It’s only the end of January, but Palworld has already emerged as an unquestionable hit and one of the biggest shocks of 2024. Apart from smashing all sales and popularity records, Pocketpair’s development is distinguished by another element: the game is incredibly unfinished.
Which, then, shouldn’t come as a surprise given that the game was released as part of Steam’s Early Access program, which Xboxes refer to as the Game Preview system. This allows us to appreciate Palworld in spite of its very apparent technological issues. Naturally, Pocketpair intends to grow its work in collaboration with the community, and they have sold over 8 million copies, so they can’t grumble about a lack of funding.
And there is a lot of work on Palworld, because, as it turns out, after analyzing the project by Digital Foundry, this year’s first hit of the independent scene is in really “very” early access. Apart from numerous code errors, the game has major graphical problems. None of the consoles can maintain the promised 60 frames per second, and on Xbox One S, which is still used by millions of players, Palworld is literally unplayable, as it only offers 15 to a maximum of 35 frames per second, which is too much for an action-oriented game. unacceptable. Interestingly, the best-performing console in the entire package is Xbox Series S, but the smoothness is due to terrible textures and a resolution locked at 720p, which is quite a poor solution for a console with 4 TFlops. Let’s hope, however, that the cash injection will allow us to develop the game and bring it to a nice state for its full launch.
- Xbox Series X – 1620p, 30-60 fps
- Xbox Series S – 720p, 40-60 fps
- Xbox One X – 1080p, 30-60 fps
- Xbox One S – 540p, 15-35 fps