Some new footage from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel earlier this week, showing off one of the quests Geralt can take on early in the game. New Witcher footage on the Xbox channel – awesome. Unfortunately, this is not Xbox One footage, but rather footage from the PC version, which can run at 60 frames per second rather than the 30 frames the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are capped at.
Eagle-eyed viewers picked up on this pretty quickly and wondered what was going on. After Kotaku pointed it out, the video’s description was amended to note that the footage was provided by CD Projekt Red and captured on a PC.
In a statement to Gamespot later, a Microsoft spokesperson said that “this was in no way intended to misrepresent the title on Xbox One. We have updated the description of the asset to make clear the source and platform of this footage. We apologize for any confusion.”
While there will be certainly be those who believe this was an intentional move on Microsoft’s part to mislead viewers, it seems much more likely that someone either uploaded or downloaded the wrong video on CD Projekt Red’s server. With actual Xbox One footage out there, and the stats for the Xbox One version pretty well documented – the Xbox One will run the game at 900p and 30 frames per second instead of 1080p/60fps – this mistake isn’t likely to sway many buyers one way or the other.
Regardless, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is looking like it’ll be great no matter what platform it’s on, and it’ll be ready to play on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on May 19.