Featured article.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

From PCGamingWiki, the wiki about fixing PC games
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
Reception
Metacritic 93
OpenCritic 92
IGDB 92
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, RPG, Open world
Themes Fantasy
Series The Witcher
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on HowLongToBeat
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on IGDB
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on MobyGames
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on 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
Gwent: Rogue Mage 2022
The Witcher: Remake TBA

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a singleplayer third-person action, RPG and open world game in the The Witcher series.

The Witcher 3's Next-Generation update releases on 14 December 2022 for everyone who owns the game as a free update.[1] This will include DLSS 3, FSR 2.1, ray-traced global illumination, ray-traced ambient occlusion, dynamic resolution scaling and more broader implemented screen space reflections (previously exclusive to water surfaces), improved textures, with a new ultra+ settings to modify and tinker around with background characters, foliage density, level of detail etc. The update will also feature a photo mode, new DLC quest and costumes based on the Netflix show, dynamically hidden minimap, scalable subtitles, expanded controller customization, pausable cutscenes, previously pre-rendered cutscenes are now real-time[2], Chinese Simplified subtitles and audio, several quest bugfixes.[3][4]

General information

PC Report
Official Forums
Official Witcher Wiki (Fandom)
Official Witcher Game Series Wiki (Gamepedia)
The Witcher 3 Nexus Mods
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

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.[5]
GOG.com key
Windows
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
Game of the Year Edition.
Windows
Gamesplanet logo.svg
GOG.com key
Game of the Year Edition.
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Game of the Year Edition also available.
Windows
Humble Store
GOG.com key
Game of the Year Edition also available.
Windows
Origin
DRM-free after installation through Origin client (notes may include more details)
[6]
Windows
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
DRM-free when launched directly from executable.[7]
Windows
Amazon.com (unavailable)
GOG.com key
Windows
All the digital distribution versions come with free bonuses that include the soundtrack in MP3 and FLAC formats.
No version of the game requires either GOG Galaxy or any type of authentication, activation, or digital distribution software.
The initial 2015 release has 4 DVDs, while the 2016 Complete Edition release has 6 DVDs.

Monetization[edit]

Type Notes
DLC The minor DLC include cosmetics, items, quests, or the new game+ mode.
Expansion pack Expansion packs include campaigns separate from the main one.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.

DLC and expansion packs

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.[5]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use Skip Movies mod[8]
  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 auto-skip loading screen videos (which you can also skip by pressing space on a keyboard and square/X on PS4/Xbox controllers respectively).

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
GOG Galaxy
Origin
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Cross-save is available with the Nintendo Switch version of the game.[9]

Video[edit]

In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution for setting a custom resolution if needed.
Multi-monitor
Cutscenes are 16:9. See the related WSGF thread.
Ultra-widescreen
Cutscenes are 16:9. See the related WSGF thread.
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).
High-fidelity upscaling
FSR 2.1 and DLSS 3 to be added through the upcoming free Next-Generation update.[3]
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)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Ray tracing (RT)
Ray-traced global illumination and ray-traced ambient occlusion.[3]
Color blind mode
Improves visibility of tracks, marks, footprints and scent clues.[10]

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)[11]
  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. 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 uses low-quality 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

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[12]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\user.settings with a text editor.
  2. Add MotionSicknessFocusMode=true under [Gameplay] section.

Input[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Since version 1.04 all keys can be remapped.[13]
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 user-made presets 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
Blue on the Main Menu, Green in Gameplay, Red on Game Over.[14]
Connection modes Wired
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Rapidly changes button prompts. Prompts can be set to fixed by changing LockControlScheme in <path-to-game>\bin\config\base\hidden.ini to 1 (KB/M) or 2 (controller). 0 enables switching between prompts. Enable Steam Controller support here.[15]
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller.
Steam Controller button prompts

Audio[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State 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.
HRTF mod for headphones can be found here (x3daudio1_7_hrtf seeming to work on top of Wwise).

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
Simplified Chinese
Added in November 7, 2018 with patch 1.32 (announced in their official Sina Weibo). You can enable it from the game settings.

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.
vorpX
G3D, Z3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed[edit]

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

Use Hair Physics Mod 60FPS[16]

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]

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[17]
  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[18]
  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.

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]

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

.

