The Witcher 3 next-gen has just received a much-needed update from the developers at CD Projekt Red. The update will bring a new performance mode for ray-traced global illumination. This will help to boost the frame rate and prioritize performance over visuals. Also, this update will fix the PC issue where the screen Space Reflections setting was not working and brings a significant amount of bug fixes.
Unfortunately, this patch does not bring any type of CPU optimizations but we are hopeful for the future.
As usual, Steam and GOG will have this update downloaded the moment the client is opened which is nice and the update is around 3GB.
The Witcher 3 Next-Gen Update 4.01 Release Notes
Fixed an issue where the Screen Space Reflections setting wasn’t working on PC despite being turned on. Players who had previously set their SSR setting to high may notice a performance impact.
Added a new performance mode for ray-traced global illumination, which can be toggled by players with compatible hardware. It improves frame rate by prioritizing performance over range and precision.
QUESTS & GAMEPLAY – Available on all platforms
Battle Preparations – Fixed an issue where it could be impossible to interact with Avallac’h during the objective “Let Avallac’h know everything’s ready.”
Family Matters – Fixed an issue that could cause the game to crash during the transition to Ciri’s Story: Out of the Shadows when speaking to the Bloody Baron.
King’s Gambit – Fixed an issue where it could be impossible to participate in the fistfight with the second Vildkaarl due to an invisible obstacle.
Wine Wars: Belgaard – Added a retrofix for the issue we fixed in 4.00, where the quest couldn’t be completed if the player destroyed one of the required monster nests during exploration.
A Dangerous Game – The armor in Caesar’s room should now change its appearance when the Alternate Nilfgaardian Armor is turned on.
Axii Puppet – Increased the health and damage dealt by the puppet.
Adrenaline Rush mutation should now work according to its description.
Various small fixes to quests and cutscenes.
LOCALIZATION – Available on all platforms
Fixed various issues with Arabic localization.
Added the localized versions of Orianna’s song “Lullaby of Woe” in Korean and Simplified Chinese.
Adjusted Priscilla’s lip-sync animation to match her voice-over in Simplified Chinese during the song “The Wolven Storm”.