Next-Gen Witcher 3 PS5 update transforms Geralt into a master gardener

We know CDPR has talked a lot about the improved graphics coming with The Witcher 3 next-gen update, but what about the gameplay changes? Well, there are a few

Witcher 3 PS5 update gameplay changes: an image of Geralt from the next-gen trailer

Whether you’re fending off a pack of wolves, handling an alghoul or two with your Silver Sword, or just roaming the Continent with Roach, there’s always loot to be found in the world of CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt. And, as fluid and swift as Geralt is with his blade in his hand, he’s not qutie as quick when it comes to rummaging around ruins and foraging in fields. Thankfully, though, that all changes with the new next-gen Witcher 3 update – available on PS5 and Xbox Series X. Geralt is going to be something of a master gardener going forwards.

What do we mean by this? Well, among the many quality of life changes introduced by CDPR for this version of The Witcher 3 is one that is called “instant herb looting”. In the Starter Booklet shared by CDPR’s global PR director Radek Grabowski, this quality of life change removes the loot window when picking up plants and herbs in The Witcher 3, instead instantly harvesting it for your inventory.

We don’t know about you, but we can’t imagine it’s easy to instantaneously harvest any sort of flora – especially when you consider the fact that Geralt is often wearing quite sturdy gloves.

Of course, though, this is a welcome change and one that should make looting these useful and plentiful, but rather uninteresting, items that little more bearable.

When it comes to new features, however, this really is just the tip of the iceberg. Generally speaking, the next-gen version of The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt comes with everything you’d expect it to – 60FPS support, Ray Tracing features, and a whole swathe of bug fixes and improvements. You’ll also find that you can capture Geralt with a new Photo Mode, make the most of the DualSense’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers on PS5, and even get your hands on some in-game items inspired by Netflix’s Witcher series.

However, CD Projekt Red has also integrated several pre-existing mods with their own improvements to create an even-more-improved Witcher 3 experience. These include World Map Fixes from Terg500, something that fixes inconsistencies between the 3D game world and the 2D map, and HD Monsters Reworked from Denroth, which comes with over 1,000  improved monster textures – which can’t be a bad thing to include in a game full of them.

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As for additional Quality of Life updates, there are quite a few of them – including the one discussed above. You’ll find a faster way to cast Signs, additional walking speeds (that change depending on how far you push the analog stick), and an alternative sprint mode. If you’re looking for a few more details, though, you can find that information and more in the full Witcher 3 Complete Edition Starter Booklet here.

Once you’ve worked out how to access The Witcher 3 PS4 to PS5 upgrade, it’s worth getting stuck into this adventure again. You can find out more about The Witcher remake release date here, if you’re looking forward to more from the series, but that’s a little ways off yet. This is easily one of the best PS5 games and best Xbox Series X games available right now – and the changes discussed above only further cement this action-RPG’s place as one of the best ever.