Witcher 3 Blood and and Wine uses Nvidia HairWorks and Nvidia GTX 1080 Handles it Perfectly!
Nvidia GTX 1080 and Witcher 3 Blood and Wine will go hand in hand to deliver a performance worth remembering.
Witcher 3 Blood and Wine is the second story based expansion of Witcher 3 (The Wild Hunt). The story is based on a monster that haunts Toussaint.
Toussaint is a gorgeous part of Nilfgaard. It is known to be a beautiful and merry place. Wines are speciality of Toussaint and hence, it is a place of celebration and joy.
However, things take turn for the worse, when a vampire like monster devours its very natives and only a Witcher can handle such an arduous task.
Enter the Dragon: Nvidia GTX 1080
Nvidia GTX 1080 is the latest graphics card from Nvidia. It is the first in line of Pascal based gpus. It is presently, the best graphics card that you can buy for the price of $599.
It introduces us with GPU Boost 3.0, Ansel, DX 12.0 (and 12.1 feature set), better maximum digital resolution, etc.
Now, that we have been introduced to both of them, we can move further with what I really want to talk about in this article.
Why do you need Nvidia GTX 1080 in Witcher 3 Blood and Wine?
Witcher 3 Blood and Wine uses Nvidia HairWorks for that authentic look that every gamer likes. We have already seen Geralt’s (The Witcher) hair toss around as he walks and jumps.
However, the most important realism comes when it rains or when we come out from a swim. Characters in games have always had to walk in rain or go for a swim.
Their bodies used to get wet, clothes and armour would get wet, skin would begin to shine till they are dry again, etc.
But nothing ever happened to their hair because simulating wet hair has always been quite demanding.
Many games have supported hair simulation for quite some time. Crysis 3 supported hair simulation to a great extent if you could run it on Ultra settings.
Small droplets from rain could be seen going down the cracks on the road, volumetric water was a bliss to watch and the sheer details in environment were invigorating.
In short, games have evolved a lot since then. Far Cry 4 had also supported Nvidia HairWorks and after turning it on, rabbits looked just real enough to make us halt for a second before killing them for rabbit pelt.
Anyways, getting back on track here, Blood and Wine looks gorgeous in this trailer (embedded below for your pleasure) and from what I can image, Nvidia HairWorks will take it up a notch.
Witcher 3 Blood and Wine Trailer
To drive those incredible graphics, you need an equally powerful graphics card. Now, hang on, I am not saying that we do not have powerful graphics card now, of course we do, like Nvidia Titan, Titan X, GTX 980 Ti, Radeon R9 Fury X, etc.
It’s just that they cost devilishly a lot!
|Nvidia GTX 1080||$699.99 (EVGA Founder’s Edition)||Rs. 45,499.35/- (at Rs.65/$ – Unofficial)|
|Nvidia GTX Titan X||$1294.00 (EVGA)||Rs. 98490.00/- (EVGA)|
|Nvidia GTX Titan||$1326.00 (EVGA)||Rs. 70,000.00/- (Asus)|
|Nvidia GTX 980ti||$614.00 (EVGA)||Rs. 66,290.00/- (Asus)|
|AMD Radeon R9 Fury X||$679.99 (Sapphire)||N/A|
That little table will help you to figure out how much do you need to shell out if you want to go into Enthusiast level gaming.
Here are few crucial features that Nvidia GTX 1080 has:
- DirectX 12 and 12.1 Support Ready
- Virtual Reality ready – with specific divisions allocated by Nvidia to develop VR technologies as VR Audio, VR Physics, VR Haptics, VR Panorama, VR HDR, etc.
- Nvidia Ansel – 360-degree image capture to view the game (in VR headsets, it looks much cooler).
- GPU Boost 3.0
- HDMI 2.0b
- New cool SLI bridge connector (it adds a futuristic touch to otherwise plain stripes).
- Max Digital Resolution up to 7680 X 4320 from 5120 X 3200.
Aside from DirectX 12 and 12.1 (feature set) support, there are many new features to look out for. If you are a serious gamer, then I am sure that you’ll utilize every single one of those features.
Especially that massive resolution of 7680 X 4320, will make a game look mesmerizing. This is where Blood and Wine comes into play.
What Witcher 3 developers had to say about Nvidia HairWorks?
You may watch this video and learn about what developers had planned for Witcher 3’s visuals and how Nvidia HairWorks helped them to achieve it.
It’s not just about bouncy, wet, individuals strand of hair simulations. It’s about getting everything done right. It would be wise if you heard it straight from the horse’s mouth.
Blood and Wine Redesign
Witcher 3 Blood and Wine isn’t simply a new story slapped on the graphics of Witcher 3! Blood and Wine has been created to take advantage of Xbox One and PS4’s next-gen hardware and push them to their limits.
With PC version, the graphics are scalable and they look marvellous, enchanting and power hungry.
Here are few images to make you feel what I am talking about:
As you can see, Toussaint is a sprawling city. Gone are the grim and dark areas of Hanged Man’s Tree, war ravaged lands and snow ridden mountains of Skellige.
We are now blessed with blooming flora and cheerful fauna in all its glory. But, inside of all this beauty and gorgeousness lies a dark secret and you will uncover it soon enough.
How much a computer with Nvidia GTX 1080 and The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine will cost?
You must have at least following specs to drive Blood and Wine at its best:
- Samsung EVO 850 PRO – 256 GB
- Intel Core i5 6600K
- Nvidia GTX 1080
- 12 GB of DDR4 RAM from either Corsair or G. Skill
- Corsair 1200 watt SMPS Gaming Certified.
- Intel 6th gen processor supported motherboard like Asus Z170 Pro Gaming
- The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine – $17.99 + $59.99 (Witcher 3)
I have not mentioned exact model number or pricing because actual products many vary depending on where you live and how much it costs there.
I have presented you possible specs of a computer that can run Blood and Wine with Nvidia GTX 1080 without bottleneck issues.
Total cost of such computer will be around $1300 or Rs. 90,000.00/-, approximately.
Is it wise to invest such a huge amount to play one game? Of course not! You must invest this amount to play Fallout 4: Far Harbour, Total War: Warhammer, XCOM 2, Dark Souls III, etc. as well.
Anyways, thanks for reading this article. If you are excited either for Witcher 3 Blood and Wine or Nvidia GTX 1080 (or both), then leave a comment and we’ll dive into what lurks behind the happiness of Toussaint.