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The Outer Worlds (Switch): Software updates (latest update: Ver. 1.5)

On this page, you will find all there is to know about the Software updates for The Outer Worlds on Nintendo Switch (originally released on June 5th 2020 in Europe, North America, and Japan)!

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The Outer Worlds – Ver. 1.5

  • Release date: September 8th 2021 (North America, Europe) / September 9th 2021 (Japan)
  • Patch notes:

Bugs/Issues Addressed:

  • Fixed lip-syncing on quest NPCs.
  • Fixed an issue where the UI extended far down the right side of the screen during quest updates.
  • Fixed an issue where tooltips appear misaligned with the UI when viewing items in the inventory.
  • Fixed an issue where Captain Irion’s animation was corrupted.
  • Improved environments in Scylla, Monarch, and Stellar Bay.
  • Stability and backend improvements.

The Outer Worlds – Ver. 1.3

  • Release date: February 3rd 2021 (Europe, North America) / February 4th 2021 (Japan)
  • Patch notes:

Features Added

  • Players will now be able to trigger the DLC Peril on Gorgon after the content has been purchased and installed.

Bugs/Issues Addressed

  • Adjust level GC strategy
  • Adjust texture streaming strategy

The Outer Worlds – Ver. 1.2

  • Release date: October 21st 2020 (Europe, North America) / October 22nd 2020 (Japan)
  • Patch notes:

Features included in this update:

  • Implemented a half-resolution SSAO
  • Implemented Clouds in Skybox
  • Replace SSR with SphereReflectionCapture
  • Disabled subsurface profile shading
  • Added Depth of Field to Conversation Camera

Changes and Fixes included in this update:

  • Limited the max instance count for sounds to improve CPU performance
  • Adjusted the volume threshold for sounds to improve CPU performance
  • Packed textures to save memory
  • Optimized materials for the environment and terrain
  • Optimized and added more vegetation to the world
  • Added details to the world buildings
  • Used normal map textures instead of triangles for objects
  • Re-designed some buildings
  • Meshes rebuilt for improved visuals
  • Lightmap texture streaming rebuilt
  • Fixed character AI issues
  • Improved the streaming performance to fix the building dark issues players experienced and some texture blur issues

The Outer Worlds – Ver. ??? (Day One Update)

  • Release date: June 5th 2020 (Europe, North America, Japan)
  • Patch notes:

No patch notes available.

  • List of changes:
  • provides gameplay optimizations
  • provides additional hi-res textures
  • provides various other fixes

How to download updates for The Outer Worlds for the Nintendo Switch?

To download the updates for The Outer Worlds, you have three options:

  • let the console do its thing if you have automatic downloads activated, and didn’t completely turn it off

If not…

  • try to launch the game from the Home Menu while being connected to the internet. You should get a prompt when doing so: simply follow the instructions on screen;


  • select the game > press either + or – to go to the Options page > select Software update > select Via the Internet.

To check that you have the latest version installed, simply select the game on the Home Menu, and press – or + to go to the Options: the version number is displayed just below the game title.


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