The Witcher 3 next-gen update: ray tracing, photo mode, 60 FPS… the details | xbox one

The “next-gen” update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is highly anticipated and we were eager to hear details of the planned improvements. CD Projekt RED had given us an appointment at 6 pm for a full presentation, this is what to remember.

2 graphics modes on consoles

On PC, the game will take advantage of global illumination ray tracing for light management, with ray tracing ambient occlusion and new SSR effects. A new printing press called Ultra+ it also appears in addition to DLSS and FSR.

On consoles, two graphics modes will be available. Like Cyberpunk 2077, gamers can choose to favor frame rate with a 60 FPS performance mode or image quality with a 30 FPS ray tracing mode. The latter will offer, as on PC, global illumination and ambient occlusion in ray tracing, as well as new SSR effects. The FSR is also present in consoles to improve image quality.

The studio also promises better textures and various visual improvements, especially in terms of vegetation. He also mentions having integrated some of the game’s most popular modes, even on consoles. You’ll also enjoy more intuitive controls when using signs.

Photo mode and camera options

In addition to the graphical improvements, players will be able to experience a photo mode and new camera options. These allow you to bring the camera closer to the character and you will have the option to activate them during combat, on foot or on horseback, independently.

Various map and interface improvements are also expected. For example, it will now be possible to adjust the size of the subtitles and localization improvements are also mentioned. These are also longstanding bugs that the studio has fixed in two specific missions.

Finally, as in the case of Cyberpunk 2077, you can transfer your save across the platforms of your choice and thus play on both PC and consoles, thanks to cloud saves and cross-progression.

Remember that this free update will be available on December 14 on Xbox Series X | S, PS5 and PC. The study also promises some surprises that we can’t wait to discover. You can find the trailer summarizing the new features of the update below.

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