Saber Interactive's latest patch for The Witcher 3 dropped recently and brings new visual options and improvements to the table. The game was already a technically impressive feat on Switch, but the new patch adds a host of visual options in addition to cross-save functionality with the Steam and GOG PC version of the game. Our lovely video master Alex took a look at the differences yesterday and it's not an exaggeration to say we here at Nintendo Life mightily impressed with the tweaks and upgrades on offer.
Of course, when it comes to granular analysis involving dropped frame counters, direct slow motion comparisons and those little frame monitors that look like the game's on life support, the chaps over at Digital Foundry are in a league of their own. Following a whole day with the new patch DF's Thomas Morgan has posted the video below going over the nitty gritty, with a specific focus on how the patch affects frame rate:
As you can see, they're as impressed with Saber Interactive's upgrades as we are. It seems that many of the effects can be left turned on with a negligible effect to frame rate, but the fact that these options give Switch owners the ability to tailor the experience to their liking is worthy of high praise. It's lovely stuff.
Tom also rightly points out the significance of cross-save functionality with PC versions of the game. With this feature the Switch version adds a whole new string to its bow and becomes much more attractive to gamers who want the very best 'Ultra' version of the game at home, but also the ability to take the Witcher with them when parted from their mighty master race rig.
We recommend grabbing a coffee this afternoon and enjoying the full 12 minutes of the video above. After all, what else are you going to watch this afternoon, right? Oh. Well, you can squeeze this in before THAT!