Witcher 3 "fairly close" to maxing out power of Xbox One, PS4

CD Projekt Red CEO Marcin Iwinski says studio was able to achieve the mark by deciding years ago to skip Xbox 360 and PS3.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt leverages nearly every ounce of power from the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, developer CD Projekt Red CEO Marcin Iwinski has revealed.

"There is a lot of power in these machines, and I don't want to say we're using them to their capacity, but we're fairly close to doing so," Iwinski told IGN.

Part of the reason why CD Projekt Red has been able to nearly max out the power of the new machines is because the studio decided to skip Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 more than two years ago.

"So we've spent a lot of time with these machines, and it's been a great experience across all three platforms. On the old platforms, namely the Xbox 360 and PS3, we probably would have had to sacrifice nearly half of our vision," Iwinski said.

Earlier this week, Iwinski said releasing an uncompromised version of The Witcher 3 on Xbox 360 or PS3 would be "impossible."

Also in the interview, Iwinski reiterated that The Witcher 3 has more than 36 possible endings and upwards of 100 hours of gameplay altogether. For more on The Witcher 3-- due out in 2014 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC--check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

idk either to buy a 1500$ PC to get this on max settings 60FPS 1080P 

or to buy those cheap plastic boxes with limited hardware that will get a HUGE optimaztion to them 


but i guess it's all a question of money.. and priorities...

Biotasticmeat
Biotasticmeat

I'm with you so far CD projekt Red but I swear to god if you pull some "720p at 30 FPS" bullshit with the One I'm going to have a nice chat with you. It involves a baseball bat and your head! I bought an Xbox One to jump into the next generation. If your "maxing out" the consoles you sure as hell better be giving me a good game with high end stats. I don't want another troll bait article to pop up saying "WITCHER 3 can only run blah blah blah on Xbox One." I'm Sick of these Sony drones getting a field day with their overrated PS4 and how it can play everything in super awesome this and that.

Jrounder82
Jrounder82

I guess you guys don't understand that microsoft and sony can't make these powerful nex gen systems...

well they can but they would cost  1000,2500 dollars ... I mean would you guys buy a 1,999 dollar ps4 ? because if they made it really next gen it woud cost alot of money hell just the graphics cards would be 400-800 dollars. 


so to make the systems sell for 400 to 500 dollars there is not much they can put in them.  I mean think about it you need 1000 to 1500 for a decent gaming pc 

Baconelite
Baconelite

Hah, maybe "fairly close" to maxing out the power of the Xbox One, but remember that the PS4 is 40-50% more powerful than the Xbox One.

RighteousNixon
RighteousNixon

This game is going to be amazing. I finally broke down and read the books after finishing Witcher 2 and they were amazing and made me even more excited to finally get my hands on Witcher 3. This should be the best looking game of the year. 

DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

Quite frankly its about the games, and the games that will be fresh and console focused over the next 6 years, we want to see new ideas and innovations, look at Minecraft, that hardly looks revolutionary and yet it is. I personally cant wait to play lots of new indie games on the PS4, most of you are stuck in the AAA title world. It doesn't hurt to expand your horizons once in a while, playing games nobody knows about.

deathstream
deathstream

Yeah, they aren't close to maxing out the potential of the consoles, but probably maxed out what they can do with the current SDKs.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

This game looks fantastic because they maxed out the consoles' potential. Now imagine if a developer came out and said, "We've maxed out modern PCs' potential with this game." Imagine how that would look. Oh, wait. https://robertsspaceindustries.com/


Can't wait for both games.

GarGx1
GarGx1

Not surprising seeing as the new consoles have the same capability as hardware that's been around for a few years now. Add to that CDPR are one of the few developers willing to push high end PC's and are well used to the architecture now inside PS4 and Xbox One.


Basically they have very little new to learn in coding these consoles.


It's a good thing at the moment but in a couple of years time PS4 and Xbox One will be really struggling to keep up.


Maybe it's just me but this new console generation feels like a stop gap and more than a little experimental.

HBninjaX
HBninjaX

That is unbelievably sad.  These cheap plastic toys hilariously referred to as 'next gen' are ruining gaming

Ruster25
Ruster25

If PC gamers are superior to console players, because of graphics, why do they care? 


Also, why do they all sound like their Mummy bought their PC for them in the first place....

isshiah
isshiah

People can't resist forming themselves into groups and declaring their group to be the best.


