One Gamer Has Cyberpunk 2077 Running Beautifully on Nintendo Switch

by Jason Venter

CD Projekt Red is in a bit of trouble following the launch of Cyberpunk 2077, thanks to the game’s poor performance on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, but don’t fret. The game still runs beautifully when you play it on proper hardware like the Nintendo Switch.

Okay, so maybe it’s not quite that simple. As reported by Game Rant, YouTuber Nintendrew recently posted a video showing himself playing Cyberpunk 2077 using a Nintendo Switch. The small print: he’s only able to do that because he hacked his Nintendo Switch to run Android and, in turn, Google Stadia. There’s some real risk involved in such a procedure, including the possibility you’ll brick a $300 piece of hardware and lose access to your existing game library, but the potential reward is satisfying Cyberpunk 2077 action on the go.

According to Nintendrew, he can play Cyberpunk 2077 either in handheld mode, or in docked mode on his television at 1080P. The latter option allows use of the Pro Controller, which is probably the best way to play the game (and almost any game, if we may say so) on that particular hardware.

For its part, Google Stadia is a platform that allows players to enjoy high-performance games on virtually any device that can run the Google Chrome browser. That includes even fairly weak PCs and smartphones. Generally, folks who play Cyberpunk 2077 on Stadia have reported strong performance, particularly compared to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions that prompted Sony and Microsoft to offer dissatisfied customers full refunds.

You can watch the video embedded below to see Nintendrew walk you through the process and results, but in the meantime, it’s time to ask yourself: would I hack my Switch just to play one game? And you probably wouldn’t, but there are other great games available on Google Stadia besides Cyberpunk 2077. Decisions, decisions!

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