The Witcher 3 on Switch Rumors Are Gaining Steam Ahead of E3

The Witcher 3 on Switch Rumors Are Gaining Steam Ahead of E3

How likely is a Switcher 3?

The Witcher 3 on the Nintendo Switch is one hell of a rumor, but it's been steadily gaining traction in the days just before E3. The biggest question with the rumor is, "is a Switch port even possible for The Witcher 3?" Digital Foundry tested this question and discovered: kind of.

The Witcher 3 on Switch rumors first began after a Chinese online retailer listed both a The Witcher 3 Switch and The Witcher 3 Nintendo Switch console. Geralt of Rivia voice actor Doug Cockle also tweeted a cryptic image of a photoshopped Switch running The Witcher 3.

As the rumors grow, we must ask the basic question: Will it even run on the Switch? The Witcher 3 is a beefy game after all. So Digital Foundry built a PC that matched the Switch's mobile specs and tried it out. The results were mixed.

Testing The Witcher 3 on Digital Foundry's custom rig at 720p showed sub-20fps gameplay. However, Digital Foundry also tweaked the CPU a bit to account for factors that wouldn't affect the Switch, like a computer's need to run Windows, DX 11, and GPU drivers.

When simulating an environment that was slightly more favorable for the Switch and gives the developers some benefit of the doubt, DF found that The Witcher 3 could run recognizably on a mobile-like PC rig at 576p.

The caveat is that there would need to be a lot of customization behind-the-scenes to get The Witcher 3 running reliably on the Switch. Luckily there are developers like Panic Button that specialize in these behind-the-scenes retooling, and they're the devs rumored to be working on The Witcher 3 Switch port.

However, the struggle to get The Witcher 3 running well on a lower-powered device is immense. So if the rumor proves to be true, we'll be very curious about seeing it first-hand to determine if the port is up to snuff.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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