The Outer Worlds for Nintendo Switch Patch 1.2 available now; improves performance, visuals, and other fixes

Private Division has released the long-awaited update patch 1.2 for The Outer Worlds on Nintendo Switch, set to improve visuals, performance, and other fixes made to the game.

The Switch version of the Outer Worlds released just this past Summer, with the port work done by Virtuos Games. After a delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the game saw release in June but was marred by poor visuals and performance. Hopefully, this latest patch helps to shape up the Switch port for those looking for a portable experience for the game.

The first of two DLC packs for The Outer Worlds, titled Peril on Gorgon, released last month for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and we thought it was just okay. This DLC is also slated to come to Nintendo Switch at an undetermined time. The Outer Worlds is also set to release on Steam later this week on October 23, following a year of PC exclusivity on the Epic Games Store.

You can find the patch notes on The Outer Worlds' website or shared down below.


Greetings fellow spacers,

The next time you launch The Outer Worlds on your Nintendo Switch, you should see Patch 1.2 ready to download and install! The patch is required in order to fix specific issues and apply any changes included. If you do not see this update right away, please know that it may take some time to populate and become available.

Features included in this update:

  • Implemented a half-resolution SSAO
  • Implemented Clouds in Skybox
  • Replace SSR with SphereReflectionCapture
  • Disabled subsurface profile shading
  • Added Depth of Field to Conversation Camera

Changes and Fixes included in this update:

  • Limited the max instance count for sounds to improve CPU performance
  • Adjusted the volume threshold for sounds to improve CPU performance
  • Packed textures to save memory
  • Optimized materials for the environment and terrain
  • Optimized and added more vegetation to the world
  • Added details to the world buildings
  • Used normal map textures instead of triangles for objects
  • Re-designed some buildings
  • Meshes rebuilt for improved visuals
  • Lightmap texture streaming rebuilt
  • Fixed character AI issues
  • Improved the streaming performance to fix the building dark issues players experienced and some texture blur issues