Digital Foundry Analysis Compares The Witcher 3 Patch 1.07 With Patch 1.05, Shows Frame Rate Issues
The Witcher Twitter account announced that they’re looking into issues introduced with the latest patch:
We’re investigating all the reports regarding patch 1.07 issues as well as update’s availability in Europe on PSN.
— The Witcher (@witchergame) July 20, 2015
Digital Foundry has conducted an analysis on patch 1.07 for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and while the update comes with a wealth of changes, the PlayStation 4 version’s frame rate issues seem to persist. In fact, we’re told that a test of patch 1.07 shows lower frame rates in some parts in comparison to patch 1.05.
A route through the bog shows frame-rates lower than our original 1.05 test, where its lock at 20fps holds more consistently as we pass through the boggy thicket. On top of that, even traveling through simple countryside roads (or Novigrad’s central city) continues to produce single-frame stutters every few seconds – a rough point we had hoped would be ironed out by now. Overall, little has improved in PS4’s bid for a smooth 30fps reading here, and in fact, the tail-end of our Novigrad test shows dips to 25fps as we hit the marketplace – something not seen on the last patch.
Apparently, the Xbox One version of the game also suffered from degradation, but according to Digital Foundry, the PS4 version still stutters in places where the Xbox One version runs smoothly.
Although the overall image quality remains static, Digital Foundry holds generally positive views of the patch, including Geralt’s alternative movement option.
Weapon stats are rebalanced, the inventory systems are streamlined, and bug fixes too numerous to mention bolster the core package. With the new movement system, everything is snappier, with crowded pub areas now much easier to navigate. The switch to 1.07 is recommended overall, but with some reluctance: we were promised improved performance and it’s surprising to see that this controversial area of The Witcher 3 actually seems to take a hit with the new update.
If you want to see Geralt’s alternative movement, check out the video below (courtesy of YouTube user ShogunRok)
For more details on patch 1.07, click here.