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Witcher 3 patched up on PC, console fixes coming “soon”

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Unlike many of you, I’m not having a single issue with The Witcher 3. That’s mostly because I’m not playing The Witcher 3, as I’m caught up in other games for review at the moment. Essentially, my only issue with the game is the intense FOMO I’m suffering. That said, many have been having issues. Despite the game’s stellar critical and user reception, many have been having serious enough issues that they’re unable to progress in the game. They’re issues CD Projekt has promised they’d fix. And they have! On PC.

CDPR has released a brand new optimisation patch on PC that makes the game perform better, and look better too. Though it still doesn’t quite reach the visual fidelity early trailers promised the new patch allows for better texture sharpening, which should help appease the grumbling. A little. Of particular note is improved Hairworks performance, meaning Geralt and the monsters he fights will have fluffier, flowier hair.

Here’s what’s new, different and improved in Patch 1.03, which is available for PC right now. Console gamers will have to wait a little longer, though CDPR promises that the patch is coming “soon.”

  • Blood particles will now properly appear after killing enemies on the water
  • Boosted texture anisotropy sampling to 16x on Ultra preset
  • Corrects a bug where player was able to shoot bolts at friendly NPCs
  • Corrects an issue in dialogue selections
  • Corrects an issue with Stamina regeneration while sprinting
  • Corrects some missing translations in the UI
  • Fixes a cursor lock issue that sometimes occurred when scrolling the map
  • Fixes grass and foliage popping that could occur after density parameters were changed
  • Generally improves world map focus
  • Improves input responsiveness when using keyboard
  • Improves menu handling
  • Improves Nvidia Hairworks performance
  • Improves performance especially in cutscenes and gameplay
  • Improves stability in gameplay and the UI
  • Minor SFX improvements
  • Rostan Muggs is back
  • Sharpen Post-process settings extended from Off/On to Off/Low/High

It’s worth noting that CDPR has said that PC gamers can expect another, larger, more encompassing patch in the very near future.

Last Updated: May 22, 2015

130 Comments

  1. Trevor Matrix

    May 22, 2015 at 08:10

    I got the game on PS4 yesterday. Maybe I should wait till I get back from leave before I start playing. Let CDPR fix most bugs and then get into the game!

    Reply

    • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

      May 22, 2015 at 08:15

      Would be best. I have had the game since launch but I have been busy creating a video for a birthday so I have not really gotten into it yet. Next weekend however is monster killin’ time!

      Reply

      • sananmahar

        May 23, 2015 at 15:30

        ?????????Get Hourly by this site lazygamer < I didn't believe …that…my brother woz like truly making money part time at their computer. . there aunt had bean doing this 4 only seventeen months and resantly paid the dept on there apartment and bourt themselves a Lotus Elise .

        see this her ????? ===—->-> SEE MORE DETAIL

        Reply

    • Melasco

      May 22, 2015 at 08:52

      I have not had a single issue on PS4, except that I’m really battling to enjoy the combat and general feel of control after games like Bloodborne and Shadow of Mordor…. I’ll keep going but so far the action side of things is not quite what I expected. Story etc is fantastic.

      Reply

      • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

        May 22, 2015 at 08:53

        Ever played 1 and 2? The combat was an awefull QTE mess. Story was excellent though and you could mod the combat to playable levels at least. 🙂

        Reply

        • Melasco

          May 22, 2015 at 09:01

          I could not finish either because of that, but never bothered with mods. So yeah, at this point in time I’m a bit annoyed with it, but will push through. At least it looks amazing and runs well.

          Reply

        • ComradeHX

          May 24, 2015 at 11:18

          Consoles don’t have mods. huehuehuehuehue

          Reply

    • Valenlord

      May 22, 2015 at 09:28

      Did you get the game because of that ass???

