Video: Technical Analysis of Metroid Dread On Switch by Digital Foundry

Terror Metroid finally landed on the Switch this week, and now the experts at Digital Foundry have shared their own technical analysis of Samus’ new adventure.

So how does it hold up? In docked mode the game offers a resolution of 1600×900, and in portable mode it’s apparently just as stunning – running at “native 720p” – likely to feature the new OLED display.

In terms of game performance, the target frame rate is 60 frames per second, although there are occasional slowdowns possibly related to “background streaming”. And cutscenes are capped at 30 frames per second.

Other than that, one notable inclusion worth mentioning in Metroid Dread is the addition of 5.1 surround sound – something that is rarely heard on the Switch:

“With Metroid Dread, Mercury Steam not only presents surround sound ‘done right’ on the system, it’s also kind of a general masterclass for sound design and layout, giving us one of the aural experiences the most powerful of the year. “

Digital Foundry concludes by saying that this is easily the “best game” MercurySteam has ever worked on – breathing new life into the series.

If you’d like to learn more about Metroid Dread, be sure to check out our own Nintendo Life game review, we’ve given it 10 out of 10 stars.

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