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The Outer Worlds Nintendo Switch patch is out now

The Nintendo Switch port of The Outer Worlds is getting a much-needed patch.

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The Nintendo Switch port of The Outer Worlds is getting a much-needed patch.

Update: October 21, 2020

Patch 1.2 for The Outer Worlds on Nintendo Switch is now rolling out globally. To download the update, press the Plus [+] button on the game’s dashboard icon and select Software Update. You can read the full patch notes on the Obsidian website. Let us know what you think of the improvements on Twitter and Facebook.

Original Story: October 19, 2020

The Outer Worlds is a very good game. But, on Nintendo Switch it runs poorly and the image quality is a blurry smear of grease. In my review of the game, I said: “The underlying quality of the narrative experience is there to be enjoyed in every glorious detail, but the technical shortcomings are hard to ignore.”

Hopefully, a new patch from Obsidian’s porting partner Virtuos will improve the situation. The official Twitter account for The Outer Worlds teased an update for the Switch version earlier this month, and has now confirmed that a patch is coming on October 21.

At the time of writing, no specifics are available, but a follow-up tweet says that “More details on what is included in the Nintendo Switch patch will be released soon.”

In the meantime, we have two comparison images to examine. We hope you have some magnifying glasses handy.

The Outer Worlds - Nintendo Switch Patch

There are some clear improvements to be found in the new images, but the proof will be in the playing. If the overall image quality is enhanced, and the wayward frame rate steadied, it will be far easier to recommend the game.

Publisher Private Division appears to be confident in the update, as The Outer Worlds will also go on sale via the Nintendo eShop from October 22.


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