Addressing the stability issues that were detected following The Witcher 3’s next-gen update on PC, developer CDPR has released a hotfix. They said this hotfix “should improve the overall stability and performance” of the PC version of the game (GOG and Steam overlays).
Witcher 3’s next-gen update was released on December 14 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. Following its release, some PC players reported crashing and other issues.
We’ve just released a hotfix for The Witcher 3 on PC, which should improve the overall stability and performance, and fix GOG & Steam overlays. The game version won’t change.
Our teams are working on further improving the experience on all platforms. pic.twitter.com/YHEjbfpgvG
— The Witcher (@witchergame) December 19, 2022
The Witcher 3 next-gen update
The next-gen update introduced a variety of features to the game. Technical improvements like higher frame rates, environmental improvements like updated sky textures, updated global environmental lighting, and more were added. The texture of various characters like Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer has been upscaled to 4K.
On the PC version, CDPR has brought Ultra+ graphical settings which significantly increase the visual fidelity of the game. These settings affect background characters, shadow quality, grass density, and more. DLSS 3 support has been included for compatible hardware. CD Projekt Red has also added community-made mods to The Witcher 3 like The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project by HalkHogan, HD Monsters Reworked by Denroth, Immersive Real-time Cutscenes by teiji25, Nitpicker’s Patch by chuckcash, and World Map Fixes by Terg500. This update is free for all The Witcher 3 owners.