Looks like Epic Games aren’t too keen on allowing Video Capture to affect Fortnite Battle Royale’s performance on Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo Switch players were playing the brand new Fortnite Battle Royale patch v5.40, which not only added the Suppressed Assault Rifle, but vaulted the widely-used Drum Gun; in playing the update, some gamers noticed that the Video Capture button no longer worked.
One user, u/FairyTrainerLaura, posted an image of the notification on Switch that was displayed when the Video Capture button was pressed on the controller – referring to it as a possible bug. There was no sign of this in the patch notes for the update.
Many in the comments of the original Reddit post believed it may have been a bug, with one user citing the fact that the Nintendo Switch had separate components by Nvidia for video recording designed to not hinder performance, so there was no reason to deliberately remove the feature.
However, Epic Games’ Fortnite Community Co-Ordinator Sean Hamilton took to r/NintendoSwitch, the console’s subreddit, to address the situation.
“You may have noticed we’ve disabled the Video Capture feature on Nintendo Switch as of the v5.40.2 client update. This was done for performance and stability reasons as we’ve been seeing a high rate of Out of Memory related crashes. Disabling this feature saves a significant amount of RAM while also having a positive effect on overall performance across the board.”
He then mentioned that Epic Games were considering an option for players who want to record their gameplay but don’t mind an affect on game performance.
We’ll have to see when Epic Games decide to bring back the feature, or fix the performance issues that come with it. They have since updated the Patch Notes, as it was not originally included.