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Dark Souls: Remastered runs at 1080p, 30 FPS on Switch when docked

Posted on January 11, 2018 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Dark Souls: Remastered was unveiled for Switch during today’s Nintendo Direct Mini. Bandai Namco has now passed along a couple of additional details.

Of course, Dark Souls: Remastered is playable on the go for the first time. As far as technical aspects are concerned, Bandai Namco says that the game runs at 1080p at 30 frames per second in TV mode. Performance in portable mode was not clarified.

Dark Souls: Remastered launches on May 25.

Source: Bandai Namco PR

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  • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

    Suffering on the go!!! Nice!

  • WTFISTHISSHIT?

    Wouldn’t have mind 720p for 60fps but its portable soo~

  • Force

    The mode that very few people care about, worthy of an article of coverage? Well I’ll be. I can’t wait for the salt about how handheld mode isn’t clarified.

    • Tlink7

      Plenty of people care about docked mode…

      • Peter

        I don’t care about docked mode but as a whole it’s hard to say how many people do in fairness. I know I use the Switch as a portable all the time and so do my mates.

        • DEZn00ts_1

          You only use it as a portable most of the time because your brain wants confirmation for everything you do. Most people use it in docked no matter how talkative the losers pose as online.

          • Peter

            Oh shut up.

          • DEZn00ts_1

            Cry.

    • Aqua

      I tried out handheld mode once the first day I got it. Haven’t taken it out of the dock since.

      • Force

        So have I, but the numbers still speak in favour of handheld. One’s an awesome fleshed out (portable) and the other is a side-accessory (docked) how is that fair?

        • GoldenTriforce

          Usage is only slightly more handheld than docked. A lot of more hardcore gamers want the best resolution and in turn play more docked, and also worse resolution is LESS noticeable on the smaller handheld screen. However yes they should still give portable performance as well

          • Force

            Portable performance? Hah, handheld playing people excuse any faults with a game on Switch due to portability, why would THEY care for performance? Please.

          • JasonBall

            I agree. If a game doesn’t run, take crap off the screen. Don’t blame it on portability.

          • Force

            Problem with that, is by doing that, you’ll seriously mess with the docked version. It’s an issue with the Switch as “hybrid”.

          • DEZn00ts_1

            Switch was never labeled a hybrid and most games Ive played have no issue. I played more DOOM on my Swith then I did PC.

          • JasonBall

            Boo hoo

          • Force

            It’s clear where you stand.

          • JasonBall

            I’m tired of your whining about the Switch, that’s all.

          • Force

            And it’s so hard to read over my comments, why exactly? Also Ball, please tone down that fanboy attitude of yours. I’m talking about the Switch, not about you, don’t feel attacked.

          • JasonBall

            Sorry, 2am aggro had kicked in. You’re fine.

      • askjiir

        Lol how stupid

    • Toni

      “very few people care about”, sounds like the ignorant that tried to tell me how almost everyone uses PS Plus and plays online when in fact it’s like 15% of the people…
      and we already got data on that from Nintendo, it’s 30% preferred
      handheld mode, 20% preferred docked mode and 50% both, take the same ratio from that and you have at least 40% that always play docked mode

      • Force

        Then where are these people hiding? Why do I always read about praise, and excuse and fantastic as portable?

        • Toni

          what do you mean? not everyone is following some small news page to share their opinion on it, most of the people I know don’t either and even if you count in youtube opinions, that’s barely a number compared to the amount of people that actually bought a switch; also Brian doesn’t have an overview over how many people visit their page that actually only care about docked mode

          • Force

            I’m not talking just NE, I’m talking all around I’ve gone. Googling for how people use their Switch etc. The sentiment is generally “I didn’t even unwrap my dock” or “I use both, handheld on work, handheld in bed, handheld when TV occupied and sometimes TV when all of the above doesn’t apply”

            So basically handheld all day everyday. And people excuse handheld performance on this site all the time. Just wait until another comparison article shows up and look at people defending the Switch “Because it’s the handheld version!!!! you can’t compare that with the PS4/Xbox One!!!!!!!!”