I just want to play. Far away from the fanboys, if possible. 

andymacka23
andymacka23

pc master race i am but a mere console pheasant but refresh my memory how did things go for the last people shouting about being the master race just a though.

andymacka23
andymacka23

also invest so really pcs are better than consoles well this guy thinks you need to invest so very very dear pcs are better than consoles also withcer 2 pushed the xbox to the limit has anyone played gta v metro last light crysis gowar judgment dead space 1 2 3 bioshock infinite tomb raider red dead redemption far cry 3 rage battlefield 3 4 so he should tip his hat to these developers and try and learn something what do you think

andymacka23
andymacka23

mark iwinski done a interview with mcv here are some answers question this is the first time you are working on a game across all platforms at launch having come from a pc background can you talk a bit about how the games will fare. answer Well, The Witcher 1 was a very core PC game, and you could see the hardcore-ness in it. In The Witcher 2, we moved away from that a bit, but it still had those elements. The only issue was we didn’t have the resources to do two platforms at the same time, but if you look at how we did the Xbox 360 version, it was one of the best Xbox 360 games and it was really squeezing the machine to the limit. So what we’re looking to do with The Witcher 3 is to push each of the platforms to their limits. For PC, which in theory is infinitely scalable, you’ll be able to get more, but you have to invest. On the consoles, the difference will not be huge because they’re actually brand new PCs. So I think gamers on each platform will get an extremely good experience and they should be very satisfied with the quality. does my eyes deceive me or does he say on consoles the difference will not be huge well i am getting mixed signals here he also goes on to say the 360 was way more powerful than ps3 so make of that as you will i will take anything this man says with a pinch of alt in future anything for more publicity be there you go.

jumalan75
jumalan75

This 1080p 720p crap war is so ridiculous... I bet 90% of gamers wouldn't be able to tell the difference anyway. I'll take a game that runs well any day regardless of console.

The real issue is what about ps4 not having a controller that fits the hands of men?

SOlsWyx
SOlsWyx

Already? lol nice one consoles

SoulxReaperx366
SoulxReaperx366

@quickshooterMk2 perhaps the fact that pcs are now and have always been backwards compatible will help you in the sense that you don't need to keep a bunch of consoles, and that there are more pc exclusives than anything else, and the fact that you can get mods, which are amazing in open-world sandbox games, and the fact that you don't have to pay to play online in any game will help you choose the better choice.

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

@Biotasticmeat xbox fanboys are just as bad so dont kid yourself dude all 4 sides of the console/PC areas have petty immature fanboys and seeing as your statement includes the words sony drone i can only assume you are a fanboy, also if you bought a xbox one to jump into next gen you got the wrong one . . . im no fanboy by all means but honestly xbox one says it in its name its an all in one entertainment machine not a next gen console PS4 went that route and you can rage all you like im just pointing out facts and even microsoft themselves constantly claim its a media device 

Leistalhamr
Leistalhamr

@Biotasticmeat 

Two years ahead of the curve ought to mean they are all over the cloud-based computational power to pick up what 10% CPU load or whatever the Kinect stores, to do maths on lighting effects etc, to hit that 1080p @ 60 fps! That is the unseen power of the XB1 console is it not? Lick 40-50% of a turd PS4 fanboys :P

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

@Jrounder82 lol im a pc gamer and get sick of PC master race tards who talk about how much better graphically computers are, 1st thing in the first place PC's for gaming are more expensive to actually see this difference at 1080p 60fps and then you have tardos who say we already have 4k gaming . . . just as a note nvidia showcased 4k gaming at 60fps at ces guess what? . . it used 3 gtx titans >.> in the uk that is £2400 on graphics alone so yer anyone who brags they have 4k gaming is because theyre rich mummy bought their computer or someone has too much time or money on their hands and tbh has little to no life lol there is no reason to go that overkill 

Biotasticmeat
Biotasticmeat

@Baconelite LOL your "god of a gaming system" isn't that good. It realistically probably is maxing out both systems. Ahh Sony drones, where would be without 'em?

LittleMac
LittleMac

40-50% is a higher estimate than what most tech sites have put it on. A percentage in general is almost impossible to give as the components work with each other in different ways, for example if the gpu is x faster and the ram is a separate y faster then there is no universally accepted calculation to say that x and y = z (being an exact percentage faster). But i digress, the quote may still be accurate, we've seen numerous games running at a higher framerate on the ps4, if this is the case coupled with possible higher rez textures it could account for the difference.

RighteousNixon
RighteousNixon

@DeanoFantasy Just stop! Your are not special because you play indie games. The inde game market has absolutely EXPLODED in the last 2 years and that is because millions of people are now playing them. Stop prentending that your something special because you play a wide vairety of games. Your not. Do you even have any clue how many people are playing Minecraft? Its been at the top of Amazons sales charts on the XBox 360 for the last 8 months. If most of us were stuck in AAA land, then indie market would not be exploding in poularity. Again, you are not special, your just like everyone else. 

ShimmeringSword
ShimmeringSword

@spikepigeo I don't think Star Citizen is doing much maxing out. It looks pretty, but it's not hard to do that with a space based game. There's not a lot that needs to be processed in space, so more visual quality can be applied to what little there is.

