This week marks the release of Splatoon 3 on the Nintendo Switch. So far there's been our own Nintendo Life review, as a well as a round-up of impressions, and now we've got technical analysis from John Linneman of Digital Foundry. So, how does the third game hold up on Switch?
Jumping right into it - the game uses dynamic resolution scaling and AMD's fidelity effects FSR 1.0, and typically runs at 1920 x 1080 in docked, with it dropping to around 820p at its lowest. In portable mode, it maxes out at 720p with DRS dropping to about 75% of that.
"The key here though is that it [Splatoon 3] manages to reach and maintain its maximum pixel count a lot more often than you'd expect - especially in portable mode, where it usually looks to be native 720p during average gameplay. As a result, Splatoon 3 is noticeably clearer than your average Switch game as of late."
Digital Foundry also notes how while FSR is listed within the license section of the game, it doesn't "bring much to the table". Splatoon 3:
"FSR 1.0 is not anti-aliasing, it is a spatial upscaler only. The problem here is that Splatoon 3 itself does not use any form of anti-aliasing, which unfortunately is rather common in Nintendo games, they may be using it in combination with the dynamic resolution scaling algorithm, but I can't say that it actually benefits in any signifcant way. The only reason it appears sharper than your average Switch game is because the pixel count is generally higher. But FSR 1.0 does not increase the pixel count."
As for performance, it's been confirmed as being "extremely stable" and DF struggled to find any slowdown at all in the game's single-player mode. It delivers a locked 60fps in battle, even on lower-end hardware. Digital Foundry elaborated on this in its multiplayer preview noting how Splatoon 3 "doesn't miss a single frame at any point. One point to note though is that the game's hub area has been reduced to 30fps though, but again "everything else" is 60.
Loading times are also described as being "relatively brief", taking an average of fewer than 10 seconds in most cases. All up, Digital Foundry gives Splatoon 3 the thumbs up stating how it's a very polished game, that's fun to play and has plenty of content to dig into.
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