This quarter's major game launches are of the high-fidelity variety. GTA V shipped with tremendous focus on pushing modern PC components to the absolute limit, as we found in both CPU testing & GPU benchmarks. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt aims to similarly push graphics hardware heavily, hoping to finally make use of high-end gaming PC components without console-bound limitations.

This ~$1000 Witcher 3 gaming PC build offers a DIY approach to running CD Projekt Red's latest game at high settings. The intent is to land just below $1000 while still being able to play the game with high graphics quality; you won't be absolutely maxing-out the game with this configuration, but we've offered an upgrade path for those who have extra money to burn.

CD Projekt Red's highly-anticipated The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt received its official gameplay trailer today, with the game's release date on-track for May 19. The trailer mostly features Geralt's overland travels and core gameplay mechanics, including some combat, dynamic enemy AI tactics, and a few quips from the game's NPCs.

Just weeks away from the release of one of the most-anticipated games of the year, CD Projekt Red has announced two paid expansion packs for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. While DLC is all the rage, CD Projekt Red has upped the ante and aims to introduce actual content – with depth and everything – over the usual graphics tweaks or added skins. Via press release, the team had this to say:

If you like beta tests and want to break two systems at one time, have we got an opportunity for you: GOG.com is going to be testing their new multiplayer streaming system—Galaxy—with the release of the closed beta for The Witcher Adventure Game. Let’s take a peek at what both betas are and talk about what this means in the long run.

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Galaxy is GOG’s attempt to provide a multiplayer platform for the games they offer. The company promotes it as “a truly gamer-friendly, 100% DRM-free online gaming platform that will finally provide the GOG.com community with the easy option to play together online.” With the death of GameSpy, a large number of companies have been trying to find solutions for their games (... we covered GameSpy's death quite extensively). Galaxy is a great chance for GOG to step up and grab users who were left out to dry when playing older games that the creators are not maintaining.

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