The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – PC Low vs. Ultra Graphics Comparison Pre Day-One Patch [60fps][FullHD]

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This version is without day-one patch! We will do another comparison with day-one patch.
Diese Version ist ohne Day-One Patch! Wir werden einen Vergleich mit Day-One Patch machen.

This is our detailed comparison The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on PC. This video covers most of the graphics settings, that can be adjusted in the graphics menu as well as a general low versus ultra comparison.
Unser detaillierter Grafikvergleich zu The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt auf dem PC. Das Video deckt den Großteil aller Grafikeinstellungen ab, zudem vergleichen wir niedrige gegen ultra Grafikeinstellungen.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt OST – Merchants of Novigrad
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt OST – Hunt or Be Hunted
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt OST – The Field of Ard Skellig

Content / Inhalt:
00:00 - Riding a Horse Low vs. Ultra
01:12 - Anti-Aliasing
01:30 - Ambient Occlusion (Off SSAO HBAO)
01:55 - Bloom
02:15 - Foliage Visibility
02:46 - NVIDIA Hairworks
03:04 - Cutscene Low vs. Ultra
03:52 - Grass Density
04:28 - Light Shafts
04:47 - Shadow Quality
05:36 - Terrain Quality
05:54 - Texture Quality
06:26 - Water Quality

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16GB DDR4 Crucial Dual Channel 2133MHz (2x 8GB)
2x 4096 MB NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970
500GB SATA III Samsung 840 EVO SSD
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  • Captain Cartman

    I see no difference in Shadow Quality settings lol.

  • TheSmashbros45

    This game on low settings looks better than Fallout 4 on max settings

  • Jes Us

    I just hope Hairworks are implemented in Hitman.

  • binary1123

    My PC specs are:Potato-tomato coconutCan I run this game on Ultra?

  • shafin rahman

    To be honest...the low looked the same as ultra

  • Ivan Ivanov

    I'm not blind but..... I dont see so big diff between low and high in this video...

  • Casey Paskel

    Low is obviously better, it comes with a free sword!

  • jsegaul420

    I have 5 bytes of ram, 1 kilobyte of memory, and no graphics card. can I run this on ultra with hairworks?

  • Quazar

    Even in low the pc version looks better than the consoles

  • Matthew G

    in all the modern games that I've played, I've never seen low shadows that look that good.

  • CrucialConflict

    Nvidia Hairworks has a huge impact on graphic performance

  • Rainn abeire

    your video is a little wrong, i mean the fps of the 2 are very different, we really would like a faster ultra. to see the comparison, the low looks fast and real like unlike the ultra

  • maheenali94

    Console gamers are happy with what we get... But I see PC gamers get every so annoyed if the game doesn't look the way they want... I mean Cmon it's not all PC gamers and I respect your opinion but some PC gamers across YouTube have bashed CDPR and the game just because the visuals aren't insane... Yet the game has a massive wealth of content, massive world to explore and 16 pieces of free dlc in the weeks after its launch... Give CDPR a break I personally think they've done an incredibly job and I can't wait to get my hands on my copy Tuesday morning (PS4 gamer... No hate on PC community, I just want everyone to game happy and on the platform they feel most comfortable with)

  • Sahib Preet

    Texture is the real deal here..

  • Scon Videos

    3:44 hair looks more realistic on the left :o

  • Deylath

    If this video is true, than my fear was real. I knew that the game will have one big flaw, since the game was overhyped and no one even dared to say anything wrong about it. I know YT graphics doesnt mean that much, but this plain looks bad.Edit: Playing this game now and can confirm that YT can sck my d1ck. It looks much better in live, but the grass is 2d and found no difference in ultra vs high settings.

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  • Xenite227

    Hairworks like everything else Nvidia intentionally runs like shit on AMD cards. Turning it on cost a whopping 20 FPS for me just for his hair.

  • Braxx

    AM I BLIND OR WHAT ? I dont see any difference ......

  • Myśliwiec

    One difference 0:27 on Geralt's horse ;)

  • hentai!