          • Toni

            doesn’t change the fact that there are still people playing docked only, not like they have anything to complain about just because those playing handheld are happy about it and have to announce it everywhere

            well, the problem is when someone assumes that the switch docked somehow magically makes it that much stronger, the dock is barely an upgrade to the handheld, so it running at 1080p 30fps is good, most of the device is the battery and if you think about how xbox and ps4 have like 20 times the amount of hardware if you remove the battery, it’s not really a fair comparison, obviously there will be people who then start bragging about whatever switch can do despite its size, but one would be dumb to take that bait, it’s a waste of time to get annoyed by something that superficial, if people took everything into account there would never be conflict

          • Force

            “not like they have anything to complain about just because those playing handheld are happy about it and have to announce it everywhere” Only because they do not consider the issues they run into to be because of the handheld people. The compromises to get it handheld, all the game’s issues, wouldn’t have to be made if the dock had it’s own power.

            I know it’s barely an upgrade, and that in and of itself is a problem.

            Push comes to shove, I’m not asking for super graphics, I’m merely asking not to suffer the compromises the games make to be portable while playing docked. There is no fairness in my experience suffering for that of others due to it being a hybrid.

          • Toni

            the compromises were necessary for this system to exit in the first place, nintendo is not gonna try and replicate the ps4, so what are their options? the switch is a great idea, but wouldn’t sell if it featured better specs, which would not only increase the prize but also power consumption and result in increased heat production, making it less optimal for a handheld…
            the problem is the push for better and better graphics everywhere else: “4k, 4k, 4k” not realizing how much power that needs both electricity wise and hardware wise but also storage wise; games suddenly taking up to 100GB because of that should be common sense, storage also costs a lot to create and adding that to the costs doesn’t work out and I doubt they can just make a dock that would push the hardware in the switch any further, all they can do is adapt the games to the hardware… I never expected the switch to be able to do as well as ps4 or xbox one would with multiplatform games, developers just want to have it as easy as possible, the best hardware will achieve that, but if the switch can sell software better despite the hardware, the developers will take that cost into account and may make more profit in the end

            you would think “well, at least make it somewhat better, ps4 level should be possible” but the ps4 can’t be turned into a handheld and sell at a profit with that much power consumption, even the normal ps4 was selling at a loss from the beginning and betting on numbers instead, the switch at least is selling at a profit from the start and that’s necessary to make money and also satisfy the investors who basically make the switch and the games possible in the end…
            people like to see all these things seperately, but they’re all interlinked

          • Force

            Nintendo could’ve also chosen not to make the Switch with a dock at all, never entering this pathetic charade to begin with.

            It’d been a clear cut from the start, “Nintendo Switch, can do local co-op with it’s screen and thus Switches from local machine to handheld” cut out the dock, improve battery, the handheldees are happy, and the home-console people don’t get conned into buying a severely overpriced handheld instead of an actual home-console.

          • Toni

            what’s the point? just a handheld? not only would they lose the flexibility but also a lot of customers… they can’t improve the battery considering the power the games need to run in the first place, not only would it increase the devices size and weight but also the cost considerably, therefore ruining the whole idea again of having both console and handheld games in one… do you really think a company as big as nintendo, working together with Nvidia wouldn’t take everything into account when making their hardware? the switch is the most efficient thing they could make at this point in time with everything considered
            you can tell by looking at previous consoles how it turned out to seperate their games over 2 platforms, now with more and more demand for better graphics, they need more manpower and time to make those games and that in itself is a big cost-factor
            when next gen tech costs less, this gen tech will become their new platform as it will become profitable at that point…
            why do you think Nintendo even made the 3DS, considering how weak it is, it barely can run anything that isn’t specifically made for it

            the whole point of nintendo is entertainment, whether you care about the specs that much or not doesn’t matter in the end, people had their fun… but this race for the best hardware and graphics will hit a wall in the end as double the lenght means 4 times the size and at one point the increase will be so minimal, people will get disappointed a lot

          • Force

            And so, those who play docked, are to suffer for the machine being handheld? Well F that, I won’t stand by and just let that slide. The Switch is a mistake until that is solved!

            You also haven’t debunked my last two points, that portability is only for convenience sake, and that power truly matters.

            I don’t want to have to deal with errors and frame-drops, because the lazy masses want their handheld. That’s why it was GOOD when the 2 were separated!

