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The Witcher III won’t be getting a PS4 Pro patch

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The PlayStation 4 Pro is coming. Sporting beefier internals, the newer PlayStation is going to make future PS4 games look and run better, taking full advantage of the advancements in display technology. One of the enticing reasons to consider an upgrade is to have the games you already own and love run better – especially those that don’t quite perform as well as you’d like.

Though the Witcher 3 runs pretty well on a PS4, it would definitely benefit from a frame rate upgrade – something the PlayStation 4 Pro should ably provide. While it may still, don’t expect any worthwhile upgrades to the game for PS4 Pro owners.

Rumours circulated last week suggesting that CD Projekt RED would forgo patching Witcher 3 to include Ps4 Pro support. Eurogamer’s now confirmed it.

“Since we want to fully focus on Cyberpunk 2077 and Gwent [standalone game], and converting The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from a full HD game into a 4K one [on console] would be too much of a time and resource-consuming process, we decided not to release an edition of Wild Hunt supporting the new features of PlayStation Pro,” CD Projekt Red told the site.

It’s a shame, but not wholly unexpected. Patching in an increased resolution on console isn’t quite as simple as adjusting a slider (in the way that it is on PC), and would take considerable work for it to run, and more importantly look as good as it should. In future, it should be easier for devs to support the entire range of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, knowing that they should plan for it from the start.

If you really, really do want to play The Witcher 3 in 4K, you can do so on a PC right now. You’re just going to need a very, very fast and expensive GPU.

Last Updated: September 20, 2016

17 Comments

  1. Original Heretic

    September 20, 2016 at 10:04

    This game looked amazing anyway and most of the performance issues were sorted in their various huge patches that were released.
    So this isn’t really a big deal.

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  2. ??????? ????? ™

    September 20, 2016 at 10:08

    I remember the first time I fought a Fiend. Tough AF. But oh man, what a fight!

    Same with my first cyclops. Sure, he was quite a few levels above me, but when he went down after 15 minutes, I felt like a true Witcher

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    • Allykhat

      September 20, 2016 at 10:14

      It took me 15 minutes to wrangle the pronunciation of that abortion of a name you are rocking Admiral…

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      • ??????? ????? ™

        September 20, 2016 at 10:14

        xD

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    • HairyEwok

      September 20, 2016 at 10:25

      I was roaming around on roach when I encountered a Water Hag protecting a single chest. Man was that a long fight especially since I was like lvl 3 and the hag was level skull. If i remember correctly i think the hags HP was like 3k and my sword did like 100 damage per hit.

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      • Matthew Holliday

        September 20, 2016 at 12:25

        Fighting Imlerith was one of the most rage inducing fights Ive ever participated in.
        The rest of the guys you fight in the game were pretty straightforward if you used like, one oil and one grenade. although yes, if they had a skull over them, GTFO ez

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    • james, lord of devonshire

      September 20, 2016 at 14:12

      I still have trouble with ghosts. Am i meant to throw bombs at them or something?

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      • ??????? ????? ™

        September 20, 2016 at 15:19

        Yrden. Trap them, then attack them

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        • james, lord of devonshire

          September 20, 2016 at 17:51

          I’ll try that thanks.

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          • ??????? ????? ™

            September 21, 2016 at 09:36

            Best of luck Witcher

  3. HairyEwok

    September 20, 2016 at 10:16

    And by fast and expensive GPU you mean a single GTX1080, and then you’ll get on average 49FPS, which is totally playable. Most other AAA games struggle to hit that 40FPS average mark at 4k on a single GTX1080 card, which shows how well this game is actually optimized.

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    • Dungeon of JJ

      September 20, 2016 at 10:24

      My wife runs Witcher 3 on high, on her laptop with an 850M in. To say it’s well optimised is an understatement. 😛

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    • Matthew Holliday

      September 20, 2016 at 12:27

      I actually struggled to get the game to run just right, even with my 970, no matter what your FPS was, it always felt like it needed just that extra 5-10fps.

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  4. HairyEwok

    September 20, 2016 at 10:30

    I fully support this move CDPR is making. The Witcher 3 had its glory and now its time to focus on Cyberpunk 2077. Let them place all their focus on Cyberpunk now and make that another great game to play.

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    • Matthew Holliday

      September 20, 2016 at 12:28

      Geralt has done enough, let him rest a while.

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    • ElimiNathan

      September 20, 2016 at 12:37

      Just seeing them mention it is already hyping me up

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  5. james, lord of devonshire

    September 20, 2016 at 14:15

    I f’cking loved Witcher. Novograd is one of my favourite cities from anything.

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