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CD Projekt RED has finally confirmed the resolution and frame-rate for the upcoming action-RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The new game will have a final native resolution of 1080p on the PS4 at 30fps and 900p on the Xbox One at 30fps.
The reveal comes courtesy of GameSpot, who took it upon themselves to confirm the final specs with CD Projekt RED. This comes after months of speculation and a lot of goalpost shifting in terms of what gamers were to expect from the game regarding the final specs on the Xbox One and PS4.
Of course, this news actually isn't entirely new. Last year the executive producer for The Witcher 3, John Mamais, had commented about what the final specs were likely going to be for the game based how they were able to render the game on the home consoles last July, saying...
"We will hit 900p no problem. We'd like to get it up to 1080p on Xbox One. That's our goal. Whether we can do it or not I don't know. We've got to squeeze everything we can out of the hardware.
The Xbox One was likely to stick the 900p landing only because it has become common knowledge the hardware just wasn't designed very well to scale to 1080p for highly demanding games. This was something that was reiterated both in words and through actions by those such as the CEO of Stardock Entertainment, the developers of Sniper Elite 3 and Kojima Productions.
While a lot of fanboys would love it if the Xbox One received some sort of hidden power boost to bring it up to par, the hardware just isn't capable. As displayed in the benchmarks... the numbers don't lie.
Microsoft has been looking into further optimization with the upcoming release of DirectX 12, however some developers have already tempered expectations by explaining that the API may not be the miracle software optimizer that some people may be hoping for. Ironically enough, it was even CD Projekt RED who mentioned that DirectX 12 was unlikely to help the Xbox One hit 1080p. The forewarning was almost like a foreshadowing of what was to come.
Of course, if you already have an Xbox One there's not much you can do about the resolution. If you already have a PS4, well you can expect more than half-a-million more pixels on screen than its rival.
If you're really into the graphics game, though, the PC version of The Witcher 3 is the one you're going to want to go with. Higher resolution with support up to 4K, higher-definition textures and greater draw distances are just some of the benefits of the glorious PC platform.
You can look for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in its 1080p glory on the PS4, 900p glory on the Xbox One and 4K glory on PC, when it launches on May 19th, later this year.