The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Next-Gen Update Hits Xbox Series X|S on December 14

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Summary

  • Next-gen update is free for all current owners of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Xbox One.
  • Includes Performance and Quality modes, the latter implements Ray Tracing features.
  • Community-made mods and CD Projekt Red gameplay/content additions are baked into the game.
  • Features free Netflix “The Witcher” series inspired DLC, including a new quest.
  • Cross progression lets you bring saves from and to other platforms.

Get ready to explore the dark fantasy realm of the Continent in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Next-Gen Update. Whether you’re stepping into Geralt of Rivia’s shoes for the first time, or you’re a hundred-hour monster-slaying veteran, there’s plenty of reasons to immerse yourself in this vast world of choice and consequence this winter. The next-gen update for Xbox Series X|S arrives on December 14. It’s free for all current owners of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Xbox One, and is packed with improvements, new features, and extra content to bring this beloved RPG into a more modern context. So, let’s see what’s in store!

First, technical upgrades. Xbox Series X players can select from Performance and Quality modes. Performance prioritizes framerate at 60FPS, while Quality prioritizes visual fidelity at 30FPS. In Quality mode, Ray Tracing comes into play with Ray Traced global illumination and ambient occlusion bringing more realistic overall lighting and surface lighting effects. Xbox Series S players can select between dedicated 30FPS and 60FPS modes, with the former presenting the game with better textures and at higher resolutions, and the latter presenting a smooth 60FPS experience. In addition, Xbox Series X benefits from FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR), a powerful upscaling technology which boosts framerate, and uses a spatial upscaling algorithm to maintain high visual quality.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Next-Gen Update

The next-gen update also comes with integrated mods. The modding scene for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has always been vibrant and impressive, and we’ve curated a selection of mods to include improvements with a wide scope, such as reworked textures and character models up to 4K, refreshed monster models, visual bug fixes, immersion tweaks, and even map inconsistency fixes. It’s been great to implement community-made mods to help make this version of the game as beautiful, consistent, and up-to-modern-standards as possible.

We also have gameplay/content additions created by CD Projekt Red in-house. We scoured hundreds of mods and community requests to see what would make smart additions, and the effect is a more streamlined gameplay experience, with our own improvements on textures, character models, and cutscenes added as well. There are too many to mention here, but some additions of note include quick sign casting, making it simpler and more intuitive to cast Witcher signs in combat (no need to fiddle around with the radial menu and accidentally choose Yrden when you want Igni), more UI and map customization options, an…

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