Home Gaming PSA: The Witcher 3 pre-load now live on Steam and GoG.com

PSA: The Witcher 3 pre-load now live on Steam and GoG.com

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The witcher 3

Are you part of the PC master race? Do you have a copy of The Witcher 3? Then do I have news for you! It’s that special time – you can now unleash the best on your bandwidth.

People often complain about pre-load times. It’s something that’s been around for ages for PC gamers (still new for the console fans), but for those who don’t have excellent download speeds, even pre-loading doesn’t always ensure that the game is ready to play at launch. Well fear not, this shouldn’t be the problem with The Witcher 3.

It’s officially time to start your downloads as pre-loading is open on Steam and GoG.com; if you are one of the million pre-orders, you can start downloading the game so that it’s ready to play on 19 May when it’s released into the wild. The Wild Hunt is almost upon us. Now for the console gamers to get the same courtesy.

Will you be downloading the game? If you’re one of the sorry people (like me) with ridiculously slow download speeds at home, you may want to download somewhere else or arrange some file sharing with those who have faster speeds. In fact, feel free to make arrangements here – it always warms my heart to see you all meet up and share files over beer or whatever other beverages. Beer, burgers and file sharing – see, local infrastructure does help bring people together… right?

Last Updated: May 12, 2015

112 Comments

  1. Captain JJ Browman

    May 12, 2015 at 12:04

    Yum.
    I cannot wait to pick up my physical copy.

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 12, 2015 at 12:08

      Ditto

      Reply

    • WitWolfy

      May 12, 2015 at 15:20

      R700 at BT on preorder. totally gonna get it!

      Reply

      • Captain JJ Browman

        May 12, 2015 at 16:39

        I got the PC version for just over R500 pre-order. Cannot wait. Wish it was the collectors edition though πŸ™

        Reply

    • riotdolph

      May 12, 2015 at 16:06

      With yahoo google youtube and lazygamer < i started working online, completing some basic jobs that only requires from you a computer and internet access and I am happier than ever… It's been 6 months since i started this and i got paid so far total of 36,000 bucks… Basicly i profit close to 80 bucks/h and work for 3-4 hrs most of the days.Best part to whole this thing is that you can decide when to work yourself and for how long and you get a paycheck

      at the end of each week. SEE MORE INFO

      Reply

  2. SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

    May 12, 2015 at 12:07

    “Are you part of the PC master race?”

    That was rhetorical, right? πŸ˜›

    On a side note. MY FACE IS READY FOR THIS! Someone load up Butt Stallion! We’re going to go riding around whacking monsters soon!

    I can get approx. 9 gigs a night out of my line. It’s time for her to earn her keep!

    Reply

    • Captain JJ Browman

      May 12, 2015 at 12:09

      If I was downloading The Witcher 3, that line would’ve felt violated afterwards from me not giving it a second’s rest.

      Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    May 12, 2015 at 12:08

    *Sees Telkom ad at the bottom of the article.
    http://img-9gag-fun.9cache.com/photo/ae0MjWq_460sa.gif

    Reply

    • Captain JJ Browman

      May 12, 2015 at 12:09

      Haha. I’ve got a MOBA add. Now THAT’s funny.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        May 12, 2015 at 12:09

        Play a dark moba?

        Reply

        • Captain JJ Browman

          May 12, 2015 at 12:10

          Yes

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            May 12, 2015 at 12:10

            Developed by Eskom?

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 12, 2015 at 12:11

            Probably

        • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

          May 12, 2015 at 12:10

          Hahahaha. A dark moba. Hahahahahahaha.

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            May 12, 2015 at 12:10

            It’s true XD

          • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

            May 12, 2015 at 12:11

            The best dark moba I’ve ever played is the one where someone is in the middle of an epic dota 2 teamfight and they might win the game and the entirety of TI5. And I switch their router off. πŸ™‚

      • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

        May 12, 2015 at 12:10

        No ads here. I paid for the PREMIUM LAZYGAMER SERVICE.

