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The Witcher 3 Dev Comment On PC vs PS4/XOne Port Differences: "Won't Be Huge, They're Brand New PCs"

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the next installment in popular The Witcher franchise and the final chapter Geralt saga is all set to launch on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2014. For the first time CD Projekt RED is working on a game across platforms simultaneously.

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_QQ_978d ago

Untill the mods happen.

Raiz978d ago

is mod support confirmed for PC version of The Witcher 3?

Pandamobile978d ago

The previous game had official tools available for it, so it wouldn't be a stretch to assume that CDPR would do the same for TW3.

Irishguy95978d ago

I'm guessing a 560ti will have this game at medium settings with some on high. Which is around where the console versions will lay.

Daniel_Potter978d ago

Plus along with that, PC gets free DLC's, console's on the other hand have a paywall to go through first
Quite fair though, it's the console gamers that made DLC whoring possible, so they should suffer

IRetrouk978d ago

@Potter

add ons and paid for dlc started on pc not consoles

FamilyGuy978d ago

It'd be cool if the consoles supported mods, it's not like it's impossible, UT3 on PS3 was proof to that. They wouldn't be able to up the quality but they could add in some fun. Problem with doing it on consoles really boils down to devs wanting to sell DLC. DLC blew up last gen so hope for console games allowing mods is pretty much dashed but there could always be some dev interested in purely pleasing its fans by adding it.

Pandamobile978d ago

Allowing mods on the console version of TW3 would be a massive undertaking for CDPR. Any changes to a console game post launch has the potential to unlock a seemingly infinite number of security risks and system loop holes that it's no wonder Sony and MS don't support it.

If you want to mod your game, get the PC version. It's as simple as that.

TheGreatAndPowerful978d ago

AWWWwww...PC Master Race am cry.

starchild978d ago

"For PC, which in theory is infinitely scalable, you’ll be able to get more, but you have to invest. On the consoles, the difference will not be huge because they’re actually brand new PCs. So I think gamers on each platform will get an extremely good experience and they should be very satisfied with the quality."

A very diplomatic sort of response there. It also isn't clear whether he meant the difference between the consoles won't be huge or whether the difference between the consoles and PC won't be huge.

In any case, despite what developers often say, I have never found a multiplat where the difference wasn't significant.

To me the difference between 30fps (with dips) and 60fps is huge. The difference between having jaggies crawling all over the screen and a crisp clean image quality IS a huge difference. The density of foliage, shadow quality, higher precision effects, better texture filtering, and all the other things we usually see DO make a big difference to me.

I'm not saying the console versions won't be beautiful or enjoyable. I'm sure they will be great games in their own right. I'm just saying that for those of us that care a little more about image quality the PC version is still going to be the best bet.

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MestreRothN4G978d ago

And the game is release to PS4 and X1 performing at less than 30 fps. (words from the devs themselves)

wtopez978d ago

In combat focused games, the framerate is a BIG deal. For me at least. That's why, again for me, PC is gonna be the definitive version.

ThePope978d ago

While fast paced, The Witcher 2 (which is our only reference point) was not nearly as fast paced as an FPS. It would be more comparable to AC: BF than, than anything else, where 30 FPS is plenty.

MestreRothN4G978d ago

Surely 30 fps is acceptable.

The problem is... 30 fps is more than they will achieve. And below 30 fps, on a 8 GB "brand new" machine, is not acceptable at all.

ThePope978d ago

@mestre

CDPR said it would be less than 30 FPS? No offense, I have a hard time believing that.

Tzuno978d ago

what do you expect from crap hardware with amd cpu.

GUTZnPAPERCUTZ978d ago

@MestriRoth, RAM has nothing to due with Frame rate my man

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DeadRabbits978d ago

Mods are for enthusiasts, most of will have moved onto other games by the time a mod comes out.

SirBradders978d ago (Edited 978d ago )

Mods are what enable games to become replayable and/or improved/peraonalised. Just look at skyrim and total war series as an example.

DoctorJones978d ago

Day Z is a mod, and is one of the most popular games on pc. Mods are more than just for 'enthusiasts', they're important to a lot of gamers.

