The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Screenshot Comparison: Ultra vs High vs Medium vs Low Graphics

on May 19, 2015 8:28 AM

The PC version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has some rather deep (even if not the deepest I’ve seen) customization options for graphics detail, divided in two menus, graphics and post-processing.

The the graphics details have four levels of presets, Low, Medium, High and Ultra. The post-processing options have three levels: Low, Medium and High. Since High doesn’t include HBAO+ ambient occlusion, for the comparison below I associated to each level of graphics the level of post-processing with with the same name, and added HBAO+ manually to Ultra graphics.

Of course you can fine tune your experience more, as those listed above are just presets. For instance, I immediately deactivated motion blur while playing (not for this comparison), which is an effect that I personally hate in games, and eats needless resources.

You’ll notice a large difference in Geralt’s hair between Medium and High. High activates Nvidia Hairworks for Geralt. Ultra activates it for all characters.

Of course, if you want to better enjoy the differences between each screenshot, you should click on them to see the full resolution version, then flip between different tabs of your browser to check out the gradual increase in detail.

Ultra

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High

witcher3_01_High

Medium

witcher3_01_Medium

Low

witcher3_01_Low

Ultra

witcher3_02_Ultra

High

witcher3_02_High

Medium

witcher3_02_Medium

Low

witcher3_02_low

Ultra

witcher3_03_Ultra

High

witcher3_03_High

Medium

witcher3_03_Medium

Low

witcher3_03_Low

Ultra

witcher3_04_Ultra

High

witcher3_04_High

Medium

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Low

witcher3_04_Low

Ultra

witcher3_05_Ultra

High

witcher3_05_High

Medium

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Low

witcher3_05_Low

While the differences are visible, the game is still definitely pleasing to the eye even at Low settings, ensuring that even those who don’t have an extreme gaming PC can still enjoy Geralt’s new adventure.

That said, if you have to play on Low, you might be better of playing on console, unless you enjoy keyboard and mouse more than a controller and the mods that will inevitably come for the PC version, of course.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.