Today is the day that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s much-hyped free next-gen update arrives on PC and consoles, but things haven’t been going too well for many of us PC folks. People are already used to it Twitter, Reddit, and Steam with their stories of performance issues since the update landed, with Steam reviews claiming it’s caused everything from reduced frame rates to HUD issues. The RPS Treehouse has also struggled since installing the 4.0 update, getting very inconsistent frame rates at the new max settings, even with an RTX 3080, unless you turn off ray tracing and other new graphical features. Hardware editor James and vid pal Liam will have more on that later, but for now, here’s how to avoid having the next-gen update ruin your Witcher 3 experience and keeping Roach running nice and smoothly.
Anyone with any version of The Witcher 3 should be able to download the next-gen update 4.0 starting today, but we recommend sticking with the Classic version until it’s patched. To do this, you need to switch to the Classic branch, available on Steam and GOG.
On GOG, go to Settings and select Manage Installation. Then select Configure and select the Classic version to roll back to from the Beta Branches drop-down list.
On steam, go to Properties, then Beta and select the same Classic branch from the drop-down menu. This should allow you to revert the game to version 1.32.
This may sound like a long way from today’s next-gen 4.0 patch, but 1.32 was the last patch for the PC version of The Witcher 3, so it should be fairly stable.
I launched my copy on GOG and avoided the update and had no problems running the game. That seems like the best option for now, as trying to reset the game after you’ve installed the update could very well make things a bit more cumbersome.
With the 4.0 update installed for the PC version, some players experienced greatly reduced frame rates. A gamer who posted on The Witcher subreddit described the game as “unplayable” and said that yesterday he got 100-120 fps while running around Novograd in 4K. After the update, that was down to 45 fps even with updated drivers. “RTX 3080 here. I went to Novigrad with RT. I was probably under 30 fps regardless of resolution,” said a commenter on the post. “It’s incredible.”
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition is available now on Steam, GOG, and the Epic Game Store, but yeah, it’s probably worth holding the fire until CD Projekt Red releases another patch.