The Witcher 3 Performance Issues; Crashes, Errors & Fixes

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The Witcher 3 is available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One ands PC. PC users having performance issues there’s a good chance that it is because their hardware does not meet the recommended hardware requirements to play the game on Ultra settings.

There are a few options available though to help make the game run smoothly by sacrificing a few graphical settings.

For users running a 600 or 700 series NVidia card this guide could prove a little helpful. Users of 900 series are unlikely to be having any issues with the game’s performance at its recommended settings. The guide is provided by Gameranx.

  • In the ‘Graphics’ Menu, bump everything to HIGH except for Foliage Visibility Range, which you should keep on MEDIUM.
  • Make sure Nvidia HairWorks is disabled.
  • Make sure the Display Mode is set to Full Screen–this should net you a good performance gain.
  • You’ll also want to set the framerate cap under Maximum Frames per Second to 30fps. This should give you a fluid display without any stuttering to ruin your experience. Unless you’re running an Nvidia 970 or above, you will not be able to get 60fps at these settings.
  • In ‘Postprocessing’, disable everything except Motion Blur, Sharpness, HBAO+ and Lights.
  • If you’re feeling particularly adventurous with your framerate you can cap it to 40 by going into the Witcher 3 folder in My Documents and locating the file called user.settings. Open it with a notepad and hit Ctrl-F to search for LimitFPS. Set that to 40.  Here’s the exact directory: %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\user.settings

We have recently provided some beautiful 4K screenshots of the PC version of the game as well as some 4K gameplay footage that showcases the beautiful graphics that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt can provide at Ultra High-Definition at it Ultra Settings.

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While many have argued that the game has lost some of its visual flair since the 2013 reveal trailer, CD Projekt RED claims that they have not changed the textures, and that they have only toned down as sharpening filter that was causing eye  strain. The higher resolution can replicate the sharpening effect to some extend so it does indeed seem quite similar. Certain changes have been made of course to accommodate the console hardware, but the game turned out looking quite good indeed. We have also provided some amazing 4K Ultra settings footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which can be viewed here.

CD Projekt RED removed the “PS4 vs PC” comparison video, posted earlier by PCGamesHardware and went on to detail the differences between the two versions. They claimed that the PC build was not final and that the PS4 version dis not use the day-one patch which not only fixed the PS4 framerate issue but also implemented a few visual enhancements.


PlayStation Access has provided an in-depth look into many aspects of the game in a 46 minutes video which can be viewed here. It covers everything that fans have been asking for and provides answers to most questions without spoiling the experience.

A few gorgeous screenshots from the PS4 version have also been made available, and they reveal some quite beautiful vistas and the amazing lighting system.

The launch cinematic which was made available yesterday looks amazing. CD Projekt has also revealed the changelog for the day-1 patch which can be viewed here.  docm77, has also made available a video interview with CD Projekt’s visual artist, Jose Teixeira, in which he shares his thoughts on the downgrade subject.

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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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