        Reply

        • Captain JJ Browman

          May 12, 2015 at 12:10

          I wasn’t willing to do those things for/to Gavin, so I don’t have a premium service ;P

          Reply

          • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

            May 12, 2015 at 12:11

            He didn’t ask for much. Only… my… silence…

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 12, 2015 at 12:11

            LOL

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 12, 2015 at 12:15

            That’s all we’ve ever really asked of you. πŸ˜€

        • Hammersteyn

          May 12, 2015 at 12:11

          But Darryn is starving. I disabled addblock on this site.

          Reply

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 12, 2015 at 12:15

            That’s because Darryn is secretly building a Batmobile.

          • Corrie

            May 12, 2015 at 12:17

            Out of an old Uno chassis and weed wacker engine?

          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 12:24

            Oh there will be whacking in is house all right

          • Corrie

            May 12, 2015 at 12:31

            I had something funny to write in this here box but after trying to think what his real whacking was I decided to write this in concern

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 12, 2015 at 12:26

            Lighter gas can in the back for dem flames

          • Corrie

            May 12, 2015 at 12:32

            For that added 1cc boost when needed :p

  4. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 12, 2015 at 12:10

    I’m getting a hard copy. No 50gb downloads for me.

    Reply

    • BurnZ

      May 12, 2015 at 12:11

      Was just about to ask what size the download would be. Haha imagine if i had to download this on my 2mb line. it would take at least two weeks running all day!

      Reply

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 12, 2015 at 12:12

        Oh I don’t know how big the dl is, I was just throwing a random number out. πŸ˜€

        Reply

        • Captain JJ Browman

          May 12, 2015 at 12:12

          If Shadow of Mordor was 44Gig for a 4m by 4m map, then this must be bigger

          Reply

    • Captain JJ Browman

      May 12, 2015 at 12:12

      You forgot to say, don’t support DRM

      Reply

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 12, 2015 at 12:12

        No I didn’t, I don’t give a damn about Steam DRM.

        Reply

        • Captain JJ Browman

          May 12, 2015 at 12:13

          Nah. I’m not bothered with Steam’s DRM either. It’s not invasive

          Reply

          • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

            May 12, 2015 at 12:16

            @Blood Emperor Trevor:disqus and @johnambitious:disqus are both rational men. I would upvote more. But the internet may explode. I applaud thee!

    • Corrie

      May 12, 2015 at 12:20

      It’s actually a 26GB download from Galaxy and a 22.5GB from GOG site

      Going to start tonight the preload, not going to actually grab a retail copy since I’m a little uneased at their downgrade of visuals, some can call me paranoid but yeah game took a beating in order to run on consoles and before someone screams PC fanboy it’s the truth you can easily see how it went from jaw dropping to okay I mean Ultra on PC doesn’t look ultra.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        May 12, 2015 at 12:22

        How is the galaxy?

        I’m thinking of rather using this

        Reply

        • Mossel

          May 12, 2015 at 12:22

          It’s pretty much like the site. Only a stand alone client. Nothing special really.

          Reply

        • Corrie

          May 12, 2015 at 12:27

          It’s okay, still has alot of work needed on it in order to work fine, their gui is a little obtuse and has so many things hidden away, but it’s a bit so it’s understandable, but I prefer just downloading straight from their website, I don’t think I’ll buy much from GOG now, 99% I still use steam even after their mod fiasco

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 12:29

            I got a free key, but on GoG, I too prefer running on Steam

          • Corrie

            May 12, 2015 at 12:35

            I honestly cannot see me jumping to GoG when I have over 400 games on steam and all it’s added benefits, Just hope that they damn patch SR2 like they did on GOG, would love a replay of that game, still the best Saint’s Row

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 12, 2015 at 12:30

            I forgot to install galaxy last night. Still want to give it a try though

      • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

        May 12, 2015 at 12:22

        My PC couldn’t run it on its highest settings anyway, tbh. I need an upgrade. It’s getting close to that time.

        Reply

        • Mossel

          May 12, 2015 at 12:23

          Same here. My GPU doesn’t make the minimum requirements, so I will have to wait and see how this works out.

          Reply

          • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

            May 12, 2015 at 12:24

            Yeah it’s my GPU as well that is the problem. It could handle everything life threw at it a year ago but the last year has just been brutal on it.

