Witcher 3 Dev Responds to Report That Game May Not Run In 1080p on PS4, Xbox One

"We are working hard on optimizing the game and nothing is set in stone," CD Projekt Red says.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt Red has responded to a recent report that quoted a developer as saying the ambitious RPG may not run in 1080p on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. CD Projekt Red marketing manager Tomasz Tinc tells GameSpot today that the studio is constantly optimizing the game, and explains that a final resolution has not been determined.

"As [The Witcher 3 visual effects artist Jose Teixeira] said, we are working hard on optimizing the game and nothing is set in stone," Tinc explained. "Our engine team remains optimistic and we will surely squeeze the most we can out of each console. I know you might be expecting concrete info like the final frame rate and resolution, but it's simply impossible to give you that sort of thing before the optimization process is complete."

In an interview from Gamescom, Teixeria told World's Factory that CD Projekt Red is aiming for the highest possible resolution on PS4 and Xbox One, but he acknowledged that the game might not reach full HD. "I don't know if it's going to make it. To be honest, I really don't know. Probably not," he said. He did assure console players, however, that frame rate for The Witcher 3 should be at least 30fps.

This is not the first time the matter of resolution for The Witcher 3's PS4 and Xbox One versions has come up. In April, a Russian website claimed that the PS4 version of the game would run in 900p, while the Xbox One iteration would output in 720p--CD Projekt Red said this was just a rumor. And in May, CD Projekt Red CEO Marcin Iwinski said "there's a chance" the PS4 version will run slightly better than the Xbox One version.

Resolution for current-generation consoles has been a hot-button issue of late, as many multiplatform titles often perform better on PS4 than Xbox One. Most recently, we learned that Microsoft pushed Blizzard to make Diablo III run in 1080p on Xbox One, bringing the game's resolution on par with the PS4 version.

The Witcher 3 was originally scheduled to launch this year, but was delayed in March and is now slated to launch for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on February 24, 2015. CD Projekt Red recently published a 37-minute gameplay walkthrough, which you can watch right here.

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3068 comments
sirrektsalot
sirrektsalot

I wonder if my gtx770 will be able to run this properly. 

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

Nothing new here. The most demanding games always needed a powerful computer, there is so much you can do with a $400 console. Can't do Formula 1 racing with a pick-up truck. As for me well... I like Witcher enough to start thinking about what to upgrade computer wise to enjoy this game.

l2humpie
l2humpie

I remember seeing something about how EA had an engine for a game that would only run on next-gen consoles and that PC wasn't ready yet. It looks like witcher puts that to rest.

andymacka23
andymacka23

i have finally figured out why you pc elitists hate on consoles.Its because pretty much all devs cater to consoles and yous cant take it a bit like being mummy's boy until the baby comes home and everything changes forever.You can go on about how much better the pc is etc but in the end all i hear  is how mods do this or cant wait for the mod none of you buy a game to play a game you buy it in the hope some dungeon dweller will add iron man to your game you fools  i feel sorry for you lot really i do.And you can big up this mob making the witcher all you want but on day they will get in bed with ms/sony its a god damm certainty and i will compare your comments on them from here to there just like bio ware.

RyogaRod
RyogaRod

Looks like the old bait and switch. What they showed was an incredible looking game that looked fun to play. I'm sure the fun factor will be there, but I won't be surprised if this is another Watch Dogs type moment as far as graphics are concerned.

wookiegr
wookiegr

10 million gamers went with the PS4 because it was assumed that most games would be 1080p. Less than 4 Million games went with X1 because they are loyal to their brand and don't care about the quality of games. I would guess that only around 10 million gamers give a crap if Withcher 3 is 1080p or not. Those not denying themselves the definitive gaming experience of owning both consoles and a PC will always be able to choose which version they want. It sucks that games have to be so damned big that consoles have a hard time getting the game to play the way the developers had imagined but that's what happens when you shoehorn a PC game onto a console and not the other way around.

toadface123
toadface123

They wont be able to run at 1080p because they can't.

DynDasE
DynDasE

Console Parity + PC graphical pushes
Nothing to see here... :P

andymacka23
andymacka23

funny how it is all pc master race talking about 1080p and graphics etc,.Tell me how the most popular game on pc is league of legends and its sheer graphical prowess lol.Also tell me how much fun arma 3 or atlis is with its unoptimized mess d-syncing all over the place shut up get of your high horse and have fun with broken messes.

dexter-404
dexter-404

Again all i'm seeing is the stupid resolution controversy it shouldn't be a controversy it's plain stupid to get annoyed by it. Did the demo look good yes so what the hell is your problem if it's 900p then good 720p or higher is HD so there is no problem with your tv in that case and another note is that watch dogs and most of the multiplayer on the PS4 is 900p i dont see you complaining PS4 users that's right it's because there is practically NO difference (that you can see)

Jock9
Jock9

Again I don't care, if I get the world of The Witcher 3 at 900p or higher that's still better than what I was getting on PS3 or Xbox 360, and I still get to play the massive world of the game, which would take a strain on the graphics of the game itself.


