Will The Witcher 3 reach 1080p on consoles? Probably not

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Resolution and frame rate have become massive buzzwords thanks to the PS4 and Xbox One. Lately it’s more important to find out whether a game is running at 1080p and 60FPS instead or seeing if it’s actually, you know, a good game. The Witcher 3 already looks incredible, but how will it look on console?A little while ago CD Projekt Red stated that they were having issues with reaching 1080p on the Xbox One, but that the PS4 version of The Witcher 3 should be able to reach Full HD. It’s been a few months since then and now it seems neither console will be able to hit 1080p.

During an interview at Gamescom, Visual Effects Artist on The Witcher 3, Jose Teixeira, didn’t seem confident about reaching the fabled console resolution by next year.

Ideally, we’re pushing for 30 frames per second. The resolution, honestly, it depends; we’re working on it, we’re trying to get it as high as possible. If we can make it at 1080P, sure, but I don’t know if it’s going to make it. To be honest, I really don’t know. Probably not. But for sure, we need it to run at a smooth frame rate, so at least 30 FPS.
We’re doing optimization right now and I have to say, it’s actually running quite well. To be honest, we were expecting a lot worse. When we first started playing on PS4 and XB1, we expected the game not to work at all, because it was so heavy, so we were expecting it to crash, but it’s actually running. It’s not quite there yet, but it’s running. So I think that with a little more optimization, I think we’ll get it running really well.

If it comes down to resolution and frame rate, having a smoother experience always comes first. It’s good that CD Projekt Red is prioritizing a stable 30FPS over reaching higher resolutions, but it is curious that neither console might be able to handle The Witcher 3 at 1080p.

Is it just a case of the game becoming too big for even the PS4 to handle, or is CD Projekt Red aiming for console parity and letting the Xbox One hold things back a bit? Nothing has been officially confirmed, so until then a lot could change. Especially since we’re still nearly six months away from launch.

The Witcher 3 will be released in February next year on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Last Updated: August 21, 2014

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