The Witness patch will (hopefully) fix motion sickness problems

The Witness

The Witness is a heck of a good puzzle game, and apparently selling quite well, which is good news for the creative future of Jonathan Blow. But it's making some people sick, too: Not in the sense of a “Wow, I can't believe I spent 40 bucks on this 3D Sudoku thing” jag of buyer's remorse, but actually feeling physically ill as the result of motion sickness.

It seems to be a relatively widespread phenomenon, going by this thread on The Witness subreddit and this one on the Steam forums, and there are different theories about what's causing it. But Blow and co. are working on it, according to a pinned “Patch Notifications” thread on Steam that says an “Experimental Anti-Motion-Sickness Update” is in the works. The update enables a wider FOV [field of view], disables view bob, and increases acceleration when walking or running.

The update hasn't been rolled out to the public yet, but you're having motion sickness issues and don't mind rolling the dice on a beta patch, you can opt in to the “future” beta branch and snag it now.

Thanks, Blues.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.