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.


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.

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.

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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