We have tested The Witcher 3 in its next-generation version and this is how its improvements really feel


The Witcher 3 is going to launch a long-awaited update for the new generation that will include features that will put the game from 7 years ago at the height of the most powerful console generation. While it won’t convince anyone that The Witcher 3 is suddenly a 2022 remake, the updates we’ve seen will certainly become the default remake of the game for new and regular players alike.

IGN Has Played Three Hours of The Witcher 3 Next-Gen Update, which will be released for players who already own the game on console or PC. You can expect a similar set of improvements to what usually comes with next-gen updates, including a graphics mode that prioritizes 4K resolution and ray-tracing at 30 fps, or a Performance Mode that prioritizes 60 fps.

CD Projekt has also added a number of game-enhancing mods, created both by the community and internally at the studio, a photo mode and even some new easter eggs related to the Netflix series. While all of these extras are nice, the highlight of my gaming experience was undoubtedly the Performance mode, which offers a more powerful and fluid version of The Witcher 3.

CD Projekt Red’s RPG was an instant hit in 2015 and has consistently been rated as one of the best modern open-world RPGs. And while he’s by no means unplayable, his ambitions tested the limits of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

There were numerous areas where the framerate dropped, or the textures of the models suffered. Not to mention some of the funniest glitches (Sardinilla, what are you doing on the roof?).

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Next-gen updates will likely make these issues go away, especially when using Performance mode on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. 60 fps is awesome, and they make the game work at a level that I have never seen on consoles.

While Graphics mode introduces ray tracing, this cosmetic effect mostly improves The Witcher 3’s more subtle margins, while Performance mode will make the game feel almost new to veteran gamers and eliminate frustrating frame-rate drops for older players. the new ones.

PlayStation 5 and Xbox gamers must choose between prioritizing performance or graphicsthe next-gen update also includes several universal changes that should improve the overall experience of The Witcher 3, regardless of which mode you play.

This includes the cues quick release, which allows players to cast Geralt’s various spells without opening the radial window. The camera has also received a major overhaul allowing it to react dynamically to movement and combat, and it also gets closer to Geralt for a more personal feel. Similar to the camera distance to Kratos in God of War.

Also character and enemy models have been redesigned with higher resolution textures and blemishes like hair and armor clippings have been removed.

These changes they will not convince anyone that The Witcher 3 is a new installment of 2022. Instead, they give CD Projekt a chance to revisit their greatest success and smooth out some of the speed bumps that exist in a game from seven years ago.

This means that new players, in particular, will be able to play The Witcher 3 without any of the issues that plagued players when the game was first released. But when you consider that, despite some glitches and frame-rate drops, The Witcher 3 swept the Best Game of the Year awards, it’s not like these technical issues have diminished the quality of the game.

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And for fans of the Netflix series, the next-gen upgrade has given CD Projekt the chance to include in the game some easter eggs inspired by the Netflix seriesas a new quest with a unique reward.

One fun option is to be able to swap out the Nilfgardian armor worn by the NPCs in the game for the infamous armor worn by the Nilfgardians in the Netflix series. Don’t worry, this armor can be changed in the settings, but personally, I think it’s a fun option for bad guys.

While there may be no fundamental changes to The Witcher 3 following its next-gen update, the rough edges are now much, much smoother, and the new creative changes offer a fresh enough vision that newcomers and veterans alike will want to at least take a look. a look at the changes of the update. It is very possible that you will play again for the second or fifth time.