Released last week, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt update 1.10 takes up 17.2GB on PlayStation 4 and brings more than 600 changes to the game, including performance enhancements.
Taking a look at The Witcher 3 post-update 1.10, Digital Foundry says, “After so many false dawns, we can safely say patch 1.10 is finally the one to deliver – for PS4, at least.”
Comparing The Witcher 3 to version 1.08 (see frame-rate video above), Digital Foundry did their first post-1.10 stress-test in Crookback Bog, revealing that frame-rate now stays close to 30fps, as opposed to the previous 20fps. “At points this gives The Witcher 3 a boost of 10fps overall on PS4, and it overtakes a fully-patched Xbox One version in direct comparison,” they add.
While you’ll still notice drops to 28fps and lower at times with 1.10, The Witcher 3 is much smoother overall in terms of gameplay, with cut-scenes also getting unlocked from 20fps.
Digital Foundry also points out Novigrad City as a big benefactor of update 1.10, raising the 30fps consistency, reducing stutter, and minimizing pop-in. However, they did encounter a couple instances of the game dipping to 28fps when moving towards the marketplace.
If you’re concerned about the frame-rate, they suggest disabling the blur and motion blur effects, which results in a more consistent 30fps.
Although update 1.10 on Xbox One “takes one step forward, and another step back” in terms of performance, the PS4 version of the patch “gives Sony’s console the push in performance fans had waited for, and it’s now a far more refined game.”
What do you think of The Witcher 3 after installing update 1.10? Did you pick up Hearts of Stone this week?