For Linux users: Add WINEDLLOVERRIDES=dxgi=n %command% in the game's launch options.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

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

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).

Enable Debug Console[edit]

Modify general.ini file[12]
  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[19]
  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.

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

Installing mods[edit]

The Witcher 3 Mod Manager by stefan3372, which takes care of DLC/Mods folders and .ini files, is recommended for the not-so-tech-savvy. However, the ideal method is manual installation.

Supreme to Extreme Graphics Options[edit]

Aims to give players extended in-game graphics settings for beyond the bounds configurations. This mod goes beyond what the now-deprecated Witcher 3 Config Tools was able to achieve. An alternative (Tweaks) can be used instead as a more advanced in-game menu. Both mods can be extremely taxing on the GPU. While Tweaks is the more robust and up-to-date option, it also has other mod dependencies, namely either Unification Patch or Community Patch - Base. Use one or the other, not both.

The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project[edit]

Aims to improve the graphics by reworking models and textures to better quality.

Besserwisser's Fix Collection[edit]

Community mod with a massive collection of fixes that resolves a variety of bugs and visual glitches. Please note that these fixes are now included in the Brothers In Arms mod linked below.

Brothers In Arms - Ultimate Bug Fix And Restored Content Collection[edit]

Definitive collection of more than 5,000 bug fixes and restored cut content from across the entire game.

NPC Physics 60 FPS Fix[edit]

Community mod that fixes hair, fur, clothing, medallions, weapons, etc, behavior when the game runs at different than 30 fps speeds. The mod was built to run with the E3 Geralt Hair Physics 60FPS Fix and Hairworks Hair Physics 60fps Fix that fixes the same problem on Geralt's non-HairWorks and HairWorks hair.

True E3 Armour[edit]

Aims to bring back the accurate E3 armor textures and mesh for the starting viper armour appearance presented in the pre-release 2014 gameplay demo into the final game. This includes "High definition broken chainmails with accurate leather strings, remodelled boots, pants, gloves, belt, 4k texture maps with realistic leather specular". Also as an optional "shortgloves" are added as dlc.

E3 Roach Collection[edit]

Restores the E3 appearance of Roach with Improved skin, Fixed contact shadows, Improved colors & 4k texture maps. Available in multiple variants to choose from.

Performance fix for 2-4 core CPUs[edit]

Battle Encoder Shirasé (BES) + instruction - After the patch 1.06-1.07, it's almost impossible to play with 2 core processor. It's a small tool that throttles the CPU usage of the process you “target”: for instance, you can limit the CPU usage of a process which would use CPU 100%, down to 99%, like in this case. As a result, the game becomes playable.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz
AMD Phenom II X4 940
System memory (RAM) 6 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 35 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7870
DirectX 11 compatible
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

  1. Witcher 3 Next-Gen Update - last accessed on 2022-11-14
  2. Philipp Weber (Acting Narrative Director/Lead Quest Designer at CDProjektRED) - cutscenes - Twitter - last accessed on 2022-11-25
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Next-Gen Update Trailer and REDstreams summary - last accessed on 2022-11-23
  4. REDstreams | The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Next-Gen Update Walkthrough - Twitch - last accessed on 2022-11-23
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Retail PC Version FAQ
  6. The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt for PC - last accessed on 2020-04-24
    "Game uses DRM-free technology."
  7. Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-09-09
    Confirmed witcher3.exe can be launched directly through the game folder without the Steam client running or launching when using the executable.
  8. Verified by User:Klumb3r on 2017-08-22
  9. New Switcher update available now! - last accessed on 2021-01-06
  10. The Witcher - Patch 1.05 for PC out now!
  11. UNOFFICIAL 1.30-1.31 Mod Update Project at The Witcher 3 Nexus - Mods and community - last accessed on 2017-02-15
  12. 12.0 12.1 A compendium of tweaks and fixes for the PC version
  13. The Witcher - Patch 1.04 for PC out now!
  14. Verified by User:Eleventeen on 2015-12-10
  15. Enabling Steam Controller input icons (even on the GOG version)
  16. New The Witcher 3 mod enables 60fps hair physics (movement/bouncing) - DSOGaming
  17. PC holding down q to cast axii puppet does not work in combat
  18. Credits goes to Luka B in comment section
  19. Important Information about AMD Catalyst™ Driver Support for Project CARS and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt