The Witcher 3 First Screenshots Showing Nvidia HairWorks and HBAO+

Posted May 6, 2015
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Nvidia has released a press release yesterday announcing that both Batman Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be included in their GPU bundle with the GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs.

Both these games serve as great examples of Nvidia’s graphics technologies. Nvidia has shared the first The Witcher 3 screenshots showcasing Nvidia HairWorks and HBAO+ effects.

Many of the monsters encountered in the Witcher 3 will be enhanced with Nvidia HairWorks, adding hundreds of thousands of dynamic DirectX 11 tessellated hair strands for a more realistic appearance of real hair and fur.

Geralt’s hair also receives the HairWorks treatment as does Geralt’s horse, Roach.
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The use of HBAO+ also enhances the Witcher 3 experience greatly, increasing the quality of Ambient Occlusion (AO) shadows on every character, object, surface, and piece of foliage, greatly enhancing image quality game-wide.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s world is enhanced with NVIDIA PhysX effects that enable cloth, ship sails, and horse tails to move realistically, as well as destruction.

HairWorks and HBAO+ won’t be featured in the console versions of The Witcher 3, CD Projekt RED assures that their own internal solution still looks very good.

We have not seen the Nvidia effect in action so far, as the recently released Ultra settings footage had the option disabled, but it still looked quite good. The YouTubers did mention however that once enabled it made a huge difference on the visual quality, but had a big hit on performance. The issue however was mostly due to Shadowplay running as it does not agree very well with the option. Enabling the HairWorks option without running Shadowplay should result in much better performance.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobility GPU Pictured - First Notebook Chip With GDDR5X Memory, 20% Faster Than The Original Titan X

The screenshots do not do much to demonstrate the feature, and it surely be much more impressive when seen in motion. It would be nice to see the game in action having the option enabled. Let’s hope that some footage is revealed soon.

The reviews for The Witcher 3 will go live a week before the release of the game

We have previously reported that the reviews for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will go live a week before the release of the game, which goes to show how dedicated CD Projekt RED is to their fans and the community.

You can checkout the last Ultra settings 1080p 60fps footage provided by YouTuber ImAnderZEL, as well as the previous video here. Note that the video is not of the highest quality and it from a previous build of The Witcher 3 and not the final. The specs of the system are – GTX 980, i7 4790, 8GB.

The Witcher 3 is just two weeks away from release, and as we have previously covered, CD Projekt has already announced that pre-load options are already live, as well as the unlock times for The Witcher 3.

The Witcher 3 will release on May 19 2015 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. We will bring you any new information on The Witcher 3 as soon as it becomes available. Be sure to check out our previous coverage for more information on The Witcher 3, here and here.

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