Dragon Quest XI Looks Surprisingly Good on a Handheld PC

Dragon Quest XI Looks Surprisingly Good on a Handheld PC

No Switch? No problem!

The GPD Win 2 is a handheld gaming device that runs on Windows. That means it can play Dragon Quest XI, which arrived on PlayStation 4 and Steam earlier this week. North America isn't getting the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, and we've heard barely a whisper about the Switch port that's supposedly happening, so Dragon Quest XI on the GPD Win 2 is a tempting compromise.

Curious if Dragon Quest XI's 3D graphics and big environments might be too much for the little computer to handle, though? No worries. YouTuber "The Phawx" made a video just for you. It shows how well Square Enix's RPG runs on the GPD Win 2 after some low-tech specs are applied to drop the resolution to 484p. There's a bit of pop-in, and textures are a little muddy until you get up close (after which they draw themselves in quickly), but the frame rate touches 60 frames-per-second in contained dungeon areas, and then drops to around 30 FPS when exploring wider, busier areas like the opening town.

For fun, Phawx also runs Dragon Quest XI at the Nintendo 3DS's resolution (240p). The results look like swamp water observed through a dirty glass, but hey, the game's still playable.

Dragon Quest XI is a great RPG, and you should play it however you can. You're looking at close to $900 USD for GPD Win 2, though. Oh, Switch Dragon Quest XI port, you can't arrive fast enough.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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