          • Toni

            well, everyone is different, so there is no pleasing everyone, you either accept the limits or don’t buy it, you can’t expect them to keep going the same way when they reach a dead end… that seperation lead them to that dead end, the result is the switch, there is no perfect solution

            I doubt it’s that profitable to make a seperate “just home-console” part of the switch, since it would lose its purpose in both name and hardware and also force nintendo to create 2 versions for every game they make, which again costs money and time, with how inflexible a company can be, they just can’t adjust everything for every situation; human resources usually are the biggest costs for companies

            I don’t see the problem with the switch being used as a home-console at the same time, so far I’ve only played Zelda Botw on the switch I bought like a week ago and while I’m impressed with what the handheld offers, I play like 80% of the time on the TV, still, when I travel this is a great way to entertain myself, I like that it’s 2 in 1, how much better some games could be doesn’t matter to me, as long as it looks good, it’s fine, it doesn’t have to live up to the current highest standard
            most people I know have more than just a switch anyway, it’s either PC or PS4 and any multiplat-games I care about I just get for my PS4 and that’s that… as long as I manage my money wisely, there is nothing I can’t play, but I also don’t know where you’re from, some countries don’t even pay enough a month to buy a console with it, but if you can afford it, why complain about it

          • Force

            2 different versions? Nah, just make it as they do with Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, a powered up mode and make sure that the home-console uses cartridges, fixed.

            I’ve got a reasonable PC and a Switch, but I simply want better from Nintendo. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the dock ends up being removed from the Switch in future iterations, or, only kept the way it is now. It’s not worth it to Nintendo to improve it.

            I’ve no reason to buy third-party multiplats on Switch, and I think that’s a shame, lest we forget that, besides portability, the Switch is the Nintendo machine that third-parties were so hesitant to develop for.

          • Toni

            that creates another problem though, the cartridges cost more than discs at this point, 16GB is fine, but to get the ever increasing sizes of the high demands of shallow minds on them, they would have to at least quadruple their costs on that, making 64GB storages that small in itself is a lot of work and therefore costs, might again not be profitable unless sold for like 90€ a game, which nobody will buy

            yeah I don’t see them work with the dock either, but it has legs, as long as the hardware of the handheld device improves, it will work out, but it can’t get better that fast is all

            it’s fine, a lot of people will still buy them, I will take the better version on the ps4, that’s fine by me and it doesn’t hurt nintendo that much if some people don’t agree, in the end they’re still moving forward as time goes on and developers understand that well enough, this console is the most accessible nintendo has ever made, it’s a big plus for third party developers… you just look at the product available, if it’s fine you get it, not everything has to be perfect

          • Force

            But what if the novelty of portability wares off? What then? Nintendo will have to do another 180, and I will be there when that time comes.

          • Toni

            yeah, that’s a valid point, but it won’t happen that fast, one big plus that will always stay is the convenience of it that people will always seek, not just because it convinces them to play at all when their time is short, it also means you can plan your life, vacation and whatever else more effectively, it’s more convenient in more than just one way, nintendo is also monitoring the market, whether the novelty wears off or not, they will know it in time if their marketing is on point

          • KnickKnackMyWack

            People are constantly busy and moving. There will always be a market for portable gaming, I think.

          • Force

            True, we will see where it heads, but if the tech-people are to be believed, it’s either hybrid, or portable, nothing in-between.

          • DEZn00ts_1

            Portability is not a novelty. Look at the phone, tablet, Nintendo handheld market. Seems like someone can’t get a Switch.

          • DEZn00ts_1

            Us docked players aren’t talking about how COOL it is to dock a portable device, maybe that’s why??? Got your faggots need so much confirmation from people. My first comment before reading this one confirmed that… That’s your reason, if you don’t like it… Oh well.

    • StuOhQ

      I mostly play docked… but also play handheld when the wife has the TV, or I want to play in bed, or I’m going on a flight.

      • Force

        Groovy, why not just buy a PS4 and wait for the Switch to inevitably become handheld only then?

        The masses want their convenience and portability, the dock isn’t convenient, nor portable, it will eventually disappear for their selfish whims.

        • Eagle367

          You have issues to deal with

          • Force

            So do you, why do you feel this insistent need to reply to me? Go play your games.

        • JasonBall

          Are you okay?

    • Eagle367

      No it doesn’t stop your rhetoric of only handheld people being interested in the switch when it’s obvious console gamers are as well and gamers who like both portable and handheld experiences

      • Force

        Can’t handle the truth, boy? The entirety of the Switch’s power is housed in a tablet, with side-sticks attached to make it a handheld. Holy crap, that’s quite the home-console alright! Takes compromises on every game and runs every multiplat worse.

        Get out of here already.

