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The Witcher 3 Patch 4.02 Improves Next-Gen Performance Mode and Fixes a Weird Bug

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The Witcher 3 has a new 4.02 patch, offering next-gen tweaks and squashing a game-crashing bug.

It took a while for The Witcher 3:The Wild Hunt’s next-gen patch to arrive but it was worth the wait. This new 4.02 patch isn’t going to have the same visual impact on console but it does give performance mode a boost. It also undoes some cutscene blurriness that crops up on PlayStation 5.

The PC version does, however, get prettier, provided you’ve got the power. That version’s water now should look even better sporting adding refraction. Will you notice while you’re being murdered by a monster? Probably not. But The Witcher 3 also gives you the time to chill out and enjoy the scenery, which is when it’s likely to matter.

As well as these little tweaks, the patch fixes a couple of console crashes. One relates to a memory usage issue on Xbox Series X that, in ray tracing mode, could crash the console. Another, however, is a bug we absolutely regret not having seen in action.

According to the patch notes, if you walked away from Shani in the Heart of Stone Expansion, during the Whatsoever a Man Soweth quest, the game crashed on next-gen consoles. We always get a kick out of ignoring NPCs and running away from quests but, sadly, this bug is now fixed.

You can find the full patch notes here. You should be prompted to install the patch next time you load up The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

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Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.