After a long wait, Apex Legends is now available to play on the highly-successful Nintendo Switch. However, early indications suggest that the port doesn’t perform as well as expected and has been called “unplayable” by users.
Apex Legends has enjoyed a profitable two years since the game released as a free-to-play battle royale shooter on consoles and PC. Millions of players have duked it out in order to be crowned Champion of the Arena.
Now, two years after its subsequent release, Apex Legends has finally made its debut on Nintendo’s dual-function system as we barrel towards the beginning of Season 9. Whether played handheld or docked and hooked up to a TV, fans of Respawn’s frenetic battle royale offering can enjoy the game wherever.
But it seems like the game presented on the portable console doesn’t quite live up to the glorious reputation upheld on powerful hardware like the PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
One of the game’s unofficial Reddit pages has a subreddit detailing the Switch version and any follow-up feedback during the game’s initial launch period.
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Reddit user re-goddamn-loading commented on the state of the game and has received nearly 200 upvotes for their comment saying, “Whew lad. I’m not much of a stickler when it comes to graphics or framerate. But handheld mode is unplayable lol. It’s a blurry low frame mess hahaha. It made me feel like I needed new glasses trying to track opponents.”
In a direct response to this comment, another Apex Legends player, this time on the Switch Lite commented saying, “Yeah, Apex Legends on a Switch Lite, it’s unplayable.”
These two comments aren’t just isolated thoughts either as the thread is full of various comments and complaints towards the inferior version of Apex Legends.
jack_gllghr broke down some of the key components of the performance, discussing its shortcomings and how the game could be improved moving forward: “One match done and I’m disappointed, unfortunately. The UI is scaled up too much, the blur makes it really hard to see distant players, and the gyro aiming has horizontal aiming on the wrong axis (turn like a steering wheel). It’s fine for separate joy cons, but in portable, it should yaw instead of roll.”
Some game launches can be rocky ones, particularly for a port, and it seems like Apex Legends has succumbed to this common trait.
Given that the Respawn is currently well into testing for Apex Legends mobile and preparing a big patch with bug fixes, it’s understandable if they have a lot on their plate and take some time to address, and fix, these issues.
Image credits: Respawn Entertainment
When will Apex Legends next-gen PS5 & Xbox Series X/S versions release?
Apex Legends has been out for a while, and players are yet to see a next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X version of the game, so far how off is it?
Apex Legends continues to do extremely well and is constantly growing, yet the absence of a complete version for next-generation consoles is a mystery. So when will we be seeing an upgraded version of the free-to-play battle royale on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S?
With the launch of Apex Legends Season 11, Respawn’s incredible battle royale FPS continues to be a trendsetter within the industry. For nearly 3 years players have battled each other using a variety of weird and wonderful characters – with the most recent one being Season 11’s Ash.
But despite its ever-growing success and popularity, and the fact it’s been on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S for a year now, fans of the game still have to contend with a backward-compatible version of the game.
So when exactly can we look forward to a fully upgraded version of Apex Legends for the newest generation of consoles?
- Apex Legends PS5 and Xbox Series X/S release date
- How big is Apex Legends on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S?
- Current Apex Legends PS5 and Xbox Series X/S features
When can we expect the next-gen version of Apex Legends?
As of January 14, 2022, there has still been no official word from Respawn Entertainment regarding its update. However, a new leak has sprung hope for fans and players as it could actually be released very soon.
Renowned leaker Shrugtal has discovered files from a recent Apex Legends update that has hinted at the possibility of an imminent update.
The fact that the files now exist in the game is a very promising sign that the devs have got the build for the newer consoles ready.
With Ray Tracing, Adaptive Triggers, 3D Audio, 120 FPS, and a variety of other features possible thanks to PS5 and Xbox, Apex Legends players might finally be able to benefit from the power of new hardware.
How big are the next-gen versions of Apex Legends?
In the latest leaks for Apex Legends’ next-gen versions, according to PlayStation Game Size, the PS5 version of Apex Legends will be “+80 GB (Without Update).” If this information is true, perhaps the next-gen versions will be out sooner than we think, perhaps even when Season 12 is released.
This is very reasonable considering all the improvements the upgrade is promising. Also, this is just the PS5, but considering the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Apex Legends are both nearing the 60-70 GB mark, we expect the next-gen versions to also be fairly close.
What features does Apex Legends have now on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S?
Currently, players with a next-gen console can enjoy the last-gen versions of the game, with minor frame rate increase/stability in 1440p. Players with next-gen consoles can of course also experience the same crossplay capabilities as the previous generation, allowing them to play with all platforms.
However, without a truly optimized version of Apex Legends, we are yet to see the real graphical and performance potentially Apex Legends can provide on next-gen consoles.
