Finally, after what has felt like an eternity, Respawn’s prodigious battle royal shooter, Apex Legends has arrived on the Nintendo Switch. The epic multiplayer game, published by EA lands on the hybrid console for the glorious price of zip, nada. To cut a long story short, this is as close as you’re likely to get to Titanfall on a handhold. Praise be. But how does it stack up against it’a bigger, beefier contemporaries? We’ve got the answers.
Luckily, Panic Button at are the wheel. Experts in the porting department with games like Doom Eternal, Forza 4 and Rocket League under its belt it is certainly up to the task. But only very recently have the details of the game’s running ins and outs come to light, via NintendoEverything. Andy Boggs, technical director at Panic confirms the commitments of the switch port. 720p resolution while docked, and 576p in handheld mode. In either mode, the targeted frame rate is 30fps.
1. Apex Legends for Nintendo Switch on the dock (TV) – 720p resolution
2. Apex Legends for Nintendo Switch (and Lite) in handheld mode: 576p resolution
3. Apex Legends for Nintendo Switch on dock / laptop: 30 FPS
The full compliment of Apex Legends lands on Switch, March 9th 2021
For context, that’s almost the same as on the Xbox One, which runs the game at between 648p and 720p. The original PS4 can take that up to 1080p, with both running between 30-50fps. Of course, the later generational upgrades pushed the envelope a little harder, with the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X getting things nice and spicy up at around 1440p and 60fps. But with the Switch, a handheld device able to keep pace with the mainstay consoles, is nothing to be sniffed at.
Panic Button seems pleased with the results, at any rate. Chad Grenier, game director of the project at Panic commented,
“We are very proud of what the team has achieved with some intelligent optimisations so that the migration to Switch can offer a complete and portable Apex Legends experience, ”
Apex Legends is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC (also PS5 and Xbox Series X | S via backward compatibility. As of March 9 it will also be available on Nintendo Switch for free and with guaranteed cross-play.
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