The Witcher 3 gets 4K and 60 FPS modes on Xbox One X

The Witcher 3 is arguably the best game on Xbox One right now, with its vast and detailed open world, narrative-rich quests, and gloriously gory combat. The huge, huge game was teased as an Xbox One X enhanced title at last year's E3, and has since been one of the most hotly-anticipated titles to receive visual upgrades. That day is finally here.

Detailed in an email sent to us by the game's developer, CD Projekt RED, we now know what returning to the Northern Realms is going to be like for those with the Xbox One X.

You can toggle the modes via the game's display menu, and their enhancements are detailed right here.

In 4K Mode, the game and all its additional content will run in 4K resolution (or supersampled on a non-4K display), featuring enhanced shadows, ambient occlusion and texture filtering, as well as higher resolution textures and gameplay at 30 fps. Switching to Performance Mode will enable dynamic resolution scaling, rendering the game at a resolution of minimum 1080p and up to 4K, while targeting 60 fps during gameplay. Both modes will additionally feature support for HDR, making the game look more vivid when played on an HDR-capable display. Additional information regarding the Xbox One X upgrade patch and how to toggle between the different visual fidelity modes is available here.

List of changes for Xbox One X:

  • 2 new graphic modes: 4K Mode and Performance Mode
  • Support for 4K resolution
  • HDR support
  • Enhanced shadows, ambient occlusion and texture filtering
  • Higher resolutions textures
  • Dynamic resolution scaling (from 1080p to 4K)

While we haven't been able to test it for ourselves just yet, fans of The Witcher 3 are surely in for a delectable treat with these enhancements, whether you have a 4K TV or not, owing to the 60 FPS mode.

If you haven't played The Witcher 3, you should. It remains our top choice for "must play" Xbox One game in our Best Xbox One Games list for its breadth, depth, memorable characters, and timeless visuals, which of course, are now enhanced.

Grab the Game of the Year Edition (with all DLC) via the link below, (just $50), and let us know if you've had chance to play already in the comments.

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  • Yay! Been waiting for this! Now I just need to tear myself away from Battlefront 2.
  • Cool now I can play it @60fps ofc!
  • I have a problem with the performance mode, it is resetting to 4K mode randomly during gameplay. Anyone has the same issue?
  • This kind of issues usually get patched out shortly.
  • higher resolution textures, nice! how big is the patch?
  • ~550mb
  • Just update both games of the witcher 3 (goty and standalone), game in 4k looks amazing. In fps like blurry s**t.
    No question playing only in 4k mode.
    The only negative moment, dont see hdr settings to calibrate more accurate instead of default fixed forced in patch.
  • Started playing again in both modes. 60 fps feels good and looks like the X1S version..... but that 4K mode is insane and it's a solid 30 fps so there isn't studdering at all. Awesome