The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Chromatic Aberration Can be Turned Off
Chromatic aberration is a visual filter that blurs the edges of your screen producing a lens flare like effect. CD Projekt RED, have confirmed that the filter can be turned off in The Witcher 3. Most are not fans of the particular effect, and in recent games like Dying Light and Lords of the Fallen, the majority turns the effect off. In some cases though, when used in moderation it's not that bad.
As CD Projekt RED’s GingerEffect wrote on the official forums:
“There is a toggle for Chromatic Aberration in PC Settings.”
Here are some of the responses in The Witcher 3 forums
its so subtle that i dont even care
lol, i'm in the same boat. I wouldn't even notice it if people didn't mentioned it
i love chromatic aberration, i think every game should have it
Keep in mind that just because you personally don't notice it or enjoy chromatic aberration doesn't mean it's equal for anyone else and if there's people who honestly are feeling physical ill (as addressed by the OP) when playing games that have it, then it is an issue that should be dealt with.
I personally can't play first person shooter unless there's enough FOV without feeling ill so I can definitely understand the concern that some players would want an option to toggle this feature off. In terms of the video posted by: amfibiya89 where a developer/artist-designer talked about it, I think the mention that "This is a video game" summarize the point best as it's not a matter of creating a "cinematic/movie-like" experience in a video game, which should be quite obvious today based on all the "cinematic experience" bullshit that has flown around on the internet.
Overall features are a good thing, but it should be up to the consumer to be able to change these features as them, themselves see fit. After all no one should get punished by an unpleasant experience because developer can't be arsed to account for physical differences (like this, motion sickness, colour-blindness, people with visual problems where scalable UI would solve it etc.) their customers might have.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will release for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on May 19 2015. We will bring you any new information on The Witcher 3, prior to its release as soon as it becomes available. Be sure to check our previous coverage for much more information on the game, here and here.