120 FPS / 120 Hz
The PS5 and Xbox Series X both have hardware capable of 4K gaming at 120Hz video output. This ultimately allows next-gen consoles to start competing with PC gaming which, depending on the hardware, can run Apex Legends at an even higher frame rate of over 144Hz at 4K resolution.
PS5 DualSense, Haptic Feedback & 3D Audio
Perhaps some of these enhancements we will be seeing could include optimizing Apex Legends for the PS5’s DualSense, which takes advantage of the haptic feedback the next-gen console introduced.
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Further, maybe Apex Legends will optimize its audio for PlayStation’s 3D audio function, which would greatly increase the dimension and quality of sound in the game. However these enhancements for next-gen consoles will come, there’s no doubt they will receive a warm welcome from the community.
A pretty straightforward aspect of next-gen, but an important one nonetheless, is the fact that modern hardware can almost eliminate loading times.
A huge selling point of the PS5 and Xbox Series X is their ability to process information, backgrounds, and everything else required in seconds. Apex Legends matches will be able to move along seamlessly and also allow players to jump into matches almost immediately too.
For those looking for even more improvements, hopefully, Respawn will officially announce something soon for release in 2022. For more news and guides on Apex Legends, check out our complete ranking of every Apex Legend.
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Rampage nerfed upon return in Apex Legends Season 11
Apex Legends has a new update in Season 11, which sees the return of the Rampage, but with a different feel.
Respawn pushed a small update for Apex Legends on January 13, which sees the return of a nerfed Rampage.
While many will be happy to see them back, the community may notice a difference in the Rampage, and that’s because it has been nerfed.
The Rampage has been causing a lot of controversy and frustration among the community during Season 11. Not only was the weapon extremely powerful and one of the best weapons to use in the game, but there was also an exploit that allowed it to stay charged up infinitely, making it overpowered.
It was removed in response to the exploit, but now it has finally returned and players may find it feels different. This is because the devs have decided to nerf the weapon, perhaps realizing just how strong it was during its time out.
Rampage nerf Apex Legends
The developers have decided to nerf the Rampage’s damage and thermite consumption per shot. This means that the weapon will not last as long as it previously did while charged up, as well as doing less damage:
- Damage per bullet down from 28 – 26.
- Thermite consumption per shot increased.
Although a lot of players enjoyed using the weapon, there’s no doubt that a portion of the community also felt the weapon was slightly too strong, so perhaps the community will welcome the change.
That’s all for the return of the Rampage in Apex Legends and subsequent nerf to the weapon. For more, check out the new Season 12 Hop-Up leak.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
Apex Legends players are enjoying life without the Rampage
Apex Legends players are getting used to the Rampage not being in the loot pool, so much so that some are even enjoying the game more.
Since its temporary removal, Apex Legends players seem to be enjoying life without the Rampage.
Apex Legends hasn’t seen many changes since the start of Season 11. Apart from the recent Dark Depths event, which is basically just a sale, players have been awaiting new content such as LTMs for some time now.
Having said that, due to an exploit, both the Sentinel and Rampage were taken out of the game’s loot pool and it seems some players are enjoying the temporary change quite a lot.
Recently, players have been finding all sorts of tricks and exploits in Apex Legends. One of the biggest exploits that really affected the player experience was the Sentinel and Rampage infinite charge-up.
This exploit basically allowed players to keep both the weapons in their charged state for as long as the player wanted, which is of course extremely powerful. The devs responded fairly quickly by taking the weapons out of the loot pool across the game’s modes temporarily.
For some, this change has been enjoyed more than perhaps the devs expected, especially when it comes to the Rampage as this weapon is very powerful even without being charged up.
Reddit user Hartley672 put up a post with an image of a poll that asked the question “Is apex more enjoyable without the rampage?”
As you can see 40,000 people participated in the poll and 69% voted “yes.” Further, the Redditor who posted the poll also agrees with the majority and their post also has over 9,000 upvotes, showing just how many players are enjoying the game without the Rampage.
One comment under the post even stated: “I didn’t even realize they took the rampage out.”
Despite the poll showing a majority of players enjoying the game without the weapon, there is one group of players in particular that are missing the weapon. Rampart’s main passive is that she can hold more bullets in a magazine for LMGs and also reload them faster.
Rampart mains are the ones who are feeling the negative impact of the Rampage’s removal, with one user commenting: “I’m sad because as a rampart main I enjoy having a decent lmg.”
We’re sure the Rampage and Sentinel will be returning once a fix has been established by Respawn, even if the majority are enjoying life without it. For more, check out the leaked details for the Apex Legends Season 12 Collection Event.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
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