It’s taken a while to get our mitts on a PC copy of The Witcher 3, but we’ve finally got some hands-on time with CD Projekt RED’s latest. We’ll be getting a host of benchmarks soon, but in the meantime it’s time to have a rustle through The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s graphics options and settings menus.
There’s an absolute stack of things to tweak and fiddle with in The Witcher 3, as you’d expect from the folks at CDPR. If you’re not hitting those Witcher 3 recommended requirements then it’s going to be worth spending a bit of time in the graphics options detailed below to find the optimum performance.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Graphics Options
- Graphics Presets: Low / Medium / High/ Ultra
- VSync: Off / On
- Maximum Frames Per Second: Unlimited - 60 (Slider)
- Display: No. of Monitors (Slider)
- Display Mode: Windowed / Borderless Window / Full Screen
- Nvidia HairWorks: Off / On
- Number of Background Characters: Low / Medium / High/ Ultra
- Shadow Quality: Low / Medium / High/ Ultra
- Terrain Quality: Low / Medium / High/ Ultra
- Water Quality: Low / Medium / High/ Ultra
- Grass Density: Low / Medium / High/ Ultra
- Texture Quality: Low / Medium / High/ Ultra
- Foliage Visibility Range: Low / Medium / High/ Ultra
- Detail Level: Low / Medium / High/ Ultra
- Hardware Cursor: Off / On
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Postprocessing Effects
- Motion Blur: Off / On
- Blur: Off / On
- Anti-Aliasing: Off / On
- Bloom: Off / On
- Sharpening: Off / On
- Ambient Occlusion: None / SSAO / HBAO+
- Depth of Field: Off / On
- Chromatic Aberration: Off / On
- Vignetting: Off / On
As you’d expect there’s a huge amount of options to play with in The Witcher 3. Ultimately it’s a very demanding game, so having a play around with these settings could reap dividends. There’s the usual presets available for quick settings changes, including Low, Medium, High and Ultra. For point of reference, Nvidia claim a GTX 970 is needed for 1080p at Ultra and a GTX 960 for 1080p/High.
We'll have some screens for you soon, but it's worth saying The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt still looks surprisingly good, even on Medium, so if you're at the lower end of the requirements there's little need to worry. You need quite a bit of extra hardware power to begin cranking those quality settings up however, but the higher those settings go, the less noticeable the visual impact. On first impressions it's things like foliage and vegetation that benefit most, with a lot more of it in a lot more detail, creating a living, vibrant world.
In other parts of the menu you'll find full keybinding options, as well as the ability to change the HUD size - vital if you're planning on playing The Witcher 3 hooked up to a TV.
Keep your eyes out today for benchmark videos of The Witcher 3, as well as comparison screens and an in-depth look at performance hits from various graphics options.