The Witcher 3 offers a huge play world that needs to be explored. Here, the title looks even in low settings very well - but also high demands.The Witcher 3 offers a huge play world that needs to be explored. Here, the title looks even in low settings very well - but also high demands.

Originally, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appear already, 2014. However, developer CD Projekt pushed the release date again back to give the team enough time for optimization. was just in the PC version and is filed until shortly before the official start of the performance and the graphic effects. In particular, the lighting, the dynamic weather system and the huge game world presented the developers with great challenges and have often been revised, according to CD Projekt.

We have used the current PC version of The Witcher 3, including the day-one patch to determine the system requirements and the graphical differences between the levels of detail, further optimizations by CD Projekt have already announced. If by serious change something about Perdormance or optics compared to our version, we update the article after the official release accordingly.

Technically based Witcher 3 on our own Red Engine 3, a greatly enhanced version of the graphics engine, which was already in the second part of the series used and was then developed especially for it. In The Witcher 3, the character models now but are made up of up to 40,000 polygons and have about twice as many triangles as it was in the second part. According detail fall out of the characters and act thanks to complex motion-captured animations very lifelike.

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Official hardware requirements

At least:

  • Intel CPU Core i5 2500K
  • AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
  • Graphics card: GeForce GTX 660 or Radeon HD 7870
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 64-bit Windows or Windows 7 8 (8.1)
  • DirectX 11
  • HDD 40 GB

Recommended:

  • Intel Core i7 3770
  • AMD FX 8350
  • Graphics card: GeForce GTX 770 or Radeon R9 290
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 64-bit Windows or Windows 7 8 (8.1)
  • DirectX 11
  • HDD 40 GB

In our experience, especially the 6.0 GB of RAM as a minimum requirement are somewhat exaggerated. Even with 4.0 GB of RAM, we had at least not to fight in Novigrad with permanent Nachladerucklern. Even with 2.0 GB start the game, but we can recommend not. Our extensive technology table with many graphics cards and processors can be found in the conclusion at the end of the article.

Video Options

Overall, in the Video menu are 14 graphics options and additional post-processing area for another 10 to choose from.

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Graph options 1all controllers on the four general stages (low, medium, high and ultra) can be adjusted simultaneously.

2In this case, each option can be adjusted separately. With a total of 14 settings menu turns out very extensive.

postprocessingThe settings for the postprocessing options we activate additional effects like Bloom or motion distortion.

2Here there are another ten settings. Overall, there is therefore a full 24 ways to customize the graphic.

General video levels

When comparing the four graphics levels, most differences are only at a second glance. While making the texture quality still easily noticeable in both the characters and the floor and object surfaces, we need to look very closely at other details like terrain representation, grass density or water quality.

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Ultra

High

medium

Low

The bottom line is that The Witcher 3 looks still very good even at low settings. Compared to the ultra options but the title seems less atmosphere a bit sterile and spread through the detaillarmeren textures by the then limited lighting effects.

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The Witcher 3 - system requirements - technical checks with graphics comparison