There have been a lot of failed blockbuster launches lately, but that doesn’t sound like it The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be one of them. Nintendo’s latest major Switch exclusive has impressed many reviewers As far as it runs on the six-year-old hardware, even with Digital FoundryThe experts are amazed at the performance.
Back when previews for the game dropped, it seemed like it was there There may be big concerns about frame rate drops and performance in handheld mode, with anecdotal reports of slowdowns when building complex vehicles or flying between floating islands. Digital Foundry reportsHowever, a pre-patch improved things massively and addressed those concerns.
“It’s a game changer: nearly every major performance hit has been corrected, resulting in a game that’s now very close to the 30fps target,” said senior editor John Linneman Digital Foundry‘s YouTube Analysis. “For the most part, at least, I was able to maintain a solid 30 fps for most of the video capture, which is downright impressive for the Switch when running a game this fast and fused.”
There are still some dips, especially when using Link’s new Ultrahand ability, which lets you combine objects into useful machines – the game’s speed briefly drops to 20fps on first launch – and in busy areas like Kakariko Village . However, Linneman points out that these moments are rare, not to make them a big deal.
graphic, Tears of the Kingdom looks very similar breath of the wild, despite the six years that separated them. Still, there seem to be slight improvements in character removal, shadows, and cloud and fog effects. Even with fast travel, the game should load an average of about 30 percent faster, they say Digital FoundryThe metrics.
The handheld mode also seems to be quite decent. While the maximum resolution is capped at 720p, which occasionally falls below the HD threshold, it apparently looks great on the OLED Switch screen, as expected. The frame rate falls off more oftendoesn’t sound like a deal breaker though.
Several other reviews have confirmed this assessmentpointing out Tears of the KingdomNintendo’s performance on the Switch is a far cry from the flawed releases of other games recently released by Nintendo such as Pokemon scarlet And Violet. “Nintendo made this extraordinary game run on a 10-year-old chipset, on hardware thinner than a small stack of coasters, in a device that fits in my back pocket and takes up just 16GB of hard drive space?” said YouTuber SkillUp in his video. “Tears of the Kingdom is a technological marvel, and this is the story that deserves to be told far more than the occasional frame drop.”
The only disappointment seems to be that a Switch 2 or Pro model didn’t arrive in time for the game. Digital Foundry highlights some of the key visual improvements that have already been announced Tears of the Kingdomis the first trailer at E3 2019. The scene where Link and Zelda explore a dark cave That’s how the finished game starts, but it doesn’t look nearly as good as it does at first glance.
Nintendo says new hardware will arrive no earlier than 2024. Maybe then we’ll get an improved version of Tears of the Kingdom. It now sounds like it will work just fine on the older console.