        • Eagle367

          The wiiu and Wii also ran every multiplat worse are they not home consoles? The truth is if you leave it in the dock and never take it out it is a home console for you and if you never put it in the dock it’s a handheld for you and if you take it out and put it in the dock it’s both for you and that is what a hybrid is. Power has nothing to do with being or not being a home console functionality does and functionally you could treat it in three different ways so it is what you want it to be

          • Force

            It sacrifices in the power department because it’s form-factor is a tablet and it CANNOT be any stronger than it is right now due to it’s size. It being a hybrid limits what it could’ve been as a home-console.

            The dock barely does anything to really allow the Switch to shine, it only exemplifies how things look when stretched out from the precious handheld screen to that 720/higher P that’s supposed to “look better” but obviously does not.

            If the dock allows the Switch to go full power, that only proves how little power it really has as a home-console. As a handheld, it can do everything just fine, with some compromises but that’s to be expected everything considered. That is not the case for home-console, at least it shouldn’t be.

          • Eagle367

            You make it sound like the switch is so weak as a home console when it’s the strongest Nintendo system ever and the fifth most strongest console in history. Regardless as I said power doesn’t determine it so the NES suddenly hasnt become a handheld

          • Force

            Here’s the thing: Portability helps one sell their games, but it won’t help them run the next-generation of games.

            Portability is only great if you’ve got the games to make it worthwhile. Without power, the Switch WILL be outpaced.

          • Eagle367

            As if Ninty will just sit around and say that’s it. As if they will never release another console after this using newer tech like the Tehran X3 or something other than that when it gets cheaper. You are making it seem like the switch is the be all end all of Nintendo which Nintendo will support for a long long time and that without any midgen upgrades

          • Force

            Course they will happen, but if Nintendo always stays behind the curve, then they will also always miss out on current gen games like Monster Hunter World and Red Dead 2.

          • Eagle367

            Monster Hunter world is clearly paid by Sony and again that has no bearing on it being a home or portable console

          • Force

            In Japan, and ONLY in Japan. Think this through carefully, what gain would Sony have from allowing Xbox/PC, their currently biggest competitors from having this game in the West, the target market? That’s right, nothing. In fact, it being exclusive to Japan makes it only stranger, since PC isn’t nearly as big there, and neither is Xbox.

            And yes, it does have baring on it being a portable console. Size matters when it comes to portability, and the smaller it is, the less room there is for advanced tech, which in turn makes it weaker tech wise and limits it when it comes to hardware-pushing games. It’s all connected.

  • Aiddon

    Oh Buddha, I can already hear the tech fetishists whinging. As long as Blight Town no longer runs like a Power Point presentation it’s fine.

  • gurbeergill

    Anyone know if it was announced on the Switch first? Because that would be very significant.

    • Eagle367

      I think it was

    • GoldenTriforce

      Yes it was, maybe Nintendo has marketing rights?

  • Drybonekoopa85

    Day 1 buy EASY for me! Absolutely love the Souls games! Thank you Nintendo and Bandi Namco!!! This means A LOT to me.

    The direct was amazing! I’m going to pick up everything that was shown! Can’t wait for tax season lol.

  • kurodo

    Day one for me!

  • Tlink7

    Nice 😀 you just know all the elitist PC gamers are gonna crap all over it though, despite it being PORTABLE

    • Michael C

      PC? hmm every other version will be better then this when hooked up to a TV.

      • nemo37

        Yeah but no other version will look better on the go at this price. Hence, the entire point of the Switch and portable systems in general.

        • Force

          Then Nintendo should’ve been wiser not to call it a home-console and just market it handheld. They call it home-console, and thus, the comparisons are valid, and Michael C has a point.

          • nemo37

            Yeah I think a portable console that has the power to play home console quality games on the go and flexibility to switch to TV would have been more appropriate. As that is what the system is. As for your comment below about the dock (even though I doubt it costs nearly as much as Nintendo is selling it for) I agree they should have just offered a cable adapter to HDMI or better yet they could have built the HDMI port into the system, though I guess aesthetics and design (like not having the system fall over) played a roll in providing a physical dock.

            But again I am fairly sure Michael C has eyes and can see that this system is in essence a decently powerful mobile tablet not a stationary console.

          • Force

            With where tech goes, we’re about to meet very sad times where, apparently, all the systems will turn into hybrids, and TV play will be full of the issues the Switch faces today.