      Reply

  2. Hammersteyn

    May 22, 2015 at 08:14

    Don’t support games that requires large patches. Cyberpunk is coming

    Reply

    • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

      May 22, 2015 at 08:16

      Just gonna argue with you as if you were him.

      Cyberpunk looks horrible and we have not seen any gameplay yet. Also GoG sucks I want witcher on steam!

      PS: Thanks …. I needed that. 😛

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        May 22, 2015 at 08:17

        XD

        Reply

        • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

          May 22, 2015 at 08:17

          #ComebackRyanza

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            May 22, 2015 at 08:19

            People will troll the poor guy to death I think, not me but they’ll roast him over the patches and bugs.

          • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

            May 22, 2015 at 08:20

            Oh so he is in hiding. Let me use my Ryanza call then

            “Support EA! Mass Effect:Seriously guys it won’t be called 4 is coming!”

          • Hammersteyn

            May 22, 2015 at 08:20

            hahahaha

          • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

            May 22, 2015 at 08:21

            Hopefully we get an actual title with the E3 preview.

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 22, 2015 at 08:31

            Mass Effect: The Trevor Chronicles. I have it on good authority!

          • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

            May 22, 2015 at 08:32

            Mass Effect: Artistic Integrity with 4 colours this time!

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 22, 2015 at 08:34

            Oh give it a REST !!!! WILL YA???

          • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

            May 22, 2015 at 08:38

            Computer says no. 😛

          • Skoobaz

            May 22, 2015 at 08:34

            CMYK?

          • Skoobaz

            May 22, 2015 at 08:34

            I DO NOT want to play as a space fairing hero running around in the buff

          • Nikola

            May 22, 2015 at 13:22

            #RyanzaforPresident

      • Krabby Paddy

        May 22, 2015 at 08:17

        I’m expecting graphics shown in that teaser trailer, otherwise I’m going to complain.

        Reply

    • WitWolfy

      May 22, 2015 at 08:25

      UBI will crucify you for saying that LOL

      Reply

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 22, 2015 at 08:26

        Worse, they’ll give him a free game on Uplay.

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 22, 2015 at 08:28

          THE HORROR!

          Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          May 22, 2015 at 08:29

          NOOOOOOOO!

          Reply

        • WitWolfy

          May 22, 2015 at 08:34

          A free game that hasnt been fixed by patches yet…

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 22, 2015 at 08:35

            …and only works 1 out of 50 times when you try to launch it

    • Skoobaz

      May 22, 2015 at 08:32

      Oh you!

      Reply

  3. Krabby Paddy

    May 22, 2015 at 08:20

    If you are encountering bugs (that are not too major) in the Witcher 3. Be thankful. It means you are getting in time to actually play it.

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 22, 2015 at 08:21

      Indeed, loadshedding effffffffed up my night last night

      Reply

      • Krabby Paddy

        May 22, 2015 at 08:22

        Crap one. My turn again this evening 😛

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 22, 2015 at 08:22

          Same here, I’m going to bed early, then waking up for an adventure at 22h00

          Reply

          • Krabby Paddy

            May 22, 2015 at 08:26

            Good plan. I’ve got lots of family stuff planned this weekend, so I’m going to just wait till next week when I got some leave. Hopefully no stage 3 next week!

          • Mossel

            May 22, 2015 at 08:26

            Have you turned up the difficulty to hard yet? I thought it would be easy. I though wrong. Leeroy Jenkins’ed into a group of 4 drowners and got my ass handed to me on a plate.

          • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

            May 22, 2015 at 08:29

            Playing at second highest difficulty. Already only doing quests 1 level below me for fear of one of the following things happening.

            Blade breaks mid way through a fight (already happened on griffin)

            I die several times on something I thought was gonna be easy.

          • Mossel

            May 22, 2015 at 08:31

            My plan is to have at least 2-3 saves ready. I completely forgot you need to repair your weapons and armour! Dammit. I also play on the second highest difficulty, it’s challenging but fair. Forces you to utilize your signs and environment. Also these 5 fundamental rules: Dodge, dip, duck, dive and dodge.

