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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Stuttering solution, Crash/Freeze fix and Graphics Optimization Guide

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is finally released for PC. And there are some problems that you might face after the installation. This guide will tell you how to deal with those problems. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an action role playing games that offers you ample of level with challenging missions. The game is set in open world where you can also get a lot of small quest. The game is released for Xbox One and PS4 also and just today it appeared on Windows platform. Those who had played the previous level will surely enjoy this new part, as the story extends directly after the previous series. The game is not entirely different. There are lots of similarities in it. So if you have played the previous edition then it will be easier for you to enjoy the extended story of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. There are also lot of improvements. But still I am targeting the most common problems that gamers will face on PC. First let’s check out the system requirements of this game.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt System Requirements:

Minimum –

  • CPU – Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 940
  • RAM – 6 GB
  • OS – 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
  • Graphic s card – Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660 / AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
  • Free Disk Space: 40 GB

Recommended –

  • CPU: Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3.4 GHz / AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
  • Video Card: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770 / AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
  • Free Disk Space: 40 GB

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt stuttering issue fix –

If you are facing stuttering issue in this game then you must go in the graphics settings and try to reduce game resolution. Also reducing Game Shadow, Texture Quality, etc; will help. Below is a guide for Nvidia Graphics card optimization. Just go through different options and disable those which are not needed. Game Stuttering will stop.

Start with an audio driver update. This is very important if you are playing games on a HDMI connection. Setting the CPU core affinity will also help. But this will put impact on the game performance. It will work slow. You can disable various graphics option to further enhance the gameing output.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt does not start –

Download and run The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Day-One patch for pc from this link – The patch size is around 305MB approximately. This patch comes with a lot of stability and performance fixes.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt crashing/freezing fix –

This issue is mostly on Nvidia graphics card. For this a latest driver update is needed. If that does not resolve then it means the game’s graphics settings are set on high and your GPU is not able to handle it. Reduce that. Killing background process through Task Manager will also help. Do check the minimum system requirements before installation.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Save Game Backup

The Witcher 3 save game location is %SystemDrive%\Users\%USERNAME%\Documents\The Witcher 3\gamesaves. Just backup the file from this directory incase of any issues with the save file.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Nvidia Graphics Card Optimization Tips –

Read the full “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Graphics, Performance & Tweaking Guide” by visiting this link.

Short tips from the guide –

Nvidia Hairworks –

  • Realistic Hair on Characters
  • Puts Impact on game fps

The option is available under the graphic setting of Witcher 3. Nvidia Hairworks offers you more realistic characters with dynamic movement of tessellated hair strands. This is not something that you are really looking for if your game is working a bit slower or if you have a performance problem. This is just to boost characters hair graphics adding realistic approach. You can turn it off. This option is available under the Hair Works option. You can turn it off entirely or you can enable it for Geralt only. That means Geralt’s beard and hair will be a bit more realistic. Or you can turn it on for all.  Remember this also put impact on the FPS if it is turned on for all. Only by turning it off you can reach 60FPS.

NVIDIA HBAO+ Ambient Occlusion –

  • Increase Shadow Accuracy
  • Puts Impact on game fps

This option offers you to improvise game shadows. There are two choices for players. They are Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO), and NVIDIA HBAO+. HBAO+ adds some enhancement and detailing.

Anti-Aliasing –

  • Smooth Game Graphics
  • Puts Impact on game fps

We all know about Anti-Aliasing feature. This is by default available for many games. Anti-Aliasing option is available in two techniques. MSAA and TXAA. This one adds more enhancements in the game graphics. For example smooth edges of buildings and less shimmering edges. Performance is best on high resolution.

Bloom –

  • Improvise special effects by intensifying appearance of bright lights
  • Does not put much impact on fps

Bloom is to enhance the bright lights in the game. It makes special effects on the game making it look really great. Also you can enable this feature. It is not very high on the GPU and also does not put much impact on the game fps.

Blur & Motion Blur –

  • Ideal for attacking
  • Resource intensive

Motion Blur or Blur is only to enhance your aim accuracy when you are attacking any creature in the game. The settings are under Blur and you get two options there. They are Radial and Gaussian Blur. It is best to turn it off.

Chromatic Aberration –

  • Add an old type of visual look in game
  • No impact on fps

This is a just another enhancement settings. If you had seen old photos that are taken from outdated camera lens which has distorted colors on it, then you will easily understand what this is. This setting is not really needed.