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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild shines in 8K emulation with ray tracing enabled

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild could look a lot more arresting if it ran on a more powerful console. (Image source: Digital Dreams)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild could look a lot more arresting if it ran on a more powerful console. (Image source: Digital Dreams)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild remains one of the most beautiful games even four years after its release. However, the Nintendo Switch's limited power holds the game back, from its resolution to its often low framerates. However, a new video now shows how the triple-A title could look if it had been paired with more powerful hardware, or hardware that is capable of playing it in 8K with ray tracing enabled.
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Undoubtedly, the Wii U, Switch and Switch Lite will not always be the only official ways to play Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo has a habit of remastering games for newer consoles, so we will probably see Breath of the Wild running on more powerful Nintendo hardware within the next decade or so. There are rumours about Nintendo releasing an updated Switch soon too that may even support NVIDIA DLSS.

Until then, Digital Dreams has shown what Breath of the Wild looks like in 8K with ray tracing enabled. The YouTuber has recorded their footage on a high-end PC, although they have not disclosed which components they have used. Nonetheless, we do know that they used the Cemu emulator with Reshade, or the (Pascal Gilcher) RayTraced Global Illumination shader to be precise.

Unsurprisingly, Breath of the Wild looks exceptional at such a high resolution. Lighting looks more realistic and textures are sharper, for example, which is a considerable improvement on playing Breath of the Wild in the Switch's handheld mode. The game appears to have a more stable framerate, albeit with the downside of texture pop-in. Digital Dreams has published a guide for setting up Breath of the Wild on Cemu with Reshade and ray tracing enabled too, which you can follow here.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-03-20 (Update: 2021-03-20)