Patch 1.1.1 for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Switch is now live. A support post on Nintendo’s site explains the process for installing the patch, and gives the following details:

On March 31, 2017, a new software update for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild became available for download. Please take a moment to download and install this update while your Nintendo Switch console is connected to the Internet.

Additional Information:

– This update must be applied in order to use the game’s Internet features.
– Save data will still be available for use after downloading the update.
– If the system is connected to the Internet, the update will download and install automatically.

The version notes simply state:

Version 1.1.1
– Adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.

When I heard that a number of users were reporting improved framerates with the patch, I installed it and immediately warped over to the Korok Forest, which is easily one of the worst areas for framerate drops in the game thanks to the abundant foliage. Since the game runs at 720p in handheld mode and 900p when docked, I recorded footage in both configurations in the video above. While there are still big dips in framerate while docked, it’s actually not as bad as it was prior to the patch. As expected, it runs even smoother when undocked, but still does see some stuttering with sweeping pans of the camera. 

This is the second patch for the game Nintendo has released, after version 1.1.0 on launch day added the option for purchasing the game’s upcoming DLC. If you’ve installed the latest patch, what kind of performance differences are you seeing? Let us know in the comments below!

UPDATE: This patch is also live for the Wii U version of the game.

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Aaron Sanders

After upgrading from an Atari 2600 to an NES on his seventh birthday, Aaron grew up on old school platformers and classic PC point and click adventure games. An IT professional by day, he freelances design, video editing, and illustration in his free time.

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