The Witcher 3 Won't Run at 1080p on Switch

The Witcher Twitter account confirmed the unsurprising news that The Witcher 3 won't run at 1080p on the Switch—docked or not.

June 12, 2019

Most people expected that downgrades would have to be made to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt if we ever wanted to see it on the Nintendo Switch–and most people were right. The Witcher Twitter account confirmed that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Complete Edition will run at 540p in handheld mode and at 720p with dynamic resolution enabled while docked.

To some people, this may actually come as a pleasant surprise. It was not at all an unpopular opinion that The Witcher 3 could never make its way to the Switch due to power limitations. This was perhaps the greatest source of skepticism while rumors of a Switch port for the legendary action RPG made their rounds.


Those doubts were definitively put to rest when a reveal trailer for the Switch version of The Witcher 3 was released during Nintendo’s E3 2019 press conference yesterday. If you haven’t seen the trailer in all its somewhat low-resolution glory, you can check it out here:

Considering how taxing The Witcher 3 was on the PS4 and Xbox One back in 2015, 540p to 720p doesn’t seem like much to be upset about. If anything, the footage shown in that trailer looks decent compared to where expectations were for the port a few weeks back (especially compared to the 0p resolution of the port not existing at all). Being able to take Geralt on the go will be an awesome experience, even in standard definition.

The Witcher Twitter account also shared that the game will be 32GB, will include both Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine alongside 16 other pieces of DLC, and won’t support cross-saves. Expect more information on frame rate, load times, and pricing soon.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Complete Edition is scheduled for its grand Switch debut sometime in 2019.


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