Could a new Switch improve existing releases?
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When the Nintendo Switch made its debut in March 2017, it was already lagging behind the competition in terms of performance. It’s resulted in some rough-looking ports such as ARK: Survival Evolved as well as “impossible ports” including games like The Witcher 3 and Doom Eternal.
With all the rumours about the Switch getting a successor sooner or later, Digital Foundry has decided to investigate the games on Nintendo’s current generation hardware with some of the lowest resolutions and see if a follow-up to its latest system could possibly improve the situation.
Setting some guidelines, it investigated games based on “how low, the lowest typical resolution is in portable mode” and limited the list to native Switch software that renders full 3D graphics. Apart from games like Witcher and DOOM, some other titles mentioned include Mortal Kombat 11 and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.
“We’re nearing the end of the Nintendo Switch’s lifecycle and a successor is hotly anticipated to arrive in 2023 – but the catalogue of games on the existing system is impressive. However, getting top-tier games to work on an older mobile chipset is challenging – and resolution is often the biggest cut. So what are the lowest resolution Switch games? And could Switch 2/Super Switch back-compat improve the existing catalogue of games in terms of image quality and pixel counts?”
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Do you think we could see a new Switch improving these existing releases in the near future? How do you find playing games at low resolutions on Nintendo’s hybrid system right now? Tell us down below.