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Witcher 3 Patch Causes Frame Rate Issues On PS4 And Xbox One

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt got a massive 7.3GB patch a couple of weeks ago, and while it fixes a lot of annoying problems, it’s actually also creating new ones. Patch 1.07 takes a massive toll on The Witcher 3’s performance on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions. Digital Foundry reports that the Xbox One version in particular suffers the most. The PC version’s performance appears to be unaffected.

Digital Foundry’s technical analysis showed the Xbox On version maintained a superior frame rate to the PS4, however intensive areas in the game take a hit. While Novigrad remained relatively stutter-free, rainy Crookback Bog suffered the worst, with that area being up to 8 fps slower under 1.07 compared to 1.05. The reason for this is that the latest patch makes the Xbox One use the PS4’s double-buffer v-sync, which essentially means the frame rate is locked to 20 fps during difficult areas.

The PS4 version also sees a noticeable decline in performance, with areas like Novigrad being very stuttery and overall less smooth than 1.05. But even with the drop in the PS4 version, it’s the Xbox One version that has the most marked difference in performance. Overall, the performance gap in the two versions has closed with patch 1.07, but only because the Xbox One version has decreased so dramatically.

It’s not all bad news for The Witcher 3, however. Patch 1.07 introduced an array of updates that players were sorely after. Chief among those updates is an alternate movement system for Geralt so that he no longer moves like a human tank. It also brings a new stash system, so players can leave items they want to keep in a chest somewhere without clogging up their inventory. The full list of changes is here.

Meanwhile, The Witcher 3 on PC seems to have escaped the bulk of the performance issues that 1.07 brought along. However, some GOG and Steam users have reported that achievements are now not working properly and some players in Europe still haven’t received the patch at all.

CD Projekt Red is working on all of these problems. If you’re a console user and a drop in frame rate would seriously bother you, it’s best to wait for them to release a fix (or for them to patch this patch, so to say).

Rhiannon likes video games and she likes writing, so she decided to combine them. As well as writing about video games, she also belts out the occasional science fiction or fantasy story, edits videos, and eats strawberry oreos. In that order.

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The director of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is making a final plea to content creators regarding spoilers

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is on the horizon, with our review already available. There’s just one week left until the game’s official release on February 29th, exclusively on PS5. This highly anticipated sequel to Remake, based on one of the most beloved video game stories, is best experienced without any spoilers, according to creative director Tetsuya Nomura.

On Twitter, Nomura made a final request for players and content creators to avoid spoiling the game for others, especially on social media and video-sharing platforms, where spoilers can spread rapidly. Naturally, there’s a specific moment that everyone is eagerly anticipating to see how it will compare to the 1997 original, and it’s bound to be quite chaotic on launch day. Nevertheless, Nomura still holds onto a glimmer of hope for humanity and has made a seemingly impossible request for content creators to exercise a degree of restraint.

It’s important to remember to include spoiler warnings when sharing content related to the game’s story on social media and video-sharing sites to avoid spoiling the experience for others. I would greatly appreciate it if you could avoid using scenes from important parts of the story in your video thumbnails.

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Nomura points out that the developers intentionally did not limit the recording and sharing features of the PS5 for any aspect of the game. They believe players should have the freedom to share and discuss their favorite gameplay moments. It remains to be seen if that trust was justified.

Do you think players and content creators will follow Nomura’s request and minimize spoilers? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Xbox may want to become more acquainted with the Platinum Trophies on PS5 and PS4

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Obsidian’s first Xbox game, Pentiment, a historical adventure, is now available on the PS5 and PS4. From what we’ve seen, this port of a highly popular game seems to be solid, and we aim to provide you with a review soon. Meanwhile, one aspect caught our attention regarding the conversion that Microsoft may need to address in the future.

Pentiment’s list of Trophies perfectly mirrors its Xbox Achievements, featuring identical descriptions, titles, and icons. There is a slight variation between the two versions: PlayStation offers 42 trophies to unlock, whereas Xbox provides 41 achievements to earn. The distinction lies in the Platinum Trophy, which is awarded once you have collected all the other trinkets in the set.

Since it’s not included in the original game, the developer has not named the trophy, so it appears as ‘PlatinumTrophy’ in the list. This has already generated amusement among Trophy enthusiast communities. “They chose such a basic name for the Platinum Trophy and somehow still messed it up,” a fan expressed.

This issue is quite insignificant in the bigger picture and could likely be fixed with a quick update or patch. As Microsoft gains more experience with PlayStation development, we hope their command of the Trophy system will improve. After all, those platinums are difficult to earn and deserve a more memorable name.

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Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon have been excluded from the final roster of WWE 22K24

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2K Sports unveiled the complete roster for the upcoming WWE 2K24, featuring more than 204 playable superstars, including 70 Legends who are no longer part of the main rosters, along with eight managers. However, fans were quick to point out the absence of some notable names from the list: 7-time WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and former WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. Lesnar was previously excluded from the Forty Years of WrestleMania edition.

Following accusations of sex trafficking against McMahon by a former WWE employee, a report from the Wall Street Journal brought the issue to light. Although Lesnar’s name was not directly mentioned in the proceedings, insiders informed the WSJ that he was the unidentified WWE champion in question. McMahon refuted the allegations but stepped down as WWE CEO the day following the federal lawsuit.

Nonetheless, Lesnar and McMahon will still be present in the game. GameSpot has reported that the Lesnar vs. Undertaker match from WrestleMania 30 may be included in Showcase mode. It is speculated that another match already confirmed for Showcase mode (Stone Cold vs. The Rock, WrestleMania 17) will probably include an appearance from McMahon as well.

WWE 2K24 will be available for purchase on March 8th for PS5 and PS4, or March 5th for those interested in the Deluxe or WrestleMania editions.

 

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