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Alien Isolation

Alien Isolation Nintendo Switch Port Input Delay Issues May Not Be Fixed

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Alien Isolation has been released this month on Nintendo Switch, and the port is definitely solid, looking even better than the PlayStation 4 release at times. Sadly, there are input delay issues that are making the game hard to play for some players. These issues, while having been acknowledged, they may not be fixed anytime soon.

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Reddit user TheCouncil got in touch with Feral Interactive customer support. The input delay issues are caused by triple buffering, which reduces screen tearing considerably, but adds input delay. As screen tearing is much more noticeable than input delay, especially for a non-competitive game, the developer has no plans to fix these issues, as they would lead to the game looking much worse.

We have seen a handful of comments from users who like yourself are more sensitive to input latency, but the overwhelming majority have praised the smooth framerate and input stability that was delivered, in part by using triple buffering.

While the input delay is definitely annoying, Alien Isolation isn’t a game that requires quick movements, not counting specific scenarios, so the developer’s decision to prioritize screen tearing is definitely a good choice. Things may change in the future, but as of now, you will have to deal with a small input delay if you want to enjoy the game on Switch.

Alien Isolation is now available on Nintendo Switch worldwide. The game is also available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Francesco De Meo
Francesco has been writing about video games and the video games industry for almost a decade, focusing on all aspects of the industry. Having always loved handheld gaming, he joined TouchTapPlay in 2013 to cover mobile gaming and, later on, the Nintendo Switch console, which is today his most played console.