MicDude977d ago

Garry's Mod (fitting name) actually started out as a Counter Strike mod...just thought I'd throw that in there

liquidhalos977d ago

i dunno about that, i still enjoy HL2 and oblivion mods to this day. If a game is fun and highly eerm, moddable? (is that a word) people will keep coming back. You get a much bigger bang for your buck and some amazing experiences.

My pc isnt good enough to max out Witcher 3 so ill probably get it on PS4.

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JsonHenry978d ago

You know, not that big a difference... until you want to turn draw distance to max, shadow details to extreme, SSAO/HBAO, AF x16, AAx4 or higher, resolution native at 1080p+, higher fps, stereoscopic 3D, or Ubersampling on. :)

Volkama978d ago

You are talking to a niche audience, but you are absolutely right.

JsonHenry978d ago

Niche is correct. I've seen the video of PS4 version of TW3 and I don't think if it was my only option to play on that I would be upset. It is very "next gen" and the stuff that actually makes the game good (gameplay, story, presentation, etc..) is all there.

Just I HATE PR statements like this. It either means he is telling a lie or they gimped the PC version. Which I doubt is true so he is willfully telling a lie.

Volkama978d ago

But Project Red are the only good guys left in the industry! Give them the benefit of the doubt, they give free upgrades to their enhanced editions :)

webeblazing978d ago (Edited 978d ago )

niche for something that most pc games have? people try to spin the perks of pc gaming so much on this site. if xbone run at a lower res we all know how this site would look with the doom and resolution matters articles.

Volkama978d ago

Don't try so hard webeblazing. I said a niche audience, nothing about how common the features are. Most PC games may support those features, but they are implemented for a niche audience.

I am firmly part of that audience, so I'm not really here to downplay it.

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Chrischi1988978d ago

Brand new PCs^^ Sure, I can get a new Laptop for $299 from amazon, that thing is also new, doesnt really say much about it being able of handling a game like the Witcher 3. I know there is a lot of optimzing going on, when it comes to consoles, but still, you only pay $399 for a PS4, to act like that is a high end PC is hilarious, it is mid range at best, but because of optimizing the games of this year will look great, but dont expect toooo much the coming years, especially since they use X86 architecture for their CPUs.

Dont want to downplay anything here, but I dont like comments like that, because anyone with common sense should know a little better then just eat up everything, a dev from any studio says, they want to make money selling these games everywhere, not on just 1 plattform.

Yodagamer978d ago

Here we are with the argument that ps4 games won't improve over time just because it pc parts. If we look at the original xbox which was basicly a intel x64 cpu and a nvidia gpu. Xbox games looked so much better as it goes along. It's not the type of hardware that helps as it goes along, but the coding improvements.

starchild978d ago

@Yodagamer

Yes, you are correct. The biggest reason for the improvement in visuals over time isn't due to devs unlocking magic performance in the consoles, but rather the development of new graphics techniques and technologies.

The problem is, some people act like this is unique to consoles, when it actually benefits PCs equally.

Metallox978d ago

Well, it's the true after all xD

kingPoS978d ago

Unreal Tournament 3 had mods... and they were awesome. I'd like to see something like that happen again.

Gateway MT6706 2008

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Gabenbrah978d ago

The PC version will look light years better, especially once mode release,XB1 and PS4 will be probs look the same.

yezz978d ago

I always hear people talking about the PC version like it's the same for all of us.. It's not going to look the same on mid-high PC than on 2000$ super PC.

Psychotica978d ago

"The Witcher 3 performance on PC will be the best, but gamers need to make an investment on their gaming rig to achieve it." - How much of an investment is the question..

anticlimax978d ago

If TW2 is any indication, a big one. And especially if you've got an amd gpu (like me).

Chrischi1988978d ago

The graphicscard probably, most games run on 4 CPU cores or even less nowadays. So you dont need a super good CPU for most games, not even on high settings, the graphics card is the most important and of course enough RAM for all the tasks.

If you have an PC, which is about 2 years old, an graphics card upgrade should easily do the trick.

And we all should not forget, that on PC, we get super crazy game deals. 2 weeks ago I bought the complete Edition of Counter Strike for 7,50€ on Steam, all versions, not only one.

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