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Video: Here’s your reminder to go grab The Witcher 3’s next-gen update (if you have the game)

Do you have a copy of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt? Do you have a current generation console (or PC) to play it on? Then you want today’s update.

Back in the saddle

Harnessing the power of next-gen hardware, the updated version of CD PROJEKT RED’s trilogy-concluding role-playing epic comes as a free download for owners of the original release of the game, featuring a wide variety of visual and performance improvements. These include real-time ray tracing for PC, Performance and Ray Tracing modes on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and Performance and Quality modes on Xbox Series S, support for DLSS on PC and AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution across all next-gen platforms, faster loading times, and more. Furthermore, the next-gen version introduces content and quality of life additions: items and quest inspired by the The Witcher Netflix show, new camera options, quick Sign casting, Photo Mode, cross-platform progression, map and UI tweaks, a selection of community-created mods integrated into the experience — among many others. The Complete Edition also comes with all previously released content for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — the award-winning Hearts of Stone & Blood and Wine expansions, as well as 16 pieces of extra content.

CD Projekt Red press release

You already have a good idea of what’s included with today’s update, but there are a few additional notes. For one thing, there’s availability. Anyone who owns a copy of the game on last-gen hardware (or PC), will be able to upgrade to the new version for free. Of course, you won’t be able to enjoy that new version unless you have an Xbox Series X|S or PS5 (or capable PC), but you get the drift. A note on that too actually, since there are dedicated current-gen versions of the game now, available digitally on both the Xbox and PlayStation stores. There’s also a boxed PS5 edition planned, but that’ll be along at a later date.

While this is all aimed at new consoles (and, again, PC) too, don’t forget that there’s some PS4/Xbox One stuff happening too. Those who are stuck in the past can download a fresh update that includes a bunch of “quality of life additions”, plus some actual new stuff. Fans will find “new swords and armor for Geralt, alternative looks for Dandelion and Nilfgaardian armor, as well as a brand new quest”, all inspired by the Netflix show.

So there you have it, it’s a pretty good day for anyone who wants to get lost in the world of The Witcher for the Holidays.

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Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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