Rocket League Won't Lose Performance When Docked On Nintendo Switch

The game will run at 60FPS and 720p whether it is in your hands or in the dock.


Much to the delight of Rocket League and Nintendo Switch fans, it was revealed at E3 2017 that the two will be joining forces sometime before the holidays. Even better news is that the fast paced game won't suffer any performance dropoff when players choose to play the game docked or on the go.

Developer Psyonix revealed in an interview with GameSpot that the game will run at a standard 60 FPS and 720p whether the Switch is docked or not. That will apply whether it is played in handheld two-player split-screen or four-player split-screen on a TV. Psyonix VP Jeremy Dunham said some tweaks will be made to the graphics to maintain the performance.

The game is also offering cross-platform play between Switch, PC and Xbox One players, and Switch, PC and PS4 players. Sony is not allowing cross-platform play between Xbox and PS4 players.

The game was very popular before the Switch announcement, and Psyonix appears to have scored again with the move to handheld. 

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    • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
      June 23, 2017 1:09 PM

      Isn't it usually the reverse, that games play better in handheld mode?

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        June 23, 2017 2:00 PM

        Technically Psyonix only promised they would be the same either way without implying better or worse performance issues either way. But typically, yes. The headline and story have been edited to be clearer on that.

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        June 23, 2017 2:12 PM

        The only time that's been the case was the first two weeks that Zelda was out, and a performance patch fixed that. Games so far play the same in both modes

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        June 23, 2017 2:20 PM

        Not really, games drop fidelity when in handheld mode in order to maintain fidelity. A few games (that NBA game and Zelda in particular) had some issues at launch where it lost framerate when increasing the pixel count in big screen mode compared to the handheld mode but those are pretty rare.

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      June 23, 2017 5:12 PM

      Docked mode is starting to become nothing but a mirror

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        June 25, 2017 9:04 AM

        why would you want it to be anything less than that?

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