Hands on with The Witcher 3's next-gen update: PS5 and Series X tested

Digital Foundry : Tom Morgan introduces the tech enhancements to The Witcher 3's Next-Gen Update, a free release that boosts graphical fidelity on PS5, Series X/S and PC.

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Babadook761d ago

Nice free update coming Dec 14th.

anast61d ago

You're welcome. I'm here quite often.

shinoff218360d ago

Doesn't look identical. Just from the screen above.

StarkR3ality60d ago (Edited 60d ago )


That's the Xbox one X Vs Series X screenshot that's why, not even a Playstation version in the video from what I saw.

It's CDPR pre approved footage, my guess is it's because it's the console version running at a higher Res which is getting more common as the gen goes on.

Not saying it's the better version because of that, but for a Dev that miniscule difference probably matters.

Orchard60d ago

@shinoff The thumbnail is comparing Xbox One X to Xbox Series X.

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StarkR3ality60d ago

@any PS Fanboy

Come on my dudes, I know we have the better games but you don't need to start making shit up 😂

Orchard60d ago

DF: "Looks Identical"
anast: "Looks better on PS5!"

I think we know who to trust and who not to trust here...

masterfox61d ago

Sorry 30 fps is no longer acceptable in games, PS5 has proven time after time it can manage more than 60 fps with RT in some games, yes that's how much powa!! the PS5 has ;)

Babadook761d ago

Not sure where the anger is coming from here friend.

“As mentioned, PS5 and Series X versions of the game offer a 60fps performance mode and a 30fps ray tracing mode, each of which uses AMD's FSR 2.1 upscaling to produce a 4K output with dynamic resolution scaling. FSR 2.1 also takes over anti-aliasing duties from the older FXAA and TAA options, providing a much more stable image as a result”

ChubbyBlade61d ago

He thinks it should run at 60 with ray tracing because Spider-Man uses low res reflections ray tracing at 60fps in rt performance mode.

Meanwhile Witcher is using it for shadows, lighting and reflections.

IanTH61d ago (Edited 61d ago )


For consoles, apparently just RT Ambient Occlusion and RT Global Illumination. RT reflections & shadows are available on PC. The non-RT reflections have apparently a much improved screen-space implementation, though.

ChubbyBlade61d ago

Not for open world games filled with foliage and lakes if you want b reflections, shadows and lighting. It’s not powerful enough for that unless you want 720p.

Don’t even use spiderman as an example, it uses rt reflections only at a fairly low

Eonjay61d ago

The PS5 is just a PC and just like PC you should be able to push the graphics as high or low as you want.

ANIALATOR13661d ago

Remember this game was sometimes struggling to hit 30 on ps4 though

sagapo61d ago

True, I remember this, but the framedrops were often zone related, had barely to do with the amount of opponents you faced, which was odd in a way.

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neutralgamer199261d ago

PS5 is just out classing XSX which is supposed to be have raw specs

Lightning7761d ago

Except that it's identical here.

Eonjay61d ago

I can't imagine why they wouldn't be identical. If it comes down to res the Xbox may have the usual arbitrary higher res. Even then they will both resolve to 4K. They will be identical as you said.

shinoff218360d ago

Haven't watched the video yet but that screen above ps5 looks better. By a hair.

ChubbyBlade61d ago

They literally said it’s identical. Stop making yourself look stupid.

Si-Fly61d ago

His username ain’t helping either 🤣

PrinceOfAnger60d ago

Yeah meanwhile DF on A Plague Tale Requiem

- In the 120hz 40 FPS mode, Series X performs better but can drop close to the 30s in big rat swarms. PS5 has more drops and can drop to the 20s.
- DF recommends the SX version if you have the choice

Plus many games run better on SX

Duke1961d ago

So tired of ray tracing everything. Minimal visual gains for MASSIVE resource tax. How anyone would opt to play that at 30fps instead of 60 is beyond me

ChubbyBlade61d ago

Good thing they have the 60fps option then? What the fucks the problem?

Eonjay61d ago (Edited 61d ago )

The latest wave on the internet is being upset that something exists even if you don't have to use it and/or it doesn't affect you. It's claiming harm where there is none

Number1TailzFan61d ago

That's because it's only certain things that's being ray traced, the original Doom and Quake 2 look so good on PC because they have full RT, but there's little else. Minor RT just makes performance crap and makes hardly any difference to graphics.

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