CD Projekt RED’s masterpiece, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was one of the Xbox One games that received an Xbox One X enhancement patch pretty early on. While the patch improved resolution, it left players with a distinctly ‘console’ experience, evidenced by a framerate locked at 30fps. Now, though, the Polish developer has released a decidedly more appealing patch offering gamers more options to choose how they use the power of Microsoft’s newest console.
“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has just received an upgrade patch for the Xbox One X enhancing the game to take advantage of additional power offered by the console,” the developer wrote in a newspost on the game’s official site. “The Xbox One X upgrade patch… introduces a number of graphical features and tweaks to the game across two visual fidelity options – 4K Mode and Performance Mode. In 4K Mode, the game will run in 4K resolution (or supersampled on a non-4K display) with stable 30fps gameplay, whereas Performance Mode enables dynamic resolution scaling (from 1080p up to 4K while targeting 60fps during gameplay. Both modes support HDR.”
The patch offers enhanced shadows, ambient occlusion, and texture filtering, as well as higher resolution textures and support for 4K resolution.
This is great news for anyone who already picked up the game, whether when it was fresh, or maybe even as recently as this last Black Friday, and provides tangible benefits to anyone with an Xbox One X regardless of whether they’ve plugged it into a 4K television or not. The game is going to look significantly better in either case. While I played through the game on my PC, CD Projekt RED has me considering picking the game up a second time to check it out with HDR and full 4K resolution.
The patch is out now, and the developer promises that a PlayStation 4 Pro HDR patch is coming soon, too.