As fantastic as Zelda: The Breath of the Wild is, the game does suffer from poor frame rate at times, particularly when the Nintendo Switch is running in docked mode. This has been a widely reported issue that for some reason, is not present on Switch in handheld mode. Fortunately, it looks like Nintendo has found the root cause and has improved performance in a new patch.
This week, Nintendo began pushing out patch 1.1.1 for Breath of the Wild and from the looks of it, frame rates are improved quite a bit while the Switch is docked. Nintendo didn’t officially note performance fixes in its patch but the notes do state that “adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience”.
Above, you will find a comparison video from YouTuber ‘ElAnalistaDeBits’, showing some gameplay from version 1.1.0 and gameplay from the new 1.1.1 patch. While specific numbers aren’t given, the newly recorded footage is much smoother post-patch.
KitGuru Says: I have been avoiding playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild with the Switch docked due to the inconsistent frame rate. However, from the looks of it, this new patch should make that a non-issue going forward. Are any of you guys still playing through the latest Zelda? Have you tried out the new patch yet?