The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the latest game of the critically acclaimed Witcher game series. The game may have come out in 2015, but the graphical quality continues to be as top notch as its story and gameplay. Thus, we'll be taking a look at Witcher 3 system requirements so you know how to make the game look as beautiful as possible.

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The Witcher 3 can look downright gorgeous, if you can afford it

But before you can enjoy one of the best games of the last decade, you need to make sure your PC meets The Witcher 3 system requirements. In this article, we'll reveal Witcher 3 system requirements below, both minimum and recommended, to help you see if you can run this game.

What is The Witcher 3?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an action RPG created by Polish game studio CD Projekt Red. You play a character who goes by the name Geralt of Rivia, who is one of the monster slayers known as Witchers.

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Geralt is actually not supposed to have a beard

The game series itself comes from a series of fantasy novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. Which means, there is chock full of lore and story materials upon which to build the game series.

A Netflix series for The Witcher has even come out starring Henry Cavill, which boosted the game series popularity even more. Read about our report on the interest surge in the Witcher games.

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It's hard to imagine any other actor playing Geralt now

In The Witcher 3, there is plenty of familiar fantasy tropes for those not familiar with the story of the first two games. There are magic and spells and fantasy beings like elves and monsters.

In the midst of a war between kingdoms, Geralt must try to find and defend his adopted daughter from a threat called "Wild Hunt". This time, he has the vital support of his reunited lover, Yennefer of Vengerberg.

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The two most important women in Geralt's unnatural life

As Geralt, you can employ multiple ways to engage and fight a diverse number of enemies in the game. There is a crossbow, one silver sword for monsters, one for everything else, and there are even crafted bombs.

As a witcher, Geralt has access to five magical signs that act as magical attacks for different situations. He can burn, use a telekinetic blast, or confuse his enemies.

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Just Geralt roasting some monsters

With so much goodness packed into one game: story, gameplay, lore, world design, mechanics, characters, etc., the only thing missing is hardware powerful enough to accommodate the beautiful graphics for a complete Witcher 3 experience.

Witcher 3 system requirements

The following information is CD Projekt Red's own statement on what you need to meet The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt system requirements. Here's what it says:

"Below you will find the system requirements for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Please note that the game is both graphics- and processor-intensive and it's the graphics card and the processor not meeting the minimum requirements that will often be responsible for performance problems with the game."

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There's an ultra low graphics mod for all the masochists out there

Minimum Witcher 3 system requirements:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1). DirectX 11 is necessary to run the game.
  • Processor: Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz, AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940. Finding a Gaming CPUs performance chart and comparing one's CPU with our minimum is suggested.
  • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660 or AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870. Please mind that we only officially support full-size desktop graphics cards. Finding a graphics card performance hierarchy chart online and comparing one's video card with our minimum is suggested.
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Disk space: 40 GB

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See for yourself the differences

Recommended Witcher 3 system requirements:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1). DirectX 11 is necessary to run the game.
  • Processor: Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3,4 GHz, AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
  • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770 or AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Disk space: 40 GB

What hardware do you need?

Based on the Witcher 3 system requirements above, it is clear that some decent hardware is required to enjoy the game at minimum requirements and above. However, meeting the recommended requirements is necessary to experience all the graphical quality that Witcher 3 offers.

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BTW, there's already a Henry Cavill face mod out there

If you are someone committed enough to the game, you would find it worthwhile to invest in a good computer to run Witcher 3 at higher settings. A PC that costs about INR 50000 would be enough to meet the recommended requirements.

In case you are missing only certain components like graphics card or RAM, it is more affordable to upgrade those instead.

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And Geralt is basically a wandering magical Polish ronin

Building a PC requires some dedication and time, or one could take the easy way out with consoles, even a handheld one like the Nintendo Switch. The handheld version of the game came out in October just last year.

Witcher 3 system requirements Ultra guide

Witcher 3 GPU Requirements

If you think you can ready your PC to meet the Witcher 3 system requirements Ultra settings, there will be a lot of hardware components to look at. While the game is pretty optimized, it still has a pretty heavy performance load due to all the content.  Firstly, you need to look at the GPU to play at 60 FPS on ultra.

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GPU benchmarks for Witcher 3

A GTX 1660 Ti is what you might need to begin to run the game at 1080p on Ultra while still maintaining 60 FPS. A GTX 1660 can maintain 60 FPS on Medium, while the RX 570 can keep it at 40-55 FPS.

For the best looking Witcher 3, an RTX 2060 is needed for 1440p on Ultra. At 4K, prepare to shell out for the RTX 2080 Ti.

Witcher 3 CPU Requirements

Witcher 3 is also very CPU-intensive, though not as much as GPU. Regardless, an excellent CPU still needs to accompany your PC to run it on high or ultra.

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CPU benchmarks for Witcher 3

An i5-9600K or R5 2600X is probably enough to run the game at 900p or 1080p. A lower-end R5 2400G could even do the trick. For playing the game at higher than 1080p, something like the i7-9700K or R7 2700X might help. To be 100% certain, the i9-9900K would be what's required.

Witcher 3 RAM Requirements

Last but not least, the game asks for 6 GB of RAM for both minimum and recommended specs. However, if you are trying to build a gaming PC, going for 8 GB is the standard practice nowadays.

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But no computer hardware powerful enough can get Roach the horse to come back to our mortal planes

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