          • Mossel

            May 12, 2015 at 12:25

            Yup! Struggled with FC4, had to settle for medium graphics! The horror.

          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 12:26

            O_O

          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 12:24

            What do you have currently?

          • Mossel

            May 12, 2015 at 12:24

            I have a 560Ti. If I remember correctly they recommended a 660.

          • Corrie

            May 12, 2015 at 12:29

            The 560 is still a damn good card, still have mine in my 970’s box which is a little ironic….

          • Mossel

            May 12, 2015 at 12:29

            It is indeed! And I haven’t OC’d it yet, so the little bugger still has some fight in it.

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 12, 2015 at 12:39

            i put one of my AMD R9-270s into my 970s box.
            is that irony or an insult? i cant tell.

          • Corrie

            May 12, 2015 at 12:44

            More like a reminder as to why you went green :p

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 12, 2015 at 12:47

            not sure if i went green, or just couldnt tolerate crossfire anymore…
            guys talking about 560s running farcry 4 on medium, but the stutter lag from my crossfired R9-270s was just unbearable.

          • Corrie

            May 12, 2015 at 12:52

            Like the idea of SLI/Crossfire but still prefer single card since less problems

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 12, 2015 at 12:55

            Same this side, also power consumption….I have had many graphics cards before, but none make a better room heater than a GTX 580, not even the sun, nothing….

          • Corrie

            May 12, 2015 at 13:18

            Well for now my cpu is making a nice warm vibe, well it’s more the noise than anything else

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 12, 2015 at 13:24

            i liked it aswell.
            untill i didnt…
            its a cheaper upgrade option, but then you suddenly discover you have R5000 worth of graphics cards installed, but are getting just really sub par performance.
            never again.

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 12, 2015 at 12:41

            the difference between the 500 and 600 series was mostly efficiency, the Ti versions are pretty strongk, so it should be ok.

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 12, 2015 at 12:25

            I also have to see how it goes, min for AMD is a 7870 & I’ve got a 6950. Should be fine I think.

          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 12:25

            I have the 7870 OC, so yay!

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 12, 2015 at 12:27

            What does the OC stand for? Over Compensating? *run*

          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 12:28

            Nah, overly cool!

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 12, 2015 at 12:30

            You didn’t use capital letters, so this must be a fake statement then

          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 12:30

            Meh, DON’T CARE, WITCHER 3 IS ALMOST HERE!

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 12, 2015 at 12:31

            Yes. Let’s all be friends and kill monsters

          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 12:32

            Don’t forget the ploughing

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 12, 2015 at 12:33

            Yes, but ploughing with friends might be taken up the wrong way.

          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 12:34

            TAG TEAM?

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 12, 2015 at 12:35

            O_o

          • Corrie

            May 12, 2015 at 12:36

            o_O

          • Lord Chaos

            May 12, 2015 at 12:44

            Spit-braai?

          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 12:45

            XD

          • Skoobaz

            May 12, 2015 at 12:58

            Suid Afikaaner Eiffel Tower?

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 12, 2015 at 12:59

            Backing away slowly, do not look into his eyes…

          • Skoobaz

            May 12, 2015 at 13:09

            You got a problem with heterosexual eiffel towers? Why?

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 12, 2015 at 13:19

            One eiffel tower surrounded by Frenchies is more than enough for the whole world to handle, I would love to not see it crumble around me….

          • Skoobaz

            May 12, 2015 at 13:35

            Agreed. I’ll give that one to you! Down with the filthy frenchies, Boycott Ubisoft!

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 12, 2015 at 12:33

            Now you’re making it weird.

          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 12:35

            Just knowing you is weird, so I’m just following suit

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 12, 2015 at 12:29

            Must be

          • Corrie

            May 12, 2015 at 12:28

            Thought you had a 280?

          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 12:28

            Nope, still oldschool, not sure how the models/performance equate after the rebranding

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 12, 2015 at 12:53

            Reading the comments to here makes me wonder about some really interesting topics in games, that could potentially result in an arrest for public indecency…

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 12, 2015 at 12:24

        They must have some nice compression on that dl. I’m not too worried about that, I’ll only get to see what that would be like after I upgrade – I’ll be running on minimum so long.