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 22, 2015 at 08:32

            The five rules of Witcher 3. We should make this a thing

          • Mossel

            May 22, 2015 at 08:42

            Right!?

          • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

            May 22, 2015 at 08:43

            Won’t work cause Ciri does not have any of those. She has Blink,Blink,Blink,Blink and Blink.

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 22, 2015 at 08:44

            Works for Geralt, works for me 😀

          • Lord Chaos

            May 22, 2015 at 08:46

            Did she get something in her eye? 😛

          • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

            May 22, 2015 at 08:50

            Short range teleport then. 😛

          • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

            May 22, 2015 at 08:34

            6th rule. Dragon bombs + igni = “YEAH DIE YOU BASTAR …… OH CRAP I WAS TOO CLOSE.” reload.

            😛

          • Valenlord

            May 22, 2015 at 09:27

            DODGEBALL!!! I love that movie!!!

      • Trevor Matrix

        May 22, 2015 at 08:22

        Something to keep you smiling during loadshedding. (Refresh)

        Reply

      • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

        May 22, 2015 at 08:22

        Last 24 hours straight video editing to catch up on 2 weeks of Eskom screwing me around. I am sooooo hopped up on red bull and coffee and I am at work looking like a drowner.

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 22, 2015 at 08:23

          NEED COFFFFFFFFFFEEEEEEEE

          Reply

  4. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 22, 2015 at 08:22

    • Trevor Matrix

      May 22, 2015 at 08:23

      I kinda think Ryanza is vomitting humble pie at the moment…

      Reply

  5. Dark

    May 22, 2015 at 08:22

    And its a very good patch I noticed differences right away!

    Reply

  6. WitWolfy

    May 22, 2015 at 08:23

    I havent encountered any glitches on PS4… YET, but some of the fighting does feel a bit awkward though… I will probably get used to it, eventually..

    Reply

  7. Mossel

    May 22, 2015 at 08:24

    Already installed the update. Haven’t had any issues yet and I’m about 5 hours in.

    Reply

    • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

      May 22, 2015 at 08:25

      Broken side quest right at the start for me.But then again I have not played long enough to find more.

      Reply

      • Mossel

        May 22, 2015 at 08:28

        That’s unlucky I guess, hopefully that was the last.

        Reply

    • Captain JJ Browman

      May 22, 2015 at 08:32

      I’ve also been lucky with no issues yet.
      Considering how much I’ve just been wandering around, killing things, this is good.

      Reply

  8. Dark

    May 22, 2015 at 08:24

    And the patches are small compared to most ….

    Reply

    • Geoffrey Tim

      May 22, 2015 at 08:27

      Mortal Kombat on the PC had TWO (2!) 15 Gig patches.

      Reply

      • Mossel

        May 22, 2015 at 08:29

        2! = 1 x 2 = 2. So, technically you are still correct.

        Reply

        • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

          May 22, 2015 at 08:31

          There is a HL3 confirmed formula in there somewhere.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 22, 2015 at 08:37

            I wanted to say the same thing

          • ReaperOfSquirrels

            May 22, 2015 at 08:38

            2! = 2 + 1 = 3 (as ! is on the 1 key)

            HL3 CONFIRMED

          • Mossel

            May 22, 2015 at 08:41

            The exclamation mark in mathematics is known as a factorial.
            Sorry haha, but I’m twitching too much to remain silent about this.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Factorial

          • ReaperOfSquirrels

            May 22, 2015 at 09:45

            You can take your twitching here http://www.twitch.tv

        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 22, 2015 at 08:37

          DAT PROFILE PIC!