Same goes for the new Dragon Age: Inquisition, as long as it's 900p or higher I can take that to enjoy the massive world, and hours of gameplay.


If graphics bothered me as much as it does for some people, I wouldn't bother playing the Fallout games, Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect, Dead Space or the other two Dragon Age games anymore.


jameson420
jameson420

The 60FPS crowd are a bunch of whiny bitches! PLaying games at 60 FPS gives me terrible eye strain, i'll be gaming while you are complaining like children...

ooole
ooole

The "graphics" don't matter crowd need to understand it's 2014 and these consoles we still refer as "next gen" can barely run remaster editions of last gen at a decent framerate/resolution. This crap is not acceptable.

kr3000
kr3000

@beazermyst Lets look at facts here.  To say if your PC cant max it it will probably have worse performance than the console version is simply untrue.  OK maybe if your playing on a 6 year old laptop.  The fact is that the current consoles are aging low range PCs and the game HAS to be dialled down to make it viable on them.  This still leads me to my initial point which I see no console fanboy has yet responded too, surely you are worried that consoles can't even get to 1080p in some cases this early in their run.  Imagine the situation in 6 years time.  The new consoles are a joke and are going to leave their owners horrendously far behind technology.  This is surely concerning??

utterlyotter
utterlyotter

@andymacka23  Hmm, what??

A little tip: It´s never a good idea to post something online when drunk, heavily medicated or just generally seriously discombobulated...


Get well soon.

frozenuxx
frozenuxx

@RyogaRod

Don't even make the mistake of putting CDPR on the same footing as those incompetents  at UBISOFT. The only versions downgraded here will be consoles ones to accommodate the hardware limitations.

adnaan
adnaan

@RyogaRod 

There's real-time footage running on Xbox One that at least gives us confidence that this will be nothing like the Watch Dogs obvious graphics downgrade. I'll give CD Projekt Red more credit based on their track record.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@RyogaRod There won't be a Watch Dogs moment, because you should know by now that E3 trailers are played on PC (and that E3 2012 WD trailer was on PC with dual 680GTX)..they only downgraded the console versions because of their old hardware and downgraded PC version as well to keep "parity" with it. Luckily TehWorse found it out and now we can play WD how it's meant to be played (like the demo in 2012).

With that said..stop comparing Ubisoft which has a history of shitty PC ports with CDPR that ha had good portfolio of previous games that were very optimized. 


Also they didn't lie at all about resolutions and stuff..900p 30 was the X1 demo at MS conference..everywhere else was the 4 month old PC build. They said they were maxing out X1's power like a year ago. 

This is a very demanding game and it needs a lot of resources to render that beautiful sprawling world Witcher 3 has so not getting to that particular resolution is understandable. I will say it again..1080p with settings on low will look worse than 900p with settings on medium-high because resolution =/= graphics.

The game will be great regardless of what platform you will play it on (everyone who played Witcher 2 on 360 thought it was awesome and a technical marvel on that console even though it was 8 years old and it was basically the PC version with all settings turned down). But, if you are interested in both smooth gameplay and graphics you buy/upgrade your PC for this game.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@zunair101 You won't get clicks from me liar! 

dakagesama
dakagesama

@wookiegr You meant to say "Millions gamers went with X1 because they are loyal to their brand, they find the the quality differences so minor to ps4 and understand game play is the same, and also features that it have and will have more coming.  

adnaan
adnaan

@toadface123 


I'm more open to the idea that both current gen consoles based on past precedence, will improve their GFX performance significantly as  developers start to really understand the hardware.

kr3000
kr3000

@andymacka23 pc gamers dont talk about 1080p anymore.  We talk about 1440p upwards.  See you in 10 years

frozenuxx
frozenuxx

@andymacka23

Gee you guys are still on this. Those consoles, as opposed to what SONY/MS have been relentlessly marketing for months since E3 2013, performance wise are in fact lame. And the truth has been exposed for quite a while for everyone to see and that's all there is. 

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@andymacka23 Well LoL is popular because it's a multiplayer team based game that has reached Esports level a few years ago..Dota 2 as well..CS GO, WoW, Minecraft etc..what do they have in common? (it caters to a lot of people because they got a casual side as well and they are made to work on almost all configuration of specifications out there).

NeoBillbine
NeoBillbine

@dexter-404 Most people own 1080p displays so they want the game rendered at their display's native resolution. They get the best picture quality in this way, not too complicated an issue obviously. 

