Witcher 3 ‘Subsequent-Gen’ Replace Runs Badly On Even Excessive-Powered PCs

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Geralt faces off against a big beastie.

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The Witcher 3 simply obtained a giant “next-gen improve” this week. The replace consists of a wide range of graphical enhancements to spruce up the now seven-ish year-old sport to look a bit extra related in our period of ray tracing and AI-based decision methods. Whereas we felt that the updates made for a pleasant technique to get into or revisit this modern-classic of an RPG, PC avid gamers have had a little bit of a tough time. The brand new replace, it appears, is introducing plenty of new, irritating bugs.

Initially launched in 2015 for PC and consoles of the period, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt stays a contemporary commonplace of feature-packed, immersive RPGs with great characters and interesting gameplay. It’s solely pure then that this wildly fashionable title obtain a graphical improve to make use of latest consoles like PS5 and Xbox Collection, and GPUs that function lighting know-how like ray-tracing, which was not commercially out there on the time it first launched. Whereas it appears the console variations are faring effectively, based on comments in a Reddit post aiming to take a temperature examine of PC-gamers’ experiences, the updates is inflicting some severe street bumps.

“Nonetheless haven’t found out optimum settings” begins one such remark, “it’s a slideshow with [ray tracing] on even with [AI-based super sampling] on auto.” They go on to checklist their specs, with an RTX 3080 GPU (high mannequin of the final collection of playing cards that’s solely about 12 % much less {powerful} than the present, and costly, 4000 collection). One other consumer reviews the identical with a extra bleeding edge RTX 4090 card.

A number of different feedback level out varied options like disabling superior hair rendering, turning off ray tracing and DLSS, however as one commenter factors out “the issue is that this was speculated to be the definitive version for the sport, resolve high quality of life points, and make it so stunning that it offers me a cause to replay it on my 3080+5900x […] perhaps I’ll have to attend til they patch it out to relive this masterpiece.” Lots of the feedback reiterating the identical efficiency points checklist plenty-powerful {hardware}, and the quantity of upvotes point out some resonance with fellow gamers.

On Twitter, gamers are additionally discovering their once-powerful gaming rigs are struggling to maintain up with The Witcher’s fancy new tech.

PC gaming typically requires a good bit of troubleshooting, particularly with leading edge video games. It’s not unusual to fireside up a brand new sport solely to have it suppose you’re working some unusual decision. Fixing little issues like that is part of the interest, however if you’re chasing down each doable setting to get what ought to be a pleasing, free-upgrade to a basic sport working effectively, it nonetheless kinda sucks.

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