          Reply

          • Mossel

            May 22, 2015 at 08:37

            Do you know it? xD

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 22, 2015 at 08:38

            Yes, it is the profile pic of a terrible helicopter pilot

          • Mossel

            May 22, 2015 at 08:38

            -.-

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 22, 2015 at 08:38

            Maybe you just don’t like the adventure that Mossel is trying to add to your games.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 22, 2015 at 08:48

            Have you been in a chopper with him? I think not

          • Mossel

            May 22, 2015 at 08:39

            and there I thought for a moment you had good taste in music. You win this time Admiral. You win this time.

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 22, 2015 at 08:41

            Think Red Faction Admiral! (very vague hint, I’ll admit)
            Get it, Mossel?

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 22, 2015 at 08:42

            If you are not Listening to Steve Hofmeyr, you are not listening to good music! Finish en Klaar!

          • Mossel

            May 22, 2015 at 08:43

            I…I have no response.
            Except…YOU CAN’T KILL THE METAL!!

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 22, 2015 at 08:46

            EN ek’s lus en staan vir altyd hier en wag!
            Ek voel die keer is jy die een wat laaste lag!

          • Mossel

            May 22, 2015 at 08:53

            lol xD. Ek is ongelukkig glad nie n fan nie, ek verkies musiek wat so donker soos my hart is.

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 22, 2015 at 09:01

            Britney Spears dan?

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 22, 2015 at 09:01

            Too much glitter

          • Lord Chaos

            May 22, 2015 at 09:02

            She’s a vampire?

          • Mossel

            May 22, 2015 at 09:03

            Gee vir haar n kitaar en swart eye liner dan kan dit dalk werk!

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 22, 2015 at 09:04

            So, basically me in female form then ;P
            #trollingmyself

          • Mossel

            May 22, 2015 at 09:06

            hahaha! When you start dissing yourself you have found inner peace.

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 22, 2015 at 09:07

            I like to tell myself that too. Helps me sleep at night 😉

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 22, 2015 at 09:13

            Tell me, how is work…

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 22, 2015 at 09:17

            Fine, just fine 😐

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 22, 2015 at 08:46

            But my hint.

          • Mossel

            May 22, 2015 at 08:54

            Dammit! I didn’t get it! Only played the very first Red Faction about a million years ago! xD

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 22, 2015 at 08:59

            😀

            For those who don’t know. The album is called Volition – same as the development studio that worked on a few Red Factions

          • Mossel

            May 22, 2015 at 09:01

            aaaah!!! Yes!! Now it makes sense! Completely forgot the development studio was also Volition. I went to go see Protest the Hero live at Klein Lib. Mind=blown.

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 22, 2015 at 09:02

            I didn’t even know they were here. 🙁
            I don’t know all their stuff that well though, the new Periphery album has pretty much stolen all of my metal time lately.

          • Mossel

            May 22, 2015 at 09:05

            Right!? The Juggernaut: Alpha album?! That guy has an amazing voice! I don’t like the guitar tone too much, but it’s still freaking epic!

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 22, 2015 at 09:10

            Yes. Absolutely brilliant voice that Spencer. I listen to quite a bit of djent, and these guys are some of the best.

      • Trevor Matrix

        May 22, 2015 at 08:33

        HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAHHHAAAA HHHHHAAAA Heeheeeehhhheeeeeeeeeee BWAAAAHHHAAAAHHHHAAAAAAAA and so on and so forth.
        My word! Did they rewrite the fucking game?

        Reply

        • Lord Chaos

          May 22, 2015 at 08:39

          Aliens:CM had a 38GB patch once

          Reply

          • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

            May 22, 2015 at 08:39

            And it was still shit. 😛

          • Lord Chaos

            May 22, 2015 at 08:39

            *is

          • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

            May 22, 2015 at 08:41

            was … till my 35GB patch fixes it.

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 22, 2015 at 08:46

            Did you install something else over it?

          • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

            May 22, 2015 at 08:49

            “was” has already been changed to “is”

            Please make sure you have patch 1.04 installed.