    Damn, I can finally be proud of my country. Good job, CDPR, and also good job Techland for Dying Light! c:

  • Thingonometry -

    Dont look down in the comment section...just don't

  • I am Groot.

    Low, ultra, whatever. Still the best game ever!

  • Woton CF

    low do PC é o PS4 ueheuheu PC>ALL EVER

  • Normund

    In other words, no difference.Which explains why I couldnt run any Witcher game :(

  • Ryan Baker

    This is great. I love this example of how 'low' looks 100x better than 'ultra' simply because you have managed to lock-in vsync. Any improvements gained by enabling the ultra settings are completely lost because you're unable to maintain 60 frames per second. Vsync is the absolute benchmark and baseline of any quality 3d animation. Then you build from there by adding enhancements to image quality as long as you don't drop below refresh rate. It's shocking to me that the console community blindly settles for a completely subpar experience. Apparently, the Witcher 3 is dumbed down to 30 fps on the PS4 and/or XBox One versions.

  • kaicooper87

    Master Race Gamersu should know these days PC GAMES Graphics is just a Buisnessthey just steal more and more ur money to run the game on Ultralike me i have GTX 780.. on ultra its unplayble..i mean not smooth but playbleand maby ur card will burn after awhile lolu can play with these settings and get exactly same result on Ultraand turn off Nvidia shitty hair etc..use Sweetfx/Reshade for better graphics and SMAA disable Vsync and FPS capping ...turn them on in D3Doverider and RTTSand play the game on Boardless Fullscreenenjoy it nowyea thank me later

  • Matas Cibirka

    Not too much difference!

  • rawlalli

    Ok...I played Witcher 2 long time ago... I watched trailers and read many about game in 2013... Waited 2 years, spent over 1k$ for GPU b4 release date to be sure that the game will run at high so i'll feel that atmosphere and enjoy beautiful world... And developers promised this game will be nextgen lvl of graphic...How do u think what i feel now, after watching this video with 10yo graphic?PS sorry for my bad english, hope u understand what i mean.

  • Iosif Steelin

    The only big difference in texture quality that i can see from this video is the belt which on low is much worse...

  • AcarajéPlays

    No vídeo o low esta a 60fps, já no ultra o pc usado para gravar, ta peidando...

  • FreelanceXD

    My low looks worse than that, and my ultra looks better, I know the YouTube compression, but I'm not sure your graphics were lowest and maxed.

  • Guhsteh

    Low still looks pretty great, wow.

  • René Vos

    why not make the vid 1440p upscaled, i always find graphic comparisons pretty useless with the shitty YT 1080p

  • KurtKabina

    Lil difference between medium and ultra

  • mahrcheen

    I recommend setting ultra with hairworks off and set game to 720p. Looks perfect to me. Little blur helps to hide few imperfections and lets our imagination repair it for us.

  • Wat

    Thumb nail is misleading....

  • Adam

    Anyone else in these sorts of videos never see any difference between them to be honest if it didnt tell me which was which i wouldnt be able to tell the difference

  • Claudio Sebastián

    I feel that it looks better on low, or is it my idea?

  • JM TM

    The only difference I see is that Low is more sharper and Ultra has smoothened edges. The sharper version Low offers looks better than the smoothened one.

  • death stroke

    low doesnt look bad in this game, thats the beauty of the witcher 3 even on low settings it still looks good but ultra looks damn gorgeous

  • Joshua Sarsale

    Still look better the infinite warfare XD JK JK

  • IcarusFTB

    I sorta like low water quality. Friends bash me since I have a computer that runs ultra but in the end who owns the damn thing? :P

  • sorinpopa

    The soundtrack in this game and everything else just AMAZING !

  • Aiden Pierce

    Low is like SUPER ULTRA for my pc

  • Józef Scaletta

    i see diffrence only in fps

  • queenform

    if that is low i don't know what low is

  • Bol6woyPAPA

    Thanks for your work,you do best comparisons

  • Le Mito Ante

    Yen still looks awesome in low quality, so that's good

  • EinWindir86

    I played this masterpiece in my old 2009 pc, with a 5850hd - q9550 (both overclocked), and still worked smooth even in middle-low settings except in the big city where I get some fps drops (solvable playing in low). What a fantastic game, gorgeous and beautiful scenarios, full of live and realism, I've never seen anything like that in any other game, I could spend hours riding around the map enjoying the landscapes. Such a fantastic work done by CD-project.

