This is true, and I came to the same conclusion, but it would’ve saved them money in the long run as they wouldn’t be giving out refunds, stock prices might’ve dipped but not crashed, and it would likely be a day 1 purchase for people once they did get their hands on a 5/X. UNLESS they really had no idea that it performed so poorly on the 4/1, which seems so bizarre to me that I have a hard time believing it.
That said, I started playing it on PS5 last night. There weren’t any technical issues so far, but the real indictment on this game should be how much it feels dated. The city feels kinda sparse, the controls aren’t that great, the graphics are great in some scenes, but look like an early gen PS4 game most of the time. It’s fairly fun so far, but there’s nothing innovative about it, and I doubt I’ll remember much about it a year from now unless things really change after about 6 hours in.
I know it’s a bit off topic, but I did want to update my previous statement. I’m about 25-30 hours in now and I think the game is great! On PS5 it does crash about once every 3 or 4 hours, but the load times are so fast I’m back in the game in 5-10 minutes, the auto saves are generous so it’s no biggie. The game is a cross between Deus Ex, Rage, and watch dogs (the hacking, anyway) IMO. The game really takes off once you meet Johnny silverhand, and the other characters are really starting to shine at this point as well. I still think the non-hub city portions feel pretty dated, along with the AI, but this is really a good game if you’ve got a PS5, XX, or PC to play it on. Does it meet the hype? No, but if you approach it with no preconceived notions you’re going to have a really good time.