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"Switch is a little more challenging than some, and we'll have to make some compromises there."

Blizzard has confirmed that while Overwatch 2 is definitely still slated to come to Nintendo Switch, the game will have "some compromises" on Nintendo's handheld system.

In an AMA on Reddit, spotted by TheGamer, the team dutifully answered a bunch of questions about the sequel, including one from a fan self-described as a "solely Switch player" who asked how the improved graphics and performance seen in recent reveals will translate to Nintendo's hardware.

The reply came from technical director, John Lafleur.

"As hardware has advanced since the launch of Overwatch, we are extending the OW2 engine with more high-end features," Lafleur said. "However, we're also working hard to make sure all of our platforms get the best experience, even in PvE.

"Switch is a little more challenging than some, and we'll have to make some compromises there," they added. "For that reason, some of the higher end visual enhancements might not be visible, there. We'll focus on making sure all of the gameplay-related features get in, first, and then accentuate with additional features as much as possible."

As for what those compromises may be? Lafleur didn't expand on that, unfortunately, but the response certainly intimates that the team is prioritising performance over graphics.

Other queries included one that asked if cross-play and cross-progression were also coming to Nintendo Switch - the response was coy but suggested Blizzard was prioritising cross-play before tackling the "additional complexities of cross-progression" - and one that wondered if the Switch version would release at the same time as PC and console, something Blizzard "can't promise" at this stage.

ICYMI, Blizzard has now activated cross-play for Overwatch on PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch. The feature was recently announced in a developer update which explained cross-play would be available in Quick Play, Arcade and Custom modes.

However, for the game's ranked Competitive playlist, console players will be pooled together but kept separate from those on PC.

In case you were wondering, while cross-play has arrived, it doesn't yet include cross-progression. "We understand that this feature is important to some of you," Overwatch game director Aaron Keller said earlier this month, "and it's something that the Overwatch team is excited to work on in the future."

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Overwatch 2 to Have 'Some Compromises' on Nintendo Switch - IGN

IGN 28 June, 2021 - 01:00pm

As spotted by TheGamer, the Overwatch development team participated in a Reddit AMA last month, and Reddit user Overwatch2Fan asked if the game is still planned for Switch and if any compromises would be made for this new entry.

"Great question," Lafleur wrote. "As hardware has advanced since the launch of Overwatch, we are extending the OW2 engine with more high-end features. However, we're also working hard to make sure all of our platforms get the best experience, even in PvE. Switch is a little more challenging than some, and we'll have to make some compromises there. For that reason, some of the higher end visual enhancements might not be visible, there. We'll focus on making sure all of the gameplay-related features get in, first, and then accentuate with additional features as much as possible."

These comments come at a time when rumors and reports of a upgraded Nintendo Switch have been constantly popping up. If/when it is officially announced, it will be interesting to see if the improved hardware will make these "compromises" disappear.

For more on Overwatch 2, check out the new PvP changes, the Monte Carlo map, and everything else announced at Overwatch 2's latest livestream and how the community has responded to the game's announced switch from 6v6 to 5v5.

Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

Nintendo Switch Pro vs Switch Simulated Comparison Shows How Current and Upcoming Games Could Look and Run

Wccftech 28 June, 2021 - 01:00pm

A freshly-released Nintendo Switch Pro vs Switch simulated comparison video has been released showing how current and upcoming titles could look and run on the rumored new Switch model.

Rumors about an upgraded Switch model have been circulating the web for quite some time and while Nintendo has yet to officially announce a new model, YouTube channel ‘ElAnalistaDeBits’ has released a video showing how currently available and yet to be released Switch titles could run and look on a more powerful model. The following titles are being compared in the video: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Monster Hunter Rise, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the upcoming Breath of the Wild 2, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the recently announced Metroid Dread, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Paper Mario: Origami King, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Mario Tennis Aces, Splatoon 3, and New Pokémon Snap.

The simulated differences aren’t that clear in all games, but in general, most of the games do like a lot crisper and natural.

Please note that this is a simulated comparison without the use of emulation. According to the creator of the video, only software tools and the mClassic HDMI upscaler were used. Check out the comparison video down below:

Recent rumors suggest that the New Nintendo Switch will come with an upgraded OLED display and beefed-up CPU and memory. In addition, the ‘Switch Pro’ is said to be able to offer 4K visuals in docked mode through NVIDIA’s DLSS upscaling technology.

As said, Nintendo has yet to announce a new Switch model. Earlier this year, the company said that it had no plans to release a new model. We’ll update you as soon as we learn more about the rumored ‘New Nintendo Switch’. Stay tuned.

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Nintendo Switch Pro Will Release in 2022, According to Chinese Switch Accessories Manufacturer

Wccftech 28 June, 2021 - 01:00pm

According to a new online report, the yet-to-be-announced Nintendo Switch Pro will be released sometime next year.

UK YouTube Channel SwitchUp recently reported that a reliable peripheral manufacturing source from China working on new accessories that will be compatible with the new system revealed that they have been informed of a 2022 worldwide release window for the new system.