      • Captain JJ Browman

        May 22, 2015 at 08:34

        So much for buying physical to have less to download.

        Reply

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 22, 2015 at 08:37

        There is a “WHAT YEAR IS IT” joke in there, but it is too sad

        Reply

      • WitWolfy

        May 22, 2015 at 08:40

        Heard that game was broken like Eskom for PC on release. Glad they fixed it.

        Reply

  9. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 22, 2015 at 08:25

    Got the patch last night. Was all set to play, loaded up Galaxy, 600mb-odd patch to dl. Gave me time to read my book a bit hehe.

    Now, for the love of GOD, can the next patch PLEASE allow remapping movement controls. That is literally my only problem with the game.

    Reply

  10. Captain JJ Browman

    May 22, 2015 at 08:31

    I gained new respect for CDPR and GOG Galaxy last night when I got this patch.
    I could actually still play the game WHILE it was downloading the patch. When I exited later it just applied it to the game. Never thought I’d actually say this, but Steam could learn from this.

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 22, 2015 at 08:36

      MADNESS!

      Reply

    • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

      May 22, 2015 at 08:36

      At least your GoG works. Most people get “game not supported” and have to go through various forums and posts to physically download the patch themselves.

      Reply

    • Mossel

      May 22, 2015 at 08:36

      So much this! ^
      I was also really impressed by this.

      Reply

  11. Skoobaz

    May 22, 2015 at 08:32

    Can we wait for the next patch? In other words will it include the previous patches or do we need to install them consecutively?

    Reply

    • Matthew Holliday

      May 22, 2015 at 09:15

      been a while since ive had to anything manually, but with CoD 4, you had to do them consecutively, in order.

      Reply

  12. SEGA Neptune

    May 22, 2015 at 09:06

    Nep Nep wants to punch Eskom 🙁

    Reply

    • Lord Chaos

      May 22, 2015 at 09:07

      Just make sure you punch with enough “Power” 😛

      Reply

  13. Matthew Holliday

    May 22, 2015 at 09:16

    fyeah.
    And not a single crash was had last night.

    Reply

  14. Valenlord

    May 22, 2015 at 09:30

    Tonight I am going on my adventure, my friend’s first child was born yesterday so as you can imagine the missus was all like no gaming for hubby tonight… I WANT TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL!!! So I had to comply….
    #keepwomanhappy

    Reply

  15. Aries

    May 22, 2015 at 09:49

    Fetched my copy few minutes ago, ready to play in a while
    edit: and loadshedding skipped me today, hahahahahaha

    Reply

    • Matthew Holliday

      May 22, 2015 at 09:51

      is your body ready now?

      Reply

      • Aries

        May 22, 2015 at 09:53

        Not yet, but who cares, nothing going to stop me now

        Reply

  16. Pieter Kruger

    May 22, 2015 at 10:27

    WOW, improved Hairworks on Nvidia while AMD is still battling to just get it working properly?

    Reply

    • Mark Treloar

      May 22, 2015 at 10:39

      Because….

      Reply

  17. Mark Treloar

    May 22, 2015 at 10:37

    Grass finally looks like grass

    Reply

  18. Nikola

    May 22, 2015 at 13:22

    I have played constantly from Wednesday every day and had 0 issues with the game working 100% no bugs whatsoever!!

    Reply

    • rogaine

      May 23, 2015 at 06:27

      Love the avatar. Next season, we’re going back to the Finals.

      Reply

      • Nikola

        May 25, 2015 at 13:07

        I hope so!! Screw Lebron:) Don’t need him!!

        Reply

  19. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    May 22, 2015 at 14:54

    I just spent about 15 minutes compiling my schedule next to that of Eskom’s to work out when I’m “allowed” to play The Witcher 3…

    Reply

  20. Riley

    May 24, 2015 at 17:47

    ???????? that’s a full enjoy with lazygamer……….. ?????? JOIN FREE

    Reply

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