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Rumour: 3DS Firmware Update Improves Framerate Of Existing Games

Rayman, Ridge Racer and Sonic among the games apparently now running much faster, without patches...

Interesting discussion emerging this morning suggesting that the latest Nintendo 3DS firmware update has dramatically improved the performance of a number of existing games – some old, some new – without individual patches.

Something like this happened on the PSP, when the processor was allowed to run at its native speed rather than being underclocked, but users are reporting much better speeds with games like Rayman 3D, Ridge Racer 3D and Sonic Generations.

It’s not every game, sadly, according to the somewhat anecdotal references going around this morning, but there are some games that are seemingly much smoother to play now, including the recent Kingdom Hearts release and Luigi’s Mansion 2.

Nintendo told us they “don’t comment on rumour and speculation”.

  1. Peter Chapman
    Team TSA: Editor
    Since: Forever

    I always think it’s weird that a console wasn’t running at top speed when it was released. I wonder if there’s some sort of optimisation in the way it deals with memory or if it’s simply a case of switching off underclocking like the PSP?

    Comment posted on 11/04/2013 at 10:42.
    • KeRaSh
      Since: Nov 2009

      The first thing I think of in such cases is that the power was held back due to heat management reasons. I’m sure there are some nifty optimizations thrown in for good measure but I don’t know nearly enough about hardware and how it interacts with different components so it’s all just guesswork on my end. :)

      Comment posted on 11/04/2013 at 10:48.
      • Person678
        BOOM! Headshot!
        Since: Jan 2009

        Yeah, I remember someone from Sony saying about the Vita they ‘could’ run it at a much higher clock than it does, but that then it would melt your hands and the battery would last 5 minutes. I guess they just eventually figure out how to optimize it well enough that there’s no noticeable increase in heat, so they can bump up the clock.

        Comment posted on 11/04/2013 at 13:35.
  2. Owendarko
    Since: Nov 2009

    Well seems like a good thing, if true! Loving Luigis Mansion 2.

    Comment posted on 11/04/2013 at 10:53.
  3. Kennykazey
    Since: Mar 2010

    I’m guessing it’s like updating the driver for a graphics card in a PC. It would be cool to get something like this for the PS3 or Vita, although it does mean that the system hasn’t been fully utilised. But over the course of a consoles life cycle, new techniques are invented and a driver update could improve performance with these.

    Comment posted on 11/04/2013 at 13:18.
  4. Dom El
    Since: Mar 2012

    Is this an update that’s live now? Just tried my 3DS and it said I’m up to date still.

    Comment posted on 11/04/2013 at 20:17.
    • Alex C
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Yeah, about 5 days ago I think.

      Comment posted on 11/04/2013 at 22:10.
      • Dom El
        Since: Mar 2012

        Maybe it updated itself in sleep mode? Not even sure whether 3DS’s do that! Otherwise I’ve somehow done it without realising!

        Comment posted on 12/04/2013 at 03:26.

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