Crysis1 was a true innovator in visuals. It took several generations of video cards to catch up to that game.

andymacka23
andymacka23

@GarGx1look at tablet sales where do all you think the pc will be in 10 years so really we should enjoy it will it lasts

andymacka23
andymacka23

@HBninjaX

You didn't make any point at all. Just slung a thinly veiled insult.

Let's say a PC game is able to run at 120Hz at max settings. If most PCs can't do this but a $1000 plus can, what's the validation therein?

Everyone shouts that PC is the best, but not all PCs are created equal. A rig with 2 Titans runs better than a rig with one 780. This is just the fact. The consoles you speak so derisively of don't have the problem of one Xbox owner running a game better than another Xbox owner. There is parity.

With PC it's not the same. A $1500 PC can't run AC4 better than a $5000 PC. Despite your utopian wishes, this is not possible.

If the PC Elite are always screaming that PC has the highest spec and is the most powerful, why are they limiting their standard as "better than consoles"? Why can't the standard be the maximum possible performance. If you can concede maximum settings and maximum framerates on a PC, then there is no difference between you and a console peasant. Because the console peasant makes concessions as well.

andymacka23
andymacka23

@HBninjaXwithout them gaming would be ruined take gta v for instance it took a quarter of a billion to make and has since made over 1 billion on even cheaper plastic toys so really makes your argument futile and i bet you anything the witcher will sell more on the cheap plastic toys

GarGx1
GarGx1

@Ruster25 It's not the gamers that are superior, just the hardware.

zedetach
zedetach

@jumalan75 it does make a difference. once you have 4k tvs going mainstream in a couple of years, resolution will matter. pixel density will be increasing significantly and this will result in a notable difference between a 720p and 1080p game. to have an idea of what this would be like, try playing a game at 720p and 1080p on the pc; the difference is painfully obvious.

jesot
jesot

@SOlsWyx Witcher 2 is possibly the most resource-intensive game on the market, already.  The version on the 360 is a completely raped version, graphically.  The PS4 and X1 are not powerful machines.  They run on an entry-level GPU.  It's not surprising that the graphically dumbed down version of Witcher 3, which is taking a huge leap in content and visuals, is able to just about max out those systems.

andymacka23
andymacka23

@SOlsWyx the dev in question claim you should start saving up for an upgrade with the pc specs being released its that rubbish or true over to all you

rob9999991
rob9999991

@uchihasilver @Biotasticmeat Very true, but there are just soooo many Sony fan boys... It's like they all went back to Jr. High or something..or they just "are" in Jr. High.

rob9999991
rob9999991

@Leistalhamr LOL! I own an X1 one and that is yet to be seen... Will thoroughly enjoy it no matter what but would be nice to have a game this stunning match or surpass what will be on the PS4. time will tell.  

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

@Leistalhamr cloud storage cannot do that microsoft and developers behind forza even said this, no one has implemented because net speed globally isnt up to scratch yet also grow up you make all xbox owners look like petty fanboy retards

CallMeDuraSouka
CallMeDuraSouka

Glad I'm not the only one whose a PC fan and sick and tired of the master of nothing title being over used.

70 plus million Steam users...awesome

How many are actually running Titans, cross fired with multiple uber high end screens, and a state of the art cooling system

More like than not, many PC users are probably middledin gear, and short of the higher fps don't have the overwhelming graphics leap over the console peasants

Baconelite
Baconelite

@Biotasticmeat@Baconelite Not sure why you need the quotation marks there. No one said "god of a gaming system". Anyway, you are probably right. I just wanted to poke at the Xbots.

ShimmeringSword
ShimmeringSword

@andymacka23@GarGx1 There is always the need for more power and a PC/Server will always deliver that better than a tablet. PC's aren't going anywhere.

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@zedetach @jumalan75 Just like PS2 games look crappier on PS3 then they actually are thats how your games will on 4K, stretched out and blurred, have fun :)

andymacka23
andymacka23

@jesot@SOlsWyx graphics are not everything in fact i could play the witcher 3 think its the best game ever on crap graphics you could play it with amazing graphics think it is awful it is the person that makes the connection then starts these forms yet here you are talking of graphics give me a list of games that blew you away with graphics story gameplay multiplayer replay value there really should be a few as you have such a great system surely not one bad looking gameplay story can come to be on it have  at it

SoulxReaperx366
SoulxReaperx366

@jakobennis @SoulxReaperx366@quickshooterMk2at least an i5 over 3ghz, 4gb ram, gtx 670 or better, everything else is your call. If you're using anything more than 1080p or multiple monitors you'll want at least a 680 or 2 670s or better. If you really care about frame rates. It's always better to have more than what I listed, but it'll do for witcher 3.

CallMeDuraSouka
CallMeDuraSouka

Don't kid yourself.... The PC master race, and Xbots are just as bad, and in the case of PC usually far worse.

All super fanboys are half witted, fact of life