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Players have a fix for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet's performance issues

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet performance issues have some wishing that the latest in the monster-catching RPG series had been delayed a bit longer, but one fan may have found a temporary fix to the games’ many woes (thanks GamesRadar). Chief among the problems is a persistent issue where the games just don’t load their assets right away, resulting in delayed pop-in and odd situations such as not recognizing a Pokemon mount, so it looks like your character is flying through the air while sitting down.

One fan, infamous Pokemon leaker CentroPokemon, believes many of these problems stem from a substantial memory leak issue. Memory leak occurs when a system fails to release data that is no longer needed and clogs up the RAM, which can no longer load new assets efficiently.

CentroPokemon said if you reset your game – save, close the software, and then restart it – after entering a town, where most of these issues start happening, it temporarily fixes the problem. It will inevitably occur again, but resetting should resolve the memory leak issue again for a time.

What it likely won’t fix are the bugs causing crashes and freezes, which are also plaguing players and seem to occur more frequently when weather effects are active or when a Pokemon is evolving.

Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have yet to acknowledge Scarlet and Violet’s performance issues, so whether the development team has a patch to fix some or all of these issues remains uncertain at this point.

Written by Josh Broadwell on behalf of GLHF

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