The Witcher 3 Nintendo Switch New Handheld Mode Footage Shared

Sep 3, 2019
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New The Witcher 3 Nintendo Switch footage emerged online, showing how the game runs on the console.

The new footage, which has been recorded with direct audio capture as well, shows The Witcher 3 running in handheld mode. While developer Saber Interactive had to make compromises to make the game run decently on the console, The Witcher 3 doesn't look too bad played in handheld mode, especially compared to other way less demanding titles.

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The Witcher 3 on Nintendo Switch has been announced at the E3 a few months back, and it seems like some improvements have been made over that build.

Of course, along that path, we’ve worked on specific optimizations. We’ve definitely worked a lot on memory optimisation. We have much less memory available on the Switch [compared to the other consoles]. So making sure that the game works stable and within those boundaries, that took a while. Some things we’ve added a bit later, like the AO [ambient occlusion] which wasn’t there I would say in the earlier builds.

Our own Chris recently had the chance to try out The Witcher 3 on Nintendo Switch, and he was very impressed by the port.

There have been zero compromises in content, with only minor ones on visual fidelity, audio options and slower loading time than I’m used to. There’s little doubt to me that, when released, this will be the best open-world game on the Nintendo Switch and, arguably, the best game in general on the Switch. How nice it will be to the battery, well that’s something I’ll have to figure out when I have the game and I’m constantly playing it whenever I’m on the go. When will that be? There’s no set date, the aim is still for a 2019 release. I, for one, can’t wait.

The Witcher 3 is now available worldwide on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It will be released on Nintendo Switch next month.

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