Turning Wi-Fi off fixes lagging in Zelda BoTW and other Switch games

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    According to Nintendo Life, Nintendo are working on a fix for the infamous frame rate drops in several Switch games. It seems to stem from issues with the Wi-Fi driver; some people have reported that turning it off or enabling "Flight mode" solves the problem.

    :arrow: Read more on Nintendo Life
     


  2. sarkwalvein

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    Stupid random bugs. Well, at least it is user-avoidable.
     
  3. Ritsuki

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    Does the game (BotW) lags in portable mode too? Only played the game twice in portable mode, and so far no problem. I'm going to try docked mode this afternoon
     
  4. Sonic Angel Knight

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    To be honest, i always use airplane mode.... in portable mode, no sense to use it on dock. But i mean no sense to not use it, nothing at eshop now or to download. :P

    ONly reason to use airplane mode in portable mode is to save battery, in dock mode nothing to save, but if that how we get out issue fix, UPDATE PATCH INCOMING! Keep that wifi on. :D
     
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    Problem with the driver or did they offload the network stuff to the CPU and cheap out on the chip?
     
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  6. Astral_

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    The article actually says that one can disable WiFi Auto-Connect in the Internet Settings. I can't use flight mode since I'm using the Switch docked :)
     
  7. Retroboy

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    cant say this enough, clearly shows NINTENDO have not even thought about the actual console yet again, put all its effort into telling how great its BS clone idea is INNOVATION.
     
  8. T-hug

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    Maybe the latter because the range is terrible.
     
  9. Lilith Valentine

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    I am glad there's kind of a fix, but that doesn't excuse the fact that this should have been fixed long before the release.
     
  10. DespyCL

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    Well, it's patcheable, but come on... how come they didn't try to fix it before the release?
     
  11. Foxi4

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    I like how nobody caught this during in-house testing. "Hurr durr, we have framerate drops to 20FPS and below when we promised a constant 60 and we have no idea what causes them. Oh well. Let's not investigate."

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  12. DespyCL

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    But then they noticed after all the crap people throw to them about the frame issues.

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  13. Shadowfied

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    I certainly hope it is a driver issue and that it can be patched..otherwise..jesus christ. I can't believe that Nintendo never learns their shit, particularly when it comes to networking. It's always at least one step back, and if we're lucky, one forward. Now we have 5 GHz but with awful range, 50 Mb/s capped, friend codes again, and a network driver that make games lag..
     
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    hm I must try it ! I always played with wifi on so maybe it will help but I doubt till I have seen it, I will edit my best if there is a change :)
    Also no idea how to disable internet on docked mode :P
     
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    You can turn flight mode on while undocked and it will work in docked mode.

    Tbo, i don't notice any difference in botw and digital foundry seems to think that too.
     
  16. thorasgar

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    What about the laggy 2.4GHz wifi? 2 Mbps when every other device can pull 40-70Mbps.
     
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    Because proper QA testing doesn't exist anymore and is out sourced to India and what not and a majority of issues are left un addressed and patched with firmware updates.

    I was a QA lead tester for 7 years from 2000/2007 for a high profile company and this would not have sneaked through easily, as everything was not firmware updatable at the time and had to have proper man hours applied to debug a lot of stuff.
     
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    Wait, didn't something like this happen in a Ubisoft game, where you had to disable internet for better fps?
     
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    When playing a game, all other processes should get a lower priority or be completely frozen and resources should be trimmed or swapped, to maximize the RAM and CPU resources available to the game.

    Unfortunately no manufacturer does that but it would be easy to do and increase performance significantly.
     
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  20. ned

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    Wait I thought the bug was due to constant resolution switching :ha: