CD Projekt Red have been polishing up the console versions of The Witcher 3 in recent months, taking advantage of the increased power of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X to bring the game more in line with what we’re used to seeing on powerful PCs. There is one visual feature the console versions are getting that the PC is not, however: HDR support.
Find out how the new PC-focused HDR standard aims to cut through the confusion.
The recently released Xbox One X patch added HDR support to that version of the game, and CD Projekt have confirmed a similar patch will also come PS4 Pro. However, community lead Marcin Momot confirmed on Twitter that there are currently no plans to bring the feature to PC.
At this moment we are not planning to add it for PC.
— Marcin Momot (@Marcin360) December 20, 2017
That’s not entirely surprising, given the state of HDR on PC. Computer monitors are in the nascent stages of supporting the standard, and we likely won’t see a range of displays supporting the tech until next year. That leaves HDR the realm of users hooking up their PCs to 4K televisions, which is increasingly common but not yet a standard use case.
However, a growing number of games on PC are beginning to support HDR, including Hitman, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Star Wars Battlefront II. It’s worth noting that CD Projekt have certainly changed their minds after a “no plans” statement on The Witcher 3, since there were at one point “no plans” to update the console versions for more powerful hardware. If HDR adoption on PC gets a bit bigger in the next 12 months, don’t be surprised if there’s another update for the tremendously well-supported open-world RPG.