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Nintendo Switch Frame Rate Dropping? This Simple Fix Could Solve The Problem

16 March 2017, 11:25 pm EDT By Aaron Mamiit Tech Times
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Gamers have reported a wide variety of issues for the Nintendo Switch, including dropping frame rates. There is a simple fix for the issue, and it involves the Wi-Fi connectivity of the hybrid console.  ( Neilson Barnard | Getty Images )

The Nintendo Switch launched with great success, selling 1.5 million units over its first week with 89 percent of customers also buying the hybrid console's flagship launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

However, not everything about the Nintendo Switch has been perfect, as gamers have reported a wide variety of issues concerning the hybrid console such as scratched screens from docking, dead pixels on the display, and dropping frame rates.

How To Fix Nintendo Switch Frame Rate Issue

Players have reported frame rate issues with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that causes the game to stutter drop frames. Other games that experience the problem include Fast RMX, where resolution is dropping, and I Am Setsuna, where frame rate is fluctuating.

There have been theories that the frame rate issues of the Nintendo Switch are due to the specifications of the hybrid console, particularly as the power of the device is different from when it is in portable mode or docked in tabletop mode.

However, according to Nintendo Life, a third-party developer for the Nintendo Switch revealed that there is a problem discovered with the Wi-Fi connectivity of the hybrid console that places further load on the device's processor.

A reader wrote to Nintendo Life that he was experiencing frame rate issues with Fast RMX and I Am Setsuna, with the problems happening not at specific parts of the games but apparently randomly. A game usually slows down in certain areas, such as in scenes where the processing power of the console is stretched to its limits, but that is not the case for the Nintendo Switch.

He discovered that the frame rate issues were happening when the Nintendo Switch was periodically trying to automatically connect to a Wi-Fi network when there is none available. The process was supposed to happen in the background, but it seems that it is affecting how games play.

To try to solve the problem, the reader entered the internet settings of the Nintendo Switch and turned off the Auto Connect option. After doing so, he said that he was no longer experiencing frame rate issues in Fast RMX and I Am Setsuna. The issue was still being experienced in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but only the minor ones during background-heavy areas and not the random major disruptions.

Solutions For Nintendo Switch Problems

For gamers who are experiencing frame rate issues with the Nintendo Switch, it is highly recommended that you try out the aforementioned solution. The proposed fix will likely not solve the periodic slowdowns that users are experiencing when the console is docked, but it would not hurt to try.

With Nintendo aware of the issue, it could be working on a fix that will be included in the next firmware update for the hybrid console.

As for the device's other issues, the presence of solutions vary. For dead pixels, apparently, Nintendo believes that it is normal. For the scratched screens when docking the Nintendo Switch, users have come up with a variety of home-made solutions such as attaching adhesive pads inside the docking station.

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