The Witcher 3 Patch 1.04 update makes graphical pop-in much worse

The Witcher 3 has had a new patch which did not deliver what was wanted most and has actually caused more issues than it solved. A patchy update you might call it!

The Witcher 3 received an update yesterday in the form of patch 1.04 for the PC version. Although the game itself was received with critical acclaim, the patch has been much less welcome.

Since its release, gamers have complained of issues ranging from texture problems to total game crashes. 


 Geralt checks the patch notes...

The full list of changes as listed on The Witcher's official website:

-Rebinding of all keys is now available after switching on the ‘Unlock Bindings’ option in the Options\Key Bindings submenu.

-Corrects an issue in the dialogue system that might have caused dialogue looping in certain scenes.

-Fixes an issue with incorrect behavior of Wild Hunt warriors after they were affected by the Axii Sign.

-Corrects a bug that caused spontaneous combustion of gas clouds.

-1280 x 720 resolution is now properly displayed as a valid resolution option.

-Fixes boat stuttering in cutscenes.

-Texture rendering quality for the high and ultra presets has been improved.

-Further improvements made in NVIDIA Hairworks performance.

-A few additional gwent cards are now available in the Prologue area.

-Fixes an issue where users with usernames incorporating non-Latin characters were unable to import saves from The Witcher 2.

-Includes a series of overall stability and performance improvements.

-Fixes issues related to alt + tabbing and minimizing the game window.

-Updates the game icon.

-Enlarges the loot pop-up window in the UI.

-Fixes an issue where, in certain circumstances, the comparison window could extend beyond the game borders in the UI.

-Upgrading items included in gear sets no longer destroys rune sockets on said items.

-Introduces small tweaks in the UI for gwent.

-Corrects some missing translations in localized versions.


Not only did these improvements fail to impress, they did not even include the most eagerly awaited feature - a greater control over graphical tweaks. The overall consensus seems to be that the patch has made the game worse and not better.

Several commentators on the official website are threatening to return their copy of the game if the issues persist. YouTuber vBDKv uploaded a video (above) which highlights some of the issues such as pop in which has become noticeably worse with this patch.

Hopefully CD Projekt Red won't waste any time in fixing these issues.


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Published May. 26th 2015
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    They probably fixed things and broke other things. They will make it all work perfectly in good order.

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