollent stated: “We do, and will continue to, test Cyberpunk 2077 on Windows 7 in an attempt to iron out any edge-cases that might arise. Unfortunately, Windows 8 didn’t receive its variant of DX12 libraries.”

Murat Oktay

Video games have been my passion for as long as I can remember. I have been writing and managing in the game industry for more than 30 years. I've been playing Diablo 2 nonstop since it first came out.

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