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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt cover
Developers
CD Projekt Red
Publishers
CD Projekt
Engines
REDengine 3
Release dates
Windows May 19, 2015
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at Wikipedia
The Witcher
The Witcher 2007
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings 2011
The Witcher Adventure Game 2014
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2015
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game 2018
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales 2018

Key points

Fairly extensive graphics settings, with a good amount of configuration files for fine tuning.
Official modding tools are available.[1]
Nvidia Ansel has been added to the game, essentially functioning as a built-in photo mode.

General information

PC Report
Official Website
Official Forums
Official Witcher Wikia
Official Witcher Wiki
The Witcher 3 Nexus Mods
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Contents

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
Initial retail release requires the launch file. Launch file requirement removed in later retail releases. Patches and DLC are only available by activating on GOG.com.[2]
GOG.com key
Windows
Amazon.com
GOG.com key
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Game of the Year Edition also available.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
GOG.com key
Windows
Humble Store
GOG.com key
Windows
Origin
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Windows
Steam
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The client always downloads the complete set of bonuses when installing the game.[3]
Windows
All the digital distribution versions come with free bonuses that include the soundtrack in MP3 and FLAC formats.
All versions of the game can run without GOG Galaxy and do not require any type of authentication, activation, or digital distribution software.
Initial release have 4 DVD's (2015 version)
6 DVDs on the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition release (2016 version).

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
'Ballad Heroes' Neutral Gwent Card Set Free.
Windows
Alternative Look for Ciri Free.
Windows
Alternative Look for Triss Free.
Windows
Alternative Look for Yennifer Free.
Windows
Beard and Hairstyle Set Free.
Windows
Blood and Wine
Windows
Elite Crossbow Set Free.
Windows
Expansion Pass Includes Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine.
Windows
Hearts of Stone
Windows
New Finisher Animations Free.
Windows
New Game + Free.
Windows
New Quest 'Contract: Missing Miners' Free.
Windows
New Quest 'Contract: Skellige's Most Wanted' Free.
Windows
New Quest 'Fool's Gold' Free.
Windows
New Quest 'Scavenger Hunt: Wolf School Gear' Free.
Windows
New Quest 'Where the Cat and Wolf Play...' Free.
Windows
Nilfgaardian Armor Set Free.
Windows
Skellige Armor Set Free.
Windows
Temerian Armor Set Free.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The retail release requires a launch file to play. Further patches require activating on GOG.com.[2]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use Skip Movies mod[4]
  1. Download the Skip Movies mod
  2. Extract the contents of the archive to <path-to-game>\mods\.

Skip loading screen narration videos[edit]

Edit user.settings config file[citation needed]

Add this setting:

[LoadingScreen/Debug]
DisableVideos=true

It will autoskip loading screen videos (which you can also skip by pressing space).

The Witcher 3 Extended Graphic Settings[edit]

Supreme to Extreme Graphics Options aims to give players extended in-game graphics settings for beyond the bounds configurations. This mod goes beyond of what the now deprecated Witcher 3 Config Tools was able to achieve. As alternative UGOM can be used instead as a more advanced in-game menu. Both mods can be a extremely heavy task for the GPU.

The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project[edit]

The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project aims to improve the graphics by reworking models and textures to better quality.

Increased Draw Distance[edit]

LOD NPC is a mod that significantly increase Level of Detail at distance of NPCs. The mod also forces the constant use of high definition models at distance.
Next Generation LOD is a mod that significantly increase the average Level of Detail at distance of the game. This mod significantly decrease Pop in caused by the distance based model swap of the game. It also fixes the vanishing sails of the games' various ships.

Community Bug Fixes[edit]

The Nitpicker's Patch is a community mod with a massive collection of fixes that resolves a variety of bugs and visual glitches.

Physics Bug Fixes[edit]

NPC Physics 60FPS FIX is a community mod that fixes hair, fur, clothing, medallions, weapons, etc, behavior when the game runs at different than 30 fps speeds. The mod was build to run with the E3 Geralt Hair Physics 60FPS FIX that fixes the same problem on Geralt's non-hairworks hair.