No Switch Pro in 2021. Reliable peripheral manufacturing source from China; working on products to be adapted for it. Says they’ve been told 2022 global market release. Let’s hope it’s wrong :/

— SwitchUp (@SwitchUpG) June 25, 2021

As the Nintendo Switch Pro has yet to be announced, and we're in the second half of the year, a 2022 release window seems extremely likely. With hardware manufacturers having trouble keeping up with demand due to the current semi-conductor shortage, and with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel scheduled for release next year, it actually does make sense for Nintendo to release the new console in 2022.

The Nintendo Switch Pro has been rumored for a very long time, and all the information on the new console has come from different insiders. According to one of the latest rumors, the console will also support NVIDIA DLSS technology, but not at launch due to some unspecified issues.

There is information that the GPU clock that will go into the Switch Pro is almost 1Ghz. Existing switch clock corrects. 768 MHz.

It is said that it can realize up to 720p 120 frames in Nintendo Switch Pro portable mode.

However, it is said that it will come out with a compromise by fixing 60 frames at 720p due to the maintenance problem.

Performance in stationary mode is known to be optimized for the current 1440p resolution.

It was said that Nvidia's latest technology would be included, but due to various problems, it may be applied only in the stationary mode or may come out sealed at the time of release.

The Nintendo Switch Pro has yet to be formally announced, though it's only a matter of time now. We will keep you updated on the console as soon as more come in on it, so stay tuned for all the latest news.

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Overwatch 2 Will Release on Nintendo Switch With "Some Compromises"

ComicBook.com 28 June, 2021 - 01:00pm

Even though we've recently jumped console generations with the release of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, developer Blizzard Entertainment has confirmed that its upcoming sequel Overwatch 2 will still be coming to the Nintendo Switch. However, as you might expect, this version of the game will have to be dialed back in some areas to properly run on the platform.

In a recent AMA session over on Reddit, Blizzard's John Lafleur reiterated that the game is still very much going to be coming to the Nintendo Switch platform. Because the sequel is going to run on a better game engine compared to the original Overwatch, though, this means that the way in which Blizzard will have to adapt Overwatch 2 for Switch will be a bit more difficult than last time around. Still, just because it will be more challenging doesn't mean that the studio is forgoing a release on this platform.

"Switch is a little more challenging than some, and we'll have to make some compromises there," Lafleur explained of the process of porting Overwatch 2 to Switch. "For that reason, some of the higher end visual enhancements might not be visible, there. We'll focus on making sure all of the gameplay-related features get in, first, and then accentuate with additional features as much as possible."

As a whole, this isn't too surprising to hear from Lafleur. More than anything, it's great to hear that Blizzard still intends to support the Switch whatsoever. Again, with next-gen hardware now being available (at least in theory, since no one can actually buy the PS5 or Xbox Series X), it almost would have made more sense for Overwatch 2 to more fully take advantage of these more powerful platforms, and in the process, potentially not release for older hardware. Then again, if the Nintendo Switch does receive a "Pro" iteration in the future, much as rumors have continued to suggest, then perhaps this porting process will be made even easier for Blizzard.

For now, we still don't know when Overwatch 2 is actually going to release, but it is planned to come to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC when it does arrive.

What do you think about this new information related to Overwatch 2? And are you planning to play the sequel on Switch in the first place? Let me know your answer either down in the comments or over on Twitter at @MooreMan12.

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Blizzard says Overwatch 2 for Nintendo Switch will feature “some compromises”

My Nintendo News 28 June, 2021 - 01:00pm

“Switch is a little more challenging than some, and we’ll have to make some compromises there. For that reason, some of the higher-end visual enhancements might not be visible, there. We’ll focus on making sure all of the gameplay-related features get in, first, and then accentuate with additional features as much as possible.”

They say that like if Overwatch 2 is a high demanding graphics game… It’s literally almost the same as the first one…

I mean, if the first Overwatch on Switch is anything to go by… That only runs at 30FPS compared to 60FPS on every other console, and everything looks kind of muddy past a certain in-game distance.

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There is a Disturbing Lack of Metroid on Switch

CBR - Comic Book Resources 28 June, 2021 - 10:15am

Metroid is one of gaming's most beloved franchises, detailing the sci-fi adventures of Samus Aran, a bounty hunter outfitted with a weaponized power suit. Primarily responsible for influencing the creation and development of the Metroidvania genre, alongside Castlevania, of course, the titles often showcase her ongoing battle against alien adversaries and dangerous wildlife.

Right now, there are no Metroid games made for Switch or purchasable through the Switch's eShop. Metroid Dread is available to preorder, and two classic titles are playable through the virtual NES and SNES with a Nintendo Online subscription, but there's nothing for players who want to play anything other than Metroid and Super Metroid. That's a problem with Metroid Dread now on the horizon and players' hype building.

With all the excitement surrounding Metroid Dread, Nintendo would do well to offer easier ways for players to delve into previous titles in the Metroid series. There's no better place for players to encounter those games than on the Switch, but until something changes, fans looking for a classic Metroid experience will have to get their hands on some older hardware.

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