The Witcher 3 Modders Manage to Hit 60 FPS on the Nintendo Switch

The Witcher 3 Modders Manage to Hit 60 FPS on the Nintendo Switch

It'll just really heat your Switch up in the process.

Getting The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt onto the Nintendo Switch seemed a tough enough task, but now that the final product is out, players are already combing through the cartridge to see just how CD Projekt Red managed to do it. What they're finding is a host of options, some even letting you bump up the frame rate—though you could void your warranty in the process.

Switch modders have discovered that the postprocessing menus inside the Switch Witcher 3 aren't too dissimilar from the PC version. By copying in an adjusted file to a modded Nintendo Switch, using the PC version as framework, they're able to unlock new graphics options and tweak the game's visual fidelity with more sliders than before.

A good example is being able to adjust the anti-aliasing, which can crispen up the image. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Switch targets 720p and 30 frames per second, but by overclocking the modded Switch a bit, modders can get a crisper image running.

Modders kept pushing it further, overclocking the Switch and tooling around with the dynamic resolution until they found that at 540p resolution and maximum overclock, The Witcher 3 can hit 60 frames per second. It's not locked, but it's pretty impressive. Check out MVG's video below for examples of this in action:

The consensus on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Switch, at least from the technical community, has been that it's a pretty impressive port. Digital Foundry dubbed it a stunning handheld achievement, and while you might want to still enjoy Geralt of Rivia's journey in the highest fidelity possible, it's somewhat mind-blowing that this massive game manages to even run on Switch hardware.

If you're still sitting on the fence, check out The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's entry on our Top 25 RPGs of all time to see just why this game is so lauded, and so very worth your time.

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