The Witcher 3 day 1 patch on PC improves vegetation and shadows

It’s no secret that the PC version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appears to lack the kind of future-oriented features that PC gamers have come to expect from CD Projekt Red. The PC footage we’ve seen thus far comes from a preview build that was sent out to the media.

PCGamesHardware is now in possession of the review build of the game, which comes with the day 1 patch installed. The German website is reporting several key graphical improvements in the game, including better vegetation, better ambient occlusion, better textures, better shadows, along with water tessellation in effect.

Below is a screenshot comparison of the preview and review builds.

Preview Build

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Review Build

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Here’s a closer look at the same comparison.

Preview Build

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Review Build

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As can be seen, the vegetation in the center is missing from the preview build. The tree on the left also casts a better looking shadow in the review build.

Update: Here’s an additional comparison that shows improved LOD and water tessellation in the review build.

Preview Build

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Review Build

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These improvements do, however, come at the cost of performance. Thankfully, according to PCGH, the drop in frame rate isn’t significant.

Let us know what you think of these visual upgrades in the comments below.

  • the problem with the downgrade topic is that the game is being developed since 2012 and the new consoles came in late 2013-2014. so they got worst system than they expected and had to adjust that build to the actual peasant consoles.

  • William Fenton

    It’s hard to scrutinise anything with those pathetic tiny JPEGs.

  • ratchet500

    Perhaps this is their response to all the concerns about the downgrade. Good on them, though it still looks nothing like the original trailers.

  • Kronos0999

    Is this on PC??

    • ratchet500

      Did you read the title? lol

      • Kronos0999

        I meant it in a sarcastic way,b*tch.How stupid are you??

        • Mazena

          Maybe your sarcasm wasn’t as witty as you thought, since people are missing the point? Also way to go being overly insecure and aggressive, I rate your performance 5/5.

          • Kronos0999

            Good for you, now f*ck off.

    • Joshua Pirog

      Try reading the link you clicked

      • Kronos0999

        Yeah,ass hole ,I just meant it in a sarcastic way.

  • Prithvi Boinpally

    Well, at least its something…I hope ENB will be released for this so we can get it to the 2013 build again. And hopefully with the red-kit we can fix that god awful grass.