Improved Weather[edit]

The Realistic Weather is a mod that tweaks the dynamic weather of the game. This mod acts almost like a DLC for the main game and improves immersion without changing the original vision of the game.
The Dense Rainfall will increase the drop count of the rain. This mod gives much more accurate rain effect.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/292030/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\gamesaves\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/292030/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution for setting a custom resolution if needed.
Multi-monitor
Cutscenes are 16:9; use patched .exe.
Ultra-widescreen
Cutscenes are 16:9; use patched .exe.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 60°. See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Controlled by Texture Quality setting. Low is 1x, Medium 4x, High 8x and Ultra 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
FPS cap can be configured to 30, 60 or unlimited in options menu.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Xbox One S/X and PS4 (Pro) only.
Color blind mode
Improves visibility of tracks, marks, footprints and scent clues.[5]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Edit user.settings config file[citation needed]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\user.settings with a text editor.
  2. Find Resolution=XXxYY and set your resolution (e.g. Resolution=1152x648).
  3. If you want to use a resolution lower than 1024x768, also find FullScreenMode=X and Change X to 1 or use borderless mode.
  4. Save the file and launch the game.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Add FOV slider (Patch 1.30)[6]
  1. Download FOV Slider and Custom Localization Fix.
  2. Extract modFOVSlider\ and modCustomLocalizationFix\ to <path-to-game>\Mods\.
  3. Extract modFOVSlider\bin\ and modCustomLocalizationFix\bin\ to <path-to-game>.
  4. Start the game and set the FOV using the slider in the options menu.
Going over 89 will break interior lighting and cause severe rendering/performance issues. Game uses Hor+ scaling with vertical measurement; 89/90 is equivalent to 119/120 and fine for people who like the widest FOV in games. If you like 110 or 100 or 90, then you want 80 or 70 or 60 respectfully.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Game uses SSAA for cutscenes, but has no edge smoothing during gameplay.
SMAA via SweetFX[citation needed]
  1. Download custom SweetFX
  2. Extract archive contents to <path-to-game>\bin\x64 and replace DLL's with ones from "x64" folder

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Since version 1.04 all keys can be remapped.[7]
Mouse acceleration
Under Video Options, enable Hardware Cursor to disable mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Can only be changed if Hardware Cursor is disabled. You can enable it again after you change the sensitivity.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
XInput, Xbox One Controller and DualShock 4.
Controller remapping
Possible by editing the input.settings file or with mods, some are available on the Nexus.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
X-axis inversion also possible.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
[8]
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Rapidly changes button prompts. Enable Steam Controller support here.[9]
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller.
Steam Controller button prompts

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, effects and voice.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 (no in-game option).
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Loading screens and cinematics (FMVs) do not mute on focus lost.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Arabic
Traditional Chinese
Czech
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Russian Localization Fixes by DJ_Kovrik
Spanish
Turkish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
TriDef 3D
UI is 2D by default, occasional rendering problems with distance shadows and decals.

Issues fixed[edit]

DLC not available through in game menus[edit]

Manually verify game files[10]
  • Go into the <path-to-game>\DLC\ folder. Make sure there's no folder named "DLC" in it, there should however be folders named "bob", "ep1" and "DLC1-16".
  • This can be the result of trying to install a mod using the NMM and instead of placing the mod files in <path-to-game>\DLC\ it creates an extra folder.

Hair physics only works correctly when playing at 30 FPS[edit]

Unable to summon your horse[edit]

Save your progress and restart the game[citation needed]

Mouse delay/lag[edit]

Turn off in-game GOG overlay Galaxy feature[citation needed]
In the settings, enable Hardware Cursor[citation needed]

Microstutter[edit]

Disable GOG Galaxy In-game overlay[citation needed]
If you perceive that the framerate stutters, even if tools such as FRAPS show 60FPS try[citation needed]
  1. Set game frame limit to Unlimited in the Video Menu.
  2. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\user.settings with Notepad and look for a line called "limitfps".
  3. Set it to anything that is above 30 but below 60 (for some reason 30 and 60 locks cause stutter) eg. 31-59.

