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Wolfenstein: Youngblood tech analysis

Posted on July 29, 2019 by (@NE_Brian) in Switch, Videos

At the end of last week, Bethesda brought Wolfenstein: Youngblood to multiple platforms, including Switch. Digital Foundry has now examined the shooter in greater detail from a technical perspective.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood features a dynamic resolution. When docked, it tends to hit 720p more often than not, though there are still dips below that. Portable resolution tends to stick at 540p. Interestingly, the experience this time around seems to be a bit sharper than Wolfenstein II.

Volumetric lighting is present in the Switch version, but it’s not quite the same as what you’ll find on other platforms. There’s no ambient occlusion, shadow quality was reduced, shadow coverage isn’t as good, textures have a lower resolution, and screen space reflections were removed. Despite the sacrifices, Digital Foundry says the game still looks like Wolfenstein on Switch.

Regarding performance, Wolfenstein: Youngblood is capped at 30 FPS on Switch. However, during most combat sequences, it struggles to hit that mark. Frame pacing issues can also crop up when gunfights begin.

Here’s the full analysis from Digital Foundry:

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