The updates for the PC version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt are coming thick and fast, with the latest Patch 1.04 improving Nvidia Hairworks performance, boosting the quality of Ultra visuals, and adding 1280 x 720 as a valid resolution option, among other changes.

That latter point could prove a huge boost to gamers playing on lower-end systems. The lowest resolution available in The Witcher 3 was previously 1366 x 768, with the newly supported 720p resolution representing a 12% drop in the number of pixels rendered per frame.

Various bug fixes and tweaks have also been including, as well as the option for remapping keyboard controls, which until now had to be manually altered via a settings ini file.

The full update log for The Witcher 3 patch 1.04 can be seen below.

  • Rebinding of all keys is now available after switching on the ‘Unlock Bindings’ option in the Options\Key Bindings submenu.
  • Corrected an issue in the dialogue system that might have caused dialogue looping in certain scenes.
  • Fixed an issue with incorrect behavior of Wild Hunt warriors after they were affected by the Axii Sign.
  • Corrected a bug that caused spontaneous combustion of gas clouds.
  • 1280 x 720 resolution is now properly displayed as a valid resolution option.
  • Fixed boat stuttering in cutscenes.
  • Texture rendering quality for the high and ultra presets has been improved.
  • Further improvements made in NVIDIA Hairworks performance.
  • A few additional gwent cards are now available in the Prologue area.
  • Fixed an issue where users with usernames incorporating non-Latin characters were unable to import saves from The Witcher 2.
  • Includes a series of overall stability and performance improvements.
  • Fixed issues related to alt + tabbing and minimizing the game window.
  • Updated the game icon.
  • Enlarged the loot pop-up window in the UI.
  • Fixed an issue where, in certain circumstances, the comparison window could extend beyond the game borders in the UI.
  • Upgrading items included in gear sets no longer destroys rune sockets on said items.
  • Introduced small tweaks in the UI for gwent.
  • Corrected some missing translations in localized versions.

The update should download automatically from your chosen client. The changes hopefully signal The Witcher 3's visuals moving more in line with the pre-release screenshots. The 'downgrade' controversy certainly caused a bit of a stir last week, but the majority of GD'ers weren't too bothered by the visual changes.

Any GD’ers noticing some performance gains when gaming at the new 720p resolution? Are the HairWorks demands becoming more reasonable? Let us know your experience with The Witcher 3 post-update!