Xbox YouTube Channel Advertises The Witcher 3 With PC Footage [UPDATE]

Today, the Xbox YouTube channel released a rad new video for the upcoming role-playing game The Witcher 3. There’s just one problem: it’s not actually running on an Xbox. Whoops.


Yep, despite that XBOX logo stamped on the bottom right corner of the above video, this is actually footage from the (presumably better-looking) PC version of the game. The easiest way to tell? You can run the YouTube video at 60 frames-per-second; the developers of The Witcher 3 (out May 19 for PS4/XB1/PC) have specified that the console versions are actually locked at 30 FPS.

A representative for developer CD Projekt Red confirmed to Kotaku this morning that this footage is indeed from the PC version.

So what’s the deal here? Harmless mistake? False advertising? A little bit of both? Whatever the case, consider this a PSA for anyone who’s considering buying the upcoming RPG: don’t expect the Xbox One (or PS4) version to look this good.

UPDATE (1:35pm): Microsoft’s added a new note to the YouTube description: “In game footage provided by CD Projekt Red, captured on a PC.”

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Its about ethics in advertisement