The next-gen update for The Witcher 3 will go live in a few hours, and it looks like fans of the third entry in CD Projekt Red’s series are in for a challenge, especially if they’re going to play the game on PC, judging from a few new comparison videos.
The first new comparison video, shared by ElAnalistaDeBits, compares all versions of the next-gen update, highlighting excellent implementation of ray tracing on PC, better screen area reflections in Performance mode on PlayStation 5, and better performance on Xbox Series X with ray tracing.
PS5 and Xbox Series S offer two modes: Ray-Tracing or Performance. Xbox Series S also offers two modes: Quality or Performance.
– Ray-Tracing mode on controllers only applies to the global illumination of the sun, moon and fire. Xbox Series S does not have Ray-Tracing. This mode also improves the quality of SSR reflections.
– PS5 has better SSR reflections in Performance mode than Xbox Series X in some areas.
Xbox Series S has lower settings. Performance mode reduces drag distance, vegetation quality, and shadows.
– The upcoming PC Ray-Tracing The Witcher 3 shows a tangible difference. It’s the only version with Ray-Tracing for global lighting, shadows, and reflections.
– On PC, Ray-Tracing has some visual errors in shadows and reflections. It is expected that they will be fixed with future patches.
– PS5 has a popup that is more visible than other versions.
The Series X does better with Ray-Tracing, but the PS5 does better in Performance mode.
PS5 has better loading times.
– In some areas the resolution of the Series X is higher than the PS5 and vice versa, but overall they both have a similar average resolution.
– On Xbox Series SI, I’d recommend Quality mode, while on PS5 and Xbox Series XI, you’d choose Performance mode.
– Hairworks still has an advantage over the PC version in terms of fur on some models. However, this technique does not behave correctly with global Ray-Tracing illumination.
As mentioned earlier, the PC version of The Witcher 3 next-gen update features an excellent implementation of ray tracing, which makes a huge difference, judging by the comparison video below shared by Cycu1.
The Witcher 3 next-gen update launches tomorrow, December 14th, on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X | S. You can learn more about everything the update brings to the game by reading the official update notes.