The Witcher 3 PC vs. PS4 Comparison; CD Projekt Details Differences


A while ago  PCGamesHardware shared a video comparison between the PC and the PS4 versions of The Witcher 3, which CD Projekt requested the removal of, and went on to point out the differences between the two versions.

As Marcin noted, the differences between the PC and the PS4 version will be:

  • draw distance
  • framerate
  • resolution
  • exclusive features such as hairworks

According to NVIDIA’s guide, the PC version will also pack higher quality effects and higher resolution textures.

Marcin also confirmed that the PC version will feature more NPCs than the PS4 version.

Marcin added that the video was not representative of the PC version as it made the PC version look pretty bad, and emphasised it's not the final version.

“Regarding the comparison video, unfortunately we don’t know how this video was created and what PC settings have been used. It compared an early PC version with a PS4 debug build without the day 1 patch. So it’s quite an uncommon basic setting. Something went wrong here and therefore we spoke to the editorial team behind it – we both agreed something is not quite right and while we’re figuring out what mistake has been made, we have removed the video. We do admit it looked pretty wonky, hence its removal.”

Below you can view a comparison between the PS4 and the PC versions of The Witcher 3:

As CD Projekt already stated the differences in resolution and draw distance give the PC version a noticeable edge as are the Nvidia exclusive features such as HairWorks and PhysX. HairWorks do add some rather beautiful enhancements to both hair and fur, which make the world and inhabitants of The Witcher 3 feel a bit more alive. PhysX clothing and destruction add even more flair and a touch of realism. The console versions though, are indicative of the excellent work done by the team at CD Projekt RED.

Even if an exclusive PC development environment could have possibly benefited the PC version with a much more technically advanced game, we should still be appreciative that given the nature of game development today, PC gamers still get the best version of the lot.

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.

The Witcher 3 is just three days 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.