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January 9, 2018
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 marks a strong end to an amazing first calendar year for the Nintendo Switch. To pretend that the game is without fault, however, would be disingenuous. Shortcomings on the technical side hold back what is otherwise an amazing experience.
Summary: Why is XC2’s image quality so poor?! If you have a large TV, or are at all picky about picture quality, you probably noticed that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 doesn’t look so hot – even in docked mode.
The art style is gorgeous, but the resolution makes it hard to appreciate. Thanks to some web searching, I was able to find a simple suggestion to fix the picture. Lo and behold, by making some changes to your system settings, you can dramatically improve sharpness and cut through that “cloud sea” of blur.
Creator’s Note: Image quality was improved both in “Game Mode” (which preserves 720p all the way to the display) and when allowing my AVR to upscale the image to 1080p. The scaler on the Switch really does seem to be the weak link in the chain.
More Info: This resolution trick was originally recommended by a community member of GameFAQs. Here’s the original forum post that inspired the creation of this spontaneous “side-quest” video: https://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/2-message-board-help/74809441
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