Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s performance is so bad, it has people wishing for a Switch 2, or running it in emulators
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet released yesterday on Nintendo Switch, and, although the game could be good (as is expected for Pokémon games), it appears it suffers from debilitating performance issues. To the point that keywords such as “Switch 2” have been in the top 10 of social network following its release.
Complaints about the game performance even got the words “Switch 2” and “Switch pro” to trend on Twitter, with mainstream and gaming sites jumping to the conclusion that “Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is too much” for the Switch to handle.
I personally largely prefer this take:
pokemon fans trending switch 2 and switch pro…..can yall just admit that gamefreak can’t polish a game to save their lives
— 🗣️riley! (@toastyhyun) November 17, 2022
Some people claim that the open world aspect of the game has something to do with performance issues, but I fail to see why that would matter. (Or rather, how the software developers at Gamefreak didn’t work around those issues).
Performance is not the only issue, with many people reporting camera clipping, glitches and other bugs, even after a day 1 patch was released:
— Yuria of Ailurus 🎋Angel’s Sword (@YuriaVT) November 17, 2022
Maybe more interestingly, some folks have been saying that Switch emulators with the right patches actually run the game smoothly. If you’ve been running into issues with the latest Pokémon on your Switch, you might want to give it a try e.g. in Yuzu.
Man this is the reason I’m emulating this with a 60fps patch. Switch hardware needs an update. https://t.co/twzdAxh5ap
— Mutahar (@OrdinaryGamers) November 17, 2022
Showcases of the game running in Yuzu demonstrate that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet can run really fine on a powerful PC:
For those who will stick to playing the game on their actual Switch, it’s worth mentioning though that most of the issues go away if you play in “docked” mode. Understandably, the Switch is a less powerful device when it runs on battery.