Lower Framerate on NBA 2K18 Switch Port Sparks Debate Among Fans

Lower Framerate on NBA 2K18 Switch Port Sparks Debate Among Fans

NBA 2K's Switch port looks great... except for maybe one thing.

Yesterday I finally got a chance to play NBA 2K18 on the Switch, and for the most part I was pleasantly surprised.

Not only does it have all of the new features from the PS4/XB1 version, including the new Neighborhood social feature, it runs on the same engine, too.

But there was something just a tiny bit off about the port, and it wasn't until I got confirmation from Visual Concepts that I realized what it was: NBA 2K18 on Switch runs in 30 FPS whether docked or undocked.

NBA 2K18 on the PS4

I responded by sharing the news on Twitter, and the comments have been rolling in ever since:

Others were more positive.

The debate has been going on in my Twitter feed all day, and fans seem thoroughly split on whether or not the drop in framerate is a deal breaker.

I have to say, though, it's pretty cool playing NBA 2K on a handheld system. And even if it doesn't match the framerate of FIFA 18 on the Switch, it definitely has it beat in terms of visuals and features.

So what do you think? Is 30fps too low for a sports game? Or are you willing to exchange 60fps for portability?

We'll get to see for ourselves how we feel when NBA 2K18 arrives on September 19. In the meantime, check out our guide to everything we know so far about NBA 2K18.

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Kat Bailey

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Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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