PC too old to run The Witcher 3? No problem.

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The Witcher 3 is a demanding game. It eats up decent PCs for breakfast, even if it was subject to a visual downgrade or two. It means that many gamers – the sort who can’t afford the latest and greatest in gaming hardware or just haven’t kept up with the tech (but are gamers deep in their hearts anyway) are unable to play one of the year’s best games. Now they can.

Well, sort of. What they can do is play the game on settings below the game’s built-in minimum spec, making it look like a game straight out of last decade. Using a bevy of external programs to dial the graphical settings even lower than ought to be possible, LowSpecGamer (via Kotaku) has managed to get The Witcher 3 running on a weak laptop, at a playable 25 frames per second. Pity it looks like it’s several generations behind The Witcher 2, which would have played fine on this spec. Let’s take a look at the spec:

CPU: Dual-core 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7-2637M

I don’t want to be one of those people, but an i7 and 8Gb of RAM doesn’t seem that low spec to me. Yes, the GT 540M is a bit on the weak side, but was capable of playing The Witcher 2 at a decent frame rate. Still, the Witcher 3 looking like ass is still better than no Witcher 3 – so if you’re struggling to get the game to run properly on your system, this might be worth looking in to.

And of course, cue the elitists saying that now, it looks just like it does on console. Go on, get it out of your systems.

Last Updated: June 22, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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