Visually downgraded? Not a chance.
Over the last couple of weeks, several video game publications have reported that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has undergone a graphical downgrade. Since the game has been leaked by several retailers, the console versions are already available resulting into gameplay footage being uploaded to Youtube. This has resulted into players comparing console footage with pre-release PC build, thereby concluding that the game has been graphically downgraded.
This is obviously not the case. Reddit user killthealias compared some pre-release screenshots to the PS4 retail version of the game. Surprisingly, the PS4 version holds itself rather well compared to the PC build. Obviously, the PC build has better tessellation and high resolution textures, but this is expected since a high end PC will be able to deliver high quality visuals compared to a console that has static hardware.
killthealias also applied some color correction to the PS4 screenshots and in my opinion it makes the game look even better, although not everyone will like the impact of color correction. Regardless, a capable PC should be able to render the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in its full glory.
The game launches next week on May 19th.