What you need to know
- Early review of Apple Arcade for Apple TV suggests optimization problems.
- According to one reviewer, a handful of games performed very poorly at 4K resolution.
- There were no issues reported at 1080p.
An early review of Apple Arcade is suggesting that the Apple TV 4K is struggling to handle some of the titles in the library, but only at 4K resolutions. The review, posted by Macworld suggested that whilst Apple Arcade's game are "amazing", some of them seem to be suffering from severe optimization problems at 4K resolution.
As per the story:
The report goes on to suggest that the issue is almost certainly optimization based, rather than a hardware issue.
The reports aren't confined to this review, and there are some reports across Twitter that performance seems to be a problem on the Apple TV 4K.
A big problem I found, messing around with Apple Arcade games on the Apple TV last night, is that performance is a big issue for a lot of the games that rely on 3D graphics. ChuChu Rocket and Frogger both run at like 10–15 FPS on my Apple TV 4K. https://t.co/G1lj2KTg39A big problem I found, messing around with Apple Arcade games on the Apple TV last night, is that performance is a big issue for a lot of the games that rely on 3D graphics. ChuChu Rocket and Frogger both run at like 10–15 FPS on my Apple TV 4K. https://t.co/G1lj2KTg39— nick (@The24thFrame) September 26, 2019September 26, 2019
The review is quick to point out that the problems only seemed to occur when playing games at 4K resolution.
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The switch runs games at 720p on the internal screen or 1080p in TV mode. It isn't exactly fair to compare an AppleTV running a 4K screen to this. A 4K screen has 4 times the number of pixels to drive compared to the Switch's 1080p output.
Screen resolution really has a big effect on performance, especially where 3D graphics are concerned. I remember running games at a lower resolution when I used to do PC gaming so I could turn up the rest of the graphics settings, which had a much more minor impact compared to screen resolution
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