            The latest Nintendo direct just proves my point: It’s a system for the handheld people. These games, cheaper and better on other systems, are purely for those who demand convenience over a good experience. Soon, the early-access like games will be all we have, bug-ridden with problems and errors, requiring many patches to work properly.

            Perhaps it’s time for another industry implosion, and hopefully this time, Nintendo can’t pull it out, so that it either comes back strong on it’s own, or stays down permanently.

          • nemo37

            “With where tech goes, we’re about to meet very sad times where, apparently, all the systems will turn into hybrids, and TV play will be full of the issues the Switch faces today”.

            I would highly doubt that. The Switch is the console that a gameplay focused company like Nintendo has wanted for a long time. For the most part, even Nintendo’s home consoles did not really prioritize power. The Switch gives them the portability that they want from a portable console and the power they expect from a home console for their games.

            For a company like Sony and MS, where cinematics are important, I doubt they would want to go the hybrid/portable route. Even should Switch be successful, I doubt that is where Sony (look at how much they invested in PSP versus PS3 and PS Vita versus PS4; much like how Nintendo has largely invested more in their handhelds than their home console, Sony has invested more in their home console than their handhelds) and, especially, MS’s passions lies (in the case of MS they have seen three portables that outsold their Xbox counterparts, and that has not made them want to make a portable).

          • Force

            I’d have to take you to a forum where I’ve spoken with people then, since they believe people’s want for portability and the decline of home-console sales will force them all to go the road of the Switch.

            Whenever I look at Switch news, I consider phones, it’s as if the entire world just wants convenience and portability, and that the actual game experience can burn in a fire if it isn’t portable.

            The Switch for me, as a home-console player with strong attachments to Nintendo’s IP, is a frightening look into the future of the masses demanding convenience at the cost of those who do not.

          • nemo37

            Will look at it this way, when smartphones came out all of the so-called analysts said stationary PCs would die. Fast forward several years later and that prediction never happened. I suspect it will be the same with portable/hybrids and stationary consoles. Portables and stationary systems have coexisted for a long time as they both provide different benefits and I doubt this will change even if Switch is largely successful.

          • Force

            Even though the Switch combines both? The only thing that holds it down, is how it’s currently quite weak and the home-console part is hardly used, let alone fleshed out.

          • RoadyMike

            Well the problem isn’t convenience. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want things to be more convenient. The issue for me personally is compromising certain experiences due to factors/”features”. I love how I can play Xenoblade 2 and Rocket League anywhere but these games run terrible at times undocked

          • Force

            True, but then the question is: Is this on the game, or the hardware?

    • Force

      Portability is all, that is the world the Switch and mobile gaming have opened up. The masses subjecting everyone else to their need to have their games everywhere, compromise or not.

      • Tlink7

        PS4 is still out in force (hue), so don’t fret, my companion~

        • Force

          For now, but as someone pointed out to me, home-consoles have been selling less and less over time.

          • Tlink7

            Power consoles have started to sell more though, relatively

          • Force

            Truly? Hm….

          • RoadyMike

            Last I heard the PS4 was still selling pretty good, so I guess there’s some truth to that

          • Force

            I’ve had a discussing with someone about this, and he did point out that home-consoles have been selling less over time… And the only reason the home-console market in Japan is going strong, seems to be Switch…

            Ironic, isn’t it? When the Switch is really a handheld….

          • RoadyMike

            Indeed. The only way to make a decent console was to turn it into a portable. brbrrbbrbrb

          • Tlink7

            Yeah of course, where as the Wii had 1/3rd of the home console market, the Wii U had like 10%

  • Paddy Alfan

    They should put a warning of the hazard of playing this in handheld mode

  • Michael C

    Again the worst of the 3 systems when hooked up to a tv.

    • nemo37

      Thank you for stating the obvious. A portable system running on a battery that focuses on offering games on the go performing worse than a graphics focused stationary systems plugged into a wall outlet…who would have known?

      • Force

        Yet advertises itself as a home-console, thus invoking comparison. Maybe should’ve been a handheld after all?

        Plus, the dock is also plugged into a wall, providing… oh wait… basically no palpable benefit at all for the 99 euros that it costs!

    • awng782

      Does it tire you to post this type of comment in every article related to the technical performance of a multiplatform game?

    • Padre

      Actually it will be the best console version, because Pro Controller has four digital triggers that suit this game the best. I was so waiting for this after bad Xbox controller experience.

  • StuOhQ

    Hopefully the portable mode is 720p, though.

    • awng782

      It is.