The Witcher 2‘s intro sequence is still one of the best intros for a video game ever made. It’s still gorgeous in 720p today, but have you seen it in 8K? Oh my.
The Upscale YouTube account has used the neural network-powered Gigapixel AI to bring the original Witcher 2 intro from 720p to a full 8K. You can watch the video in 8K on YouTube — although you’ll want to turn on hardware acceleration in your browser if you’ve disabled that, which many do for one reason or another.
It looks unreal, and that’s even factoring in the heavy amount of compression that YouTube adds. If you want to view the whole video without the compression, the full 18.8GB file is available here. It’s still absolutely worth watching on YouTube below though, primarily because it’s an excellent intro, and holy shit does it look stunning.
Just as a reminder, here’s the Enhanced Edition trailer for Witcher 2 on the Xbox 360:
And the same trailer but in all its AI-upscaled glory.
Maybe TV manufacturers should use this to promo their 8K TVs. And hell, just imagine what the next generation of trailers will look like when this is what they’re aiming for natively. (I’d totally play an upscaled Witcher 2 too.)