Zelda: Breath of the Wild update improves frame rates

Justin Mahboubian-Jones
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From Digital Spy

Nintendo has released its second patch for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Switch, and its patch notes are just a single line long.

"Adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience," reads the text accompanying update 1.1.1.

Is Nintendo being deliberately obtuse? Or has their patch notes writer appreciated the proximity to April Fools Day?

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In spite of the wholly unhelpful accompanying text, the update does seem be doing something. As spotted by GameSpot, players on NeoGAF have noticed improvements in the game's frame rate.

"Can confirm framerate improvements across the board. I've tried first village kakariko and the area next to the old man at the start where the main drops happened, both seem solid 30fps to me. maybe one short drop near old man," said one user.

Breath of the Wild is known to suffer from frame rate drops in particularly challenging sequences or areas, especially when docked.

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In handheld mode the game runs at 720p and generally performs well, but when connected to the dock it renders in 1080p, and reports of performance problems are more frequent.

Considering buying Breath of the Wild? Read our five-star review of Link's most impressive adventure yet.

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