Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition has created a bit of an issue for itself it seems, but one that directly impacts gameplay experience is that when docked, Minecraft stays at 720p, instead of the 1080p the system supports on TVs. The reason for this has always been assumed to be that the system itself is to weak for the given draw distance desired on TV, but given the fidelity of Minecraft in general… that was always a suspect assumption.
Microsoft has now confirmed that the system doesn’t lack the power to have the game at 1080p, but rather Microsoft is struggling with the “switch” feature that changes resolution on the fly when docked and undocked. As a fix to have the game out sooner, they just leave it at 720p across the board. While Microsoft is not confirming they will update the game later to support 1080p, they didn’t take that possibility off the table either. Here is what they had to say to TIME Magazine:
“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. It’s possible, albeit not confirmed, that Minecraft for Switch could hit 1080p docked down the road.”