Framerate drops[edit]

Even on high-end GPUs, it is possible to experience choppy framerate when in Novigrad or other large cities. Frame rate capping can provide a fix.
Limit framerate to 60 FPS with Rivatuner[citation needed]
  1. Open Rivatuner statistics server from tray
  2. Add a profile for Witcher 3, by pressing the plus sign in bottom left corner and going to executable
  3. For this profile, enter 60 for FPS limit, hit enter to apply
  4. Enable vsync in game or via video drivers to remove any tearing you may experience after
You can also limit framerate in the in-game graphical options menu, but this may lead to stutter. It is advised to set this as Unlimited if framerate limit is configured via external program.
Prior to patch 1.21, framerate drops and stutter may be caused by the game triggering the garbage colector all the time to save VRAM. To alleviate this simply navigate to <path-to-game>\bin\config\base and open gc.ini. Then find the line with "ObjectMemoryTrigger" and change it's value to 512. In most cases this will fix stutter in novigrad entirely. There is no known way to tweak GC after patch 1.21 because it was redonne from scratch. Now GC will regulate itself based on user's machine.
Other known way is navigating to your <path-to-game>\bin\x64 folder and simply deleting the APEX_ClothingGPU_x64.dll file there has been known to solve some stuttering issues and improve framerates for multiple users ever since launch.

Poor performance on Nvidia Kepler GPUs[edit]

This occurs on Kepler GPUs due to issues with certain Nvidia driver versions.
Update to at least the 353.06 WHQL drivers[citation needed]

Axii's alternative mode not working[edit]

This bug occurs when points are spent both in Delusion and Puppet
Disable the Delusion upgrade[citation needed]
Alter the delay to use a sign's alternative mode for keyboard[12]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\input.settings with a text editor.
  2. Find every instance of IK_Q=(Action=CastSignHold,State=Duration,IdleTime=0.2) and set 0.2 to 0.05
  3. Save changes.

Notes

This alters the delay to trigger alternative casting mode from 20ms to 5ms.
Alter the delay to use a sign's alternative mode for gamepad[13]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\input.settings with a text editor.
  2. Find every instance of IK_Pad_RightTrigger=(Action=CastSignHold,State=Duration,IdleTime=0.2) and set 0.2 to 0.05
  3. Save changes.

Notes

This alters the delay to trigger alternative casting mode from 20ms to 5ms.

Proper HUD positioning for different aspect ratios[edit]

For 16:10 change the value of uiVerticalFrameScale to 1.1253.
For 21:9 change the value of uiHorizontalFrameScale to 1.3125.
Edit user.settings config file[citation needed]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\user.settings with a text editor.
  2. If your aspect ratio is vertically greater than 16:9 increase the value of uiVerticalFrameScale above 1.
  3. If your aspect ratio is horizontally greater than 16:9 increase the value of uiHorizontalFrameScale above 1.

Stutter while using a controller[edit]

Edit the config file hidden.ini[citation needed]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\bin\config\base\hidden.ini.
  2. Change LockControlScheme=0 to LockControlScheme=2.
  3. Save the file.

Notes

Stutter occurs because the game rapidly changes between controller and keyboard prompts.
This forces the game to use controller prompts.
There won't be any keyboard prompts even while using keyboard controls.

(Hearts of Stone DLC) Game crashes / minimizes / freezes during a romance scene with Shani[edit]

Disable all post-processing options[citation needed]

Mouse input problem/actions mapped to mouse buttons unresponsive[edit]

This can be caused by mouse software such as Logitech's SetPoint. Exiting the program before launching the game should fix the problem[citation needed]

Fullscreen Exclusive Mode does not work in Windows 10[edit]

Disable Fullscreen Optimizations for witcher3.exe
  1. Locate witcher3.exe under <path-to-game>\bin\x64.
  2. Right Click on witcher3.exe and select Properties.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Under settings select "Disable fullscreen optimizations" and click OK to save the changes.
  5. Start The Witcher 3 and make sure Fullscreen is selected and not Borderless Fullscreen under video options.