  • Andrew

    Why does it look the same to me. this video is pointless. was expecting more of a difference

  • Igor Kislov

    И где разница? ЧЕ за на е-лово

  • Dimitar Ivanov

    Everything looks pretty even on LOW, except the Textures. Awesome.

  • CharlesMcpwn

    The people bitching about the graphics not being what was "promised" appear to be an extremely vocal minority; however, I guess that's always the case. You can't always expect the game to be what was shown in the trailers; I would think after all this time that they would realize trailers are not 100% representative of the final product. The game still looks fantastic despite not having mirrored the pre-rendered "gameplay" everyone has come to expect.

  • eviliou

    I couldn't see any kind of difference between the low and ultra shadows.

  • Andarus

    Damn this Game looks bad compared to the Trailers. The textures and the fooliage looks so fucking bad! And seems like they removed most of the Tesselation.Just look at the buildings for example!

  • loafhero

    The butthurt in the comments is friggin hilarious XD

  • MrCupse

    i cant even express myself anymore i am lliterally in state of shock. some people are asking can their pcs run this game etc and are wondering etc about it and u people its not that u ignore and not say anything but u even lie to them ? or make fun and shit on their pcs how its garbabe etc and its not even garbabe since they can run the game some on mid but some on max settings .. like how can u even say its garbage do u even know what garbage is ? its junk which means junk here would be smt that cant even run games from 2012 /13 on low but even so u should not be so rude esp more since these computers that are listed down tere are great for games or are solid meaning for games that will come out now this year next year max performans is 5 their pcs get 3-4 depends which one . and what makes me even sadder is seeing some of them saying yea its bad or smt like that. its like ur father buys u a bike and u love that bike but everyone shits on it and u dont deny it but u agree with them i think that would make u pretty sad esp the one who bought it for you. since i understand people SUCK and are TERRIBLE BEINGS and all of that but if smt isnt bad ans is ok or good for this game why such a hate and rage :O i really think some of u need to meditate or smt since this is being unhleathy for you and for the ones u say and put ur anger for no need and reason to/on

  • Infaiter Red

    In general, the difference between low graphics settings and ultra settings is practically none (without a magnifying glass you will not notice the difference). However, as in all modern games. I do not understand people who really need to play on ultras, I think they just do not understand what's what and therefore they need only ultra settings. Much more important is that the FPS is good and does not fall below 25. For a comfortable game, nothing more is needed.

  • Jan Wądołowski

    Anyone could advice me weather with a budget limit and a sick temptation for ultra settings (not necessarily 60fps, but 30 or just playable amount) to save on graphic (gtx 970 or sth worse) or on CPU (i7 or i5) lets say I cant get both i7 and gtx 970. Gtx 980 is definitelly out of my range.

  • Cristián Paris

    The game is excellent and the graphics are quite good... However, I have to say I was expecting much, much more. Specifically, water and vegetation are nowhere near FarCry4 or the next-gen versions of GTAV, at least on console. Foliage is dense and moves realistically with wind patterns, but still looks quite plain, specially when seen from a distance-. Besides that, framerate is inconsistent, and there are little bugs here and there. I hope a future patch can fix some of these issues.At the moment, in my opinion GTA V is still the best looking game of the generation.

  • watermellon pussy

    Is it just me... or are the textures shit even on Ultra? I turned mine to max settings, I have plenty of power. And whenever the camera gets close (not even that close like 5 feet) from a plant it looks worse than TES:Oblivions grass...

  • antoyno

    is it just me or there's really no difference between low shadows and ultra?

  • chaoshallnotfall

    I honestly see no difference except when it comes to textures and some post effects (light shaft, bloom).

  • mibars

    Like most has already said: The difference is not that dramatic! It looks that texture quality is the one that makes the biggest difference

  • 48some

    Wil you make another low-ultra video comparison when the game has received its day 1patch?

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