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The Witcher 3's Unpatched Launch Version Runs at 60fps on Xbox One X

A quirk in the launch version of The Witcher 3 sees the game running at 60FPS on Microsoft's latest console.

News by Mike Williams, .

Players who happen to have The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on disc and an Xbox One X are in for a treat. Apparently, that version of the game can run up to 60fps on the Microsoft's new console revision.

Why? Well the launch, unpatched version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt had an unlocked frame rate, meaning the game ran at whatever the system could handle at a resolution of 900p. Subsequent patches locked the frame rate at 30fps. Any Xbox One copy of The Witcher 3: Complete Edition will have those patches, so you need an original version.

According to NX Gamer, the game runs at 60fps in most scenarios, dipping down in the city of Novigrad, where it reaches 40fps. However, you'd be playing an unpatched version of the game, without any of the additional fixes and tweaks CD Projekt Red brought to later releases. It's an interesting test case, but if you're fighting this hard for 60fps, perhaps it's just better to go for the PC version?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt patch offering Xbox One X enhancements is still forthcoming. According to CD Projekt Red, it's leaning more on the visual side than the performance side.

"With the additional power of the Xbox One X, we are able to deliver The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 4K, while providing numerous visual tweaks such as higher-quality shadows, ambient occlusion & texture filtering, as well as higher resolution textures, and an all-around performance boost," Witcher 3 development lead Jakub Kutrzuba told Xbox Wire. "When enhancing the game for Xbox One X, we wanted to use the additional power of the console to deliver an even more visually stunning experience. When playing the game on Xbox One X, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's visuals are sharper and the overall presentation more vivid than ever before on Xbox."

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  • Avatar for AstroDemon #1 AstroDemon 13 days ago
    My PC can't run The Witcher 3 at 4k very well, and I have a GeForce 980 which is last gen, but holds up enough to not want to spend another $500 on a new video card. I spent my video card upgrade money on the Xbox this year. I haven't tried all that many games yet, but I have been noticing improvements with games that are not necessarily "Xbox One X Enhanced" like Forza 6. (I am still playing this regularly even though 7 is out!) The game was always good about keeping 60 fps, but everything just looks better to me in this game while maintaining the frame rate.

    I played some Burnout Paradise, Gears of War 2, Lost Odyssey, and Virtua Fighter 5 to test some backwards compatibility games, and all of those seem to scale well on my 4k display, though I don't think any of those necessarily got special upgrades.

    I love how some of the old games, like original Assassin's Creed got some 4k upgrades. Altair looks great once again. I know people like to slam this game, but it's one of my all-time favorites, and it's 10 years old this weekend.
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