Apex Legends is now available on Nintendo Switch and while the idea of the game releasing on the portable console sounds great on paper, it seems that perhaps it should have been kept away. According to fans of the series who couldn’t wait to jump into the action, the port does not hold up as well as they hoped.
Over on Reddit, users are detailing their experience with the game especially when playing it in handheld mode. As you know, the Nintendo Switch lowers the game resolution and other visual details when playing in handheld mode due to the lack of extra horsepower provided by the dock.
Users say that the game is blurry and the frame rate is a “mess”. One user says that he feels like he needed new glasses while trying to track opponents. Others are simply calling the experience “unplayable.”
One match done and I’m disappointed, unfortunately. The UI is scaled up too much, the blur makes it really hard to see distant players, and the gyro aiming has horizontal aiming on the wrong axis (turn like a steering wheel). It’s fine for separate joy cons, but in portable, it should yaw instead of roll.”
We know there’s a mobile version of Apex Legends on its way. The game is currently in testing but this does raise some alarms. If the Nintendo Switch, which is more powerful compared to a mobile phone, can’t run the game then Respawn will most likely need to skimp on a list of graphical features in order to successfully port the game to mobile. Almost as if we are in for a completely different experience on the phone.
Perhaps Respawn should have worked on a specific version of the Nintendo Switch with its own engine enhancements, models and textures instead of simply porting the game and lowering the resolution. There’s no word yet whether or not these issues on the Switch will be addressed.
You can read about the Apex Legends Nintendo Switch port here including how the battle pass and instant level again system works. We also covered the best Season 8 cosmetics here and took a look back at the past two years of the game in a special retrospective here.