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The Witcher 3 is amazing on PS5!

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Being told your PS4 games run better on PS5 meant nothing to me until I saw it for myself. When I hooked up this massive unit of a console, I installed the actual PS5 games and then turned to my PS4 backwards compatible library. The two I chose were Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3.

Focusing on Witcher 3, I was greatly surprised and awestruck at how much better the game runs. First off, on PS4 Pro, the game ran at 1920×2160 and then reconstructed to full 4K using Checkerboard Rendering. It looked amazing on PS4 Pro, especially with HDR enabled. However performance was an issue. The game ran at 30fps but can drop or stutter during busy areas and cutscenes. This wouldn't have been all bad but whenever the framrate dropped or stuttered, it was accompanied by screen tearing in the upper portions of the screen. To some it might not be a big deal, but I notice screen tearing easily and it bothers the hell out of me.

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Now we come to Witcher 3 running on PS5 which is basically perfect compared to PS4 Pro. The sharp and clean checkerboard 4K resolution with HDR is the same but now the framerate is perfect. For example, I galloped through Crookback Bog with zero issues. No fps drops, no stutters, and no screen tearing! Load times were basically cut in half as well. I didn't do exact counting but loading a save took much less time compared to PS4 Pro. Fast Traveling around Velen and Novigrad, which I did count, took between 2-5 seconds depending on the distance. Also I have 50-100mb/s internet through WiFi and it took roughly 30mins to install the game and all the DLC compared to taking 1hr 30min to 2hrs on PS4 Pro.

If this is what the game can do running through backwards compatibility, imagine what could be in store when CDPR gives the game it's PS5 and Series X upgrades. Imagine Native 4K with enhanced visuals at 30fps with the option of a Dynamic 4K at 60fps. Next-gen upgrades and new releases have me excited for next year and beyond!

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