Overnight, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was hit with an update that brings it up to version 1.1.1 on the Nintendo Switch. The official notes for the patch indicate that “Adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.”
That’s… well, that’s extremely non-specific and not helpful at all.
The Internet rumor machine began to crank up as folks dove into the updated game and made claims of how it potentially fixed the frame rate issues in certain areas. That lead YouTube channel GameXplain to create a comparison video to address the possibility that Breath of the Wild’s frame rate had, in fact, been improved.
The results of their comparison? They’re not conclusive. See for yourself. Be warned: The video reveals the location of a certain item around the 1:30 mark. Stop watching by then if you don’t want to be spoiled, regardless of how minor this is.
Maybe it’s better?
On the Great Plateau outside the Shrine of Resurrection, the game certainly looks like it’s running more smoothly. In other areas like the Korok Forest and the Lakeside Stable, things seem maybe slightly better.
It seems like it’s possible that this patch addressed some frame rate problems, but they definitely haven’t been solved. I’m not even sure Nintendo can get that done with this game thanks to the Switch’s hardware power. We reached out to Nintendo for clarification regarding this patch. If the company responds, we’ll let you know.