Cyberpunk 2077 Patch 1.5 includes minor updates for accessibility

Ben Bayliss2 minute read

Cyberpunk 2077 has a number of changes to all versions following its 1.5 patch announcement yesterday and a few could be useful for accessibility.

While Cyberpunk 2077 has a rather problematic launch with console editions not performing well and being littered with bugs, CD Projekt Red has been working on some major updates to bring the game to a more acceptable state. One of those major patches was announced yesterday, and while the marketing of it focused on the fancy visuals and gameplay tweaks, Cyberpunk 2077 looks to have had some very minor adjustments for accessibility.

The patch notes are certainly populated with changes, but after rummaging through there looks to be things that could help or hinder the gameplay experience for players. Balancing updates include decreasing prices for cyberware upgrades and cars and increasing the rewards from completing jobs and activities. However, it’s detailed that “The “Easy” game difficulty is now moderately more challenging,” although details on how this affects the challenge for those wanting to play on Easy isn’t specified.

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There have also been changes to the UI, one being related to icon resizing and adding tooltips and filters when on the map, this “includes a dynamic filter based on zoom level as well as a custom filter which can be configured by the player.”

UI panels, notifications, and popups have also been improved for readability, and the crosshair for knife throwing has been adjusted. D-pad navigation has also been improved across various screens and panels and a “buff stack counter” is now displayed next to the health bar to let players know how many stacks of a certain effect are active.

There’s also a fix for subtitles in the sense that sometimes Johnny’s subtitles would remain stuck on the screen, but now no longer do. As for loot, the amount available during quests has been “drastically reduced” and is “an effort to allow players more breathing room to experience quest scenes and the world itself.”

There are not a lot of Cyberpunk 2077 changes for accessibility, but it’s nice to see some things being adjusted somewhat. For now, the game is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PC, and Stadia. If you’re interested, you can pick up Cyberpunk 2077 on Amazon.

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Ben
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Ben is the one in charge of keeping the content cogs at Can I Play That? turning. Deafness means that he has a focus on discussing captions, but with experience in consultancy and advocacy, he covers what bases he can. Having written about accessibility in video games at DualShockers, GamesRadar+, GamesIndustry.biz, Wireframe, and more he continues his advocacy at CIPT. He was actually awarded a Good Games Writing award for an article he wrote here! He enjoys a range of games, but anything that’s open-world and with a photo mode will probably be his cup of tea. You can get in touch with him at: ben@caniplaythat.com

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