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@jameson420 You should get your eyes checked if that happens, because it is an objective fact that 60fps is a lot smoother than 30.

merrickx
merrickx

@jameson420 No, it doesn't. That is a placebo effect rendered of confirmation bias.

vackillers
vackillers

@jameson420 Then get some glasses or stop playing games for 20 hours of the day. You wont get eye strain then

justerthought
justerthought

@ooole 

You just said it yourself, "at a decent framerate/resolution". The problems were last gen. PS4 is running the games smooth in high quality. That is all you need. No need to shoot for the stars, the quality on offer is superb. Don't forget, resolution is far more critical on a PC because jaggies are more noticeable on a computer monitor than a HD TV. 1080p on a PC monitor looks average, but on a TV it looks superb.

Of course a high end PC will always be superior due to the extra eye candy onscreen, but it is not essential. It's not like PS4 vs XB1 where you're paying a similar price for similar tech but one is vastly superior, so the choice is a no brainer.

adnaan
adnaan

@kr3000 


I have to disagree. Let's look at this is from another angle. Both consoles due to their fixed hardware will be able to punch well above their weight. This is not new news, it happened last gen. Resolution is not the holy grail of IQ; there are many other visual effects that come into play to determine the overall IQ of a particular game. Developers need time to code their existing 3D engines to take advantage of the new performance paradigm. Old engines optimised for last gen running on this current gen are not prove of their maximum performance. You will definitely see next-gen games; AC Unity, The Division, The Order, Horizon 2/Drive Club are just a few titles just starting to effectively utilise the new hardware.

shaddi18
shaddi18

@kr3000 So current gen consoles went from being mid-range PC equivalents to aging low range PC's...soon they'll be compared to handhelds from the 90's.


You people are hilarious..and whats really disturbing is how you truly believe your own BS.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@kr3000 Why would it be concerning? The 360 and PS3 had vastly over-extended life cycles, with newer technology leaving them in the dust fast long before their time was up. Despite that fact, there were still tons of great gaming experiences to be had on each. The one thing that PC gamers need to come to terms with is despite you having a potentially more powerful and definitely more modular platform, the gaming industry is still a console driven one. Many developers will continue to make games tailored to the console experience. The Witcher 3 is different since it has its roots on the PC side but that definitely will not be the case with a lot of games. The XB1 and PS4 will be just fine and PC will still be graphically superior so everyone should be happy.

andymacka23
andymacka23

@utterlyotter mate i just got drunk looking at this ''discombobulated''

andymacka23
andymacka23

@frozenuxx @andymacka23 i have both xb1 and ps4 could have got a gaming pc but choose not to along with at least 15 million other ppl less in a year into new consoles life.So far 15 million ppl dont care what you think fool there will be more.

jameson420
jameson420

@merrickx @jameson420 Or I feel like i'm tripping whilst looking at a screen that is 60 FPS and 1080P. I didn;t even want a new TV because it messes with my eyes, i'm glad that you know how my eyes feel.. 

vackillers
vackillers

@justerthought Have to disagree with you there, its not just about the jaggies, its about how pixelated a picture is on a TV thats anything bigger then a 32" and all those low resolution pixels get super stretched and degrade the picture quality. That is easily noticeable no matter what platform you play on.

frozenuxx
frozenuxx

@andymacka23 @frozenuxx

When you go around making crazy statements like MS/SONY did about those consoles, they better back it up or you get what you have been seeing with all those resolutions "shenanigans". People are going to call them out on their bullsht. Don't say your devices can do sht they obviously can't and that's the bottom line lol. Even that rtard of EA CTO said that those consoles were more advanced than the highest end PC on the market in 2013...yet here we are HAHAHA

Talk about selling stinking bullsht and you people eating it up like the sheep you are.

You can buy a console all you want, i don't give a flying fck, hell i even own a ps3 myself but i don't make the mistake of seeing those devices as powerhouses, like MS/SONY have been marketing, you people believing it, when they are far from it.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@dexter-404 @NeoBillbine Just because you don't see the difference that doesn't mean there isn't.

1600 x 900 = 1,440,000 pixels.
1920 x 1080 = 2,073,000 pixels.

So what looks like a measly little 180p difference is deceptive. It's actually a difference of 633,000 pixels. Ryse is running at a 30% reduced resolution from what it should be.

xbr85
xbr85

@jameson420 @merrickx I know the remedy: 

Play in 120hz! Either you'll be cured or your eyeballs will explode!

shaddi18
shaddi18

Tamasi launched a smear campaign as soon as these consoles were announced, for obvious reasons...and in actuality he claimed that the CPU is comparable to a low end gaming PC's CPU and the GPU to a low-Mid ranged PC.

But the fact that these consoles are pushing out exclusive titles that aren't possible on low tiered hardware in the PC space speaks for itself.