The Witcher 3 Steam Deck Version Showcased by CD Projekt RED

The Witcher 3

Today, The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED shared via Twitter a few videos of the award-winning and best-seller game running on Valve's Steam Deck.

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Interestingly, CD Projekt RED explicitly mentioned that this is the current-gen version of The Witcher 3. That's because the game is getting a next-generation treatment featuring ray traced effects, shorter loading times, and more, with a release date still tentatively scheduled for later this year even though there's a chance it might slip into 2022.

The Steam Deck technically supports ray tracing (as well as another DirectX 12 Ultimate technology, variable rate shading) since it features an AMD RDNA2-based graphics processing unit. However, its portable hardware might have some troubles running the next-generation version of The Witcher 3.

This wouldn't be the first portable version of the game, of course, since Saber Interactive managed to create a fully functional Nintendo Switch version in late 2019. Granted, the Steam Deck could probably offer a better experience thanks to its more powerful specifications.

As a reminder, Valve's handheld gaming PC will begin shipping in December.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a story-driven open world RPG set in a visually stunning fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher, you play as professional monster hunter Geralt of Rivia tasked with finding a child of prophecy in a vast open world rich with merchant cities, pirate islands, dangerous mountain passes, and forgotten caverns to explore.

KEY FEATURES

PLAY AS A HIGHLY TRAINED MONSTER SLAYER FOR HIRE
Trained from early childhood and mutated to gain superhuman skills, strength and reflexes, witchers are a counterbalance to the monster-infested world in which they live.

  • Gruesomely destroy foes as a professional monster hunter armed with a range of upgradeable weapons, mutating potions and combat magic.
  • Hunt down a wide range of exotic monsters — from savage beasts prowling the mountain passes, to cunning supernatural predators lurking in the shadows of densely populated towns.
  • Invest your rewards to upgrade your weaponry and buy custom armour, or spend them away in horse races, card games, fist fighting, and other pleasures the night brings.

EXPLORE A MORALLY INDIFFERENT FANTASY OPEN WORLD
Built for endless adventure, the massive open world of The Witcher 3 sets new standards in terms of size, depth and complexity.

  • Traverse a fantastical open world: explore forgotten ruins, caves and shipwrecks, trade with merchants and dwarven smiths in cities, and hunt across the open plains, mountains and seas.
  • Deal with treasonous generals, devious witches and corrupt royalty to provide dark and dangerous services.
  • Make choices that go beyond good & evil, and face their far-reaching consequences.

CHASE DOWN THE CHILD OF PROPHECY
Take on the most important contract to track down the child of prophecy, a key to save or destroy this world.

  • In times of war, chase down the child of prophecy, a living weapon foretold by ancient elven legends.
  • Struggle against ferocious rulers, spirits of the wilds and even a threat from beyond the veil – all hell-bent on controlling this world.
  • Define your destiny in a world that may not be worth saving.
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