        Reply

    • Matthew Holliday

      May 12, 2015 at 12:38

      since ive moved to capped, these 50gb downloads make me nervous.
      capped myself last month and had to drop an extra R200 for 10gb cap… scary scary.

      retail copy for me too thanks.

      Reply

  5. FreddyBear

    May 12, 2015 at 12:11

    Already finished my pre-load on the 5th….can’t wait!

    Reply

  6. Admiral Chief

    May 12, 2015 at 12:13

    JISSSSSSS

    Reply

  7. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 12, 2015 at 12:33

    Oh! Look at that blurred text on the top right of the screen shot! GRAPHICS DOWNGRADE CONFIRMED! πŸ˜‰

    Reply

    • Captain JJ Browman

      May 12, 2015 at 12:34

      You have opened my eyes oh great one.

      Reply

  8. Jonah Cash

    May 12, 2015 at 12:34

    I am already 5.3% in… Runs of crying
    Telkom has my 10mb line running at less than what my 4mb line ran… Its running at only 1.98mb.

    Reply

    • Captain JJ Browman

      May 12, 2015 at 12:34

      Urgh. Shame man.

      Reply

      • Jonah Cash

        May 12, 2015 at 12:35

        Phone call centre, guys says restart router everything should be fine now. Now I am running at under 1.7mb… Man they are really some special kind of stupid at Telkom and Eskom!

        Reply

        • Captain JJ Browman

          May 12, 2015 at 12:37

          Infrastructure idiots.

          Reply

        • Admiral Chief

          May 12, 2015 at 12:41

          I have some contacts that can do behind the scenes magic, I’d ask for your Telkom number, but we all know you can’t just post that in public

          Reply

        • Matthew Holliday

          May 12, 2015 at 12:44

          snap, my 4mb is also running at 1.7mb aswell…
          should just be daytime usage though.

          Reply

    • Admiral Chief

      May 12, 2015 at 12:35

      Mine just kicked off the download, 2.15mb

      I MAY JUST OVERTAKE YOU

      Reply

      • Jonah Cash

        May 12, 2015 at 12:36

        ………

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief

          May 12, 2015 at 12:42

          XDXD

          Reply

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        May 12, 2015 at 12:58

        It’s a race, the admiral is winning!!

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief

          May 12, 2015 at 13:01

          I’m already at 1%

          WHOOOOOSH

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 13:02

            That means 41.6hrs to go!

            πŸ™

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 12, 2015 at 13:05

            Hahaha!! I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to laugh, at least if it continues, please touch a piece of wood, without any load shedding you should be ok…. I’m currently waiting for a physical copy… 3G is…well…useless really…

          • Admiral Chief

            May 12, 2015 at 13:09

            Well, I think I’ll have it before the 19th!

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 12, 2015 at 13:18

            Hehehe, well, I’ll only be able to start playing it after work anyway, so I suppose I can wait, in the meantime I still have to finish TW2…

  9. Kensei Seraph

    May 12, 2015 at 12:40

    • Admiral Chief

      May 12, 2015 at 12:46

      Is that….steam coming out it’s nose?

      Reply

      • Kensei Seraph

        May 12, 2015 at 12:48

        her*

        She’s so excited her brain is overheating.

        Reply

        • Captain JJ Browman

          May 12, 2015 at 12:53

          I simply love the overly expressive faces of anime.

          Reply

  10. Sir Faulty

    May 13, 2015 at 10:43

    Already preloaded and ready to go. It came down suprisingly fast on my 4mb Internet connection

    I was averaging 1mb a second on Steam which was double what I normally get. Came down the pipes in 5hrs considering its a 23GB game.

    On the other hand it took me days to get GTA V downloaded – those 60GB plus games πŸ™‚

    Reply

  11. Skidoodilybop

    May 19, 2015 at 02:19

    I pre-ordered The Witcher 3 via GOG.com and have still not received a game Key, so I cannot start the download – whereas my husband, who pre-ordered on Steam, already downloaded the game, and has installed it! We live in the US, Pacific time. Has anyone else found themselves waiting to get the registration key so you can start the download?

    Reply

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