The update hits today
I’ve been playing Fortnite weekly for…a long time now, and generally, I favor the Switch.
Fortnite has been one of my go-to “wind down” games at night, and my wife and I play together portably basically wherever we want. A few missions here, some battle progress there, it’s a good chill out experience. I just got another Victory Royale last night, actually!
But while it is fun for sure, the Switch port has been lagging behind since it launched. Muddy visuals and an unstable framerate are mostly to blame, but those are hopefully being addressed today with a rather massive update specifically for the Switch edition.
It’s bringing up the resolution to 1170×660 in handheld form and 1560×880 in docked form, which is a 38% increase in pixels for the former, Epic Games says. It’ll also grant Switch users 140MB of extra storage space (compression), and these changes will enable a “consistent framerate.”
Here’s the full rundown from Epic: “So what does this mean for Switch players? The update provides significantly improved resolution both in handheld and docked modes, resulting in images that are less blurry, without loss of performance. The update also provides a more consistent framerate, with fewer hitches, resulting in a smoother experience overall.”
Good! It’s been lingering for far too long, especially in light of the PS5 and Series X upgrades.
You can get a look at the upgrade below, with the old visuals on the left and the new ones on the right. Notice the extra details like the individual leaves on the tree.
Performance boost [Epic Games]