Nintendo Switch continues to delight and surprise with the quality of its current generation console ports - but the arrival of a conversion of The Witcher 3 is something else. Developed by Saber Interactive in association with CD Projekt Red, the ambition here is to deliver the entire Witcher 3 experience, complete with all DLC.
Compromises are inevitable, of course, but what sets this game apart is just how taxing it is on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while the PC version challenges CPU, GPU and even memory bandwidth. As we've discovered in the past with our own tests, getting this game running well on mobile-level power is a daunting proposition - but having gone hands on with the Switch game, the end results are undeniably impressive.
A couple of weeks ago, press were invited to Nintendo's UK headquarters to sample the game running exclusively in handheld mode, and to talk with The Witcher 3 senior producer Piotr Chrzanowski about the process of bringing the game to Nintendo's console hybrid. What we didn't get to experience was the game running in docked mode - though we were supplied with seven to eight minutes of direct feed capture after the fact.