Microsoft Sheds Light on Minecraft’s Docked/Undocked Resolutions for Nintendo Switch

Microsoft explains why Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition doesn't output in 1080p when docked.

on May 14, 2017 8:14 PM

It seems like Super Bomberman R isn’t the only game having difficulty reaching 1080p on Nintendo Switch. In a statement to TIME, Microsoft offered an explanation about why Minecraft for the Nintendo Switch  remains at 720p when docked.

“Microsoft notes that Minecraft’s 720p docked/undocked resolution isn’t a question of system power, but stems from issues currently experienced shifting from one resolution to the other when docking/undocking.”

The Switch, while outputting in 720p when in handheld mode, typically upscales to 1080p when docked. This feature, while absent from a few games, is seen in high-asset titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

However, as mentioned above, reviewers and gamers alike have noted that Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition stays at 720p regardless of whether it is docked or undocked. But don’t fret, there is a silver lining on this not being a system power issue. Microsoft explained that there’s still hope for Minecraft for the Switch to reach 1080p while docked:

“It’s possible, albeit not confirmed, that Minecraft for Switch could hit 1080p docked down the road.”

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition launched for Nintendo Switch only a few days ago — on May 11, 2017. Keep tuned for DualShockers’ review of the intensely-popular construction game.

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Noah Buttner is a staff writer at Dualshockers. He specializes in textual and visual analysis and is based in New York, where he recently obtained a degree in Journalism from Stony Brook University.