Unable to adjust Gamma in-game[edit]

Set Preserve System Gamma to Off
  1. In the main menu go to Options > Video > Graphics
  2. Make sure Display mode is set to Fullscreen
  3. Set Preserve System Gamma to Off
  4. Restart the game
  5. You should now have the Gamma option under Options > Video

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 5
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Nvidia PhysX Makes use of some Nvidia-accelerated effects that may cause slowdown on AMD GPUs.
Audio Audiokinetic Wwise
Interface Autodesk Scaleform

Recommended Mods for First-time Players[edit]

Many visual and gameplay mods can greatly improve a first-time experience without appreciable drops in framerate or drastic changes to gameplay mechanics.

Photo Mode[edit]

The Witcher 3 photo mode can be achieved by using internal console command. Camera angle and game condition (time of day, weather, pause/resume, etc.) can be manipulated as needed (also works while in realtime cutscene).
If you have an Nvidia GeForce graphics card, you can use Nvidia Ansel as an alternative—allowing you to take screenshots with an extremely high resolution or 360° field of view. You can also add extra post-processing effects. Ansel can be activated by pressing Alt+F2 while in game.

Instant sign casting[edit]

Enable instant sign casting so you don't have to use the radial menu (you don't need the mod files, just follow the instructions on the page).

Improve performance on AMD-based systems[edit]

Download Windows 10 based AMD driver libraries[citation needed]
  1. Download the most recent version of Windows AMD drivers - performance boost.
  2. Extract the content of the downloaded archive in <path-to-game>\bin\x64\
  3. Start the game.

Change in-game cinematic framerate[edit]

Modify user.settings file[citation needed]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\user.settings with a text editor.
  2. Change MovieFramerate to which you desire (e.g. 60 or 120).

Disable Cinematic Supersampling[edit]

Modify user.settings file[citation needed]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\user.settings with a text editor.
  2. Add MovieUbersampling=false under [Visuals] section.

Disable radial blur when using Witcher Senses[edit]

Modify user.settings file[14]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\user.settings with a text editor.
  2. Add MotionSicknessFocusMode=true under [Gameplay] section.

Enable Debug Console[edit]

Modify general.ini file[15]
  1. Open The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt\bin\config\base\general.ini with a text editor.
  2. Add DBGConsoleOn=true under [General] section.
  3. You can open the console with ` (on an US layout keyboard, might differ for other layouts)

Improve HairWorks performance on AMD hardware[edit]

Create a profile via Catalyst Control Center[16]
  1. Create a profile for witcher3.exe in the Catalyst Control Center
  2. Set Tessellation Mode to Override application settings.
  3. Set the Maximum Tessellation Level to either 2x, 4x, 8x or 16x.

Fix Ground Texture Errors on AMD Hardware[edit]

Create a profile via Catalyst Control Center[16]
  1. Create a profile for witcher3.exe in the Catalyst Control Center
  2. Set Tessellation Mode to Override application settings.
  3. Set the Maximum Tessellation Level to either 4x, 8x or 16x.

30FPS framerate cap fixes framerate buffering problems[edit]

Use RTSS to set a 30fps framerate cap[17][18]
  1. Disable the in-game frame limiter
  2. Disable in-game Vsync
  3. Use borderless fullscreen mode for correct triple buffering
  4. Install RTSS
  5. Create a profile for Witcher 3 by clicking on the “+” sign
  6. Set a 30FPS framerate limit in RTSS

Toggle DLC outfits[edit]

Enable/Disable alternative look outfits
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\user.settings with a text editor
  2. Find these lines
  3. DlcEnabled_dlc_006_001=0 (Triss), DlcEnabled_dlc_008_001=0 (Yennefer), DlcEnabled_dlc_011_002=0 (Ciri)

0 to disable, 1 to enable

How to use Steam overlay in The Witcher 3(GOG edition)[edit]

Can be useful for Steam Controller users who own the GOG edition, and want to use the Steam controller overlay while being able to get GOG achievements and track gameplay hours.
  1. Add GOG Witcher 3 exe to Steam
  2. Launch Witcher 3 through steam, and open the GOG launcher and click "play" in GOG for Witcher 3
  3. GOG.com and Steam use the same overlay short cut "Shift+Tab", so if you want choose which to access change the keys for one of them to something like "Shift+F1"

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 8, 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz
AMD Phenom II X4 940
Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz
AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 6 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 35 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7870
DirectX 11 compatible
Nvidia GeForce GTX 770
AMD Radeon R9 290
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/292030/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (292030) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References