Pokemon Scarlet and Violet players have a number of options to resolve the game’s ongoing performance issues. Today is launch day for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the latest pair of Pokemon games from Game Freak. However, many fans have found that the game is occasionally plagued by graphical issues, giving the games the second lowest Metacritic score of any Pokemon game made in the last decade. According to Centro Pokemon, the issues are caused by a “memory leak”, a programming issue where the game uses more and more of the Nintendo Switch’s available memory as the game progresses. A memory leak would definitely cause the performance issues in the game, and more importantly, could be patched in a future update.
In the meantime, there are two simple solutions to “fix” the performance issues caused by the memory leak, functionally forcing the game to reset. The first is to literally restart your game, which frees up the unused memory. The other solution is to go to Mesagoza and enter and exit the city. Since Mesagoza has a different map than the open-world areas, players can quickly force the game to do a soft reset, which should stop the memory leak.
Obviously, neither are perfect solutions and players may have to do this every time they run into slow performance issues. Let’s hope Game Freak releases a patch soon in the next two months that permanently improves the game’s performance.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are now available on Nintendo Switch. You can follow our full coverage here.
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