Watch 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' played in 4K

Shawn Knight

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an incredibly gorgeous game, even on Nintendo’s modestly-powered Switch console (and the dated Wii U). As some dedicated coders have shown, however, the game can look far better if you have access to faster hardware… like, a high-end gaming PC.

The above clip was created using the latest version of a Wii U emulator called CEMU. Here, we see Breath of the Wild running in full 4K (3,840 x 2,160) on an Intel Core i7-6700K, 16GB of RAM and a GeForce GTX 1070 GPU.

As Ars Technica highlights, you’ll also need some community-made graphics packs and will probably need to spend some time tinkering with various settings to dial things in. But given enough time and the right hardware, you should be able to emulate (no pun intended) the results seen in the video in a legal manner.

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TS Evangelist
It would be nice if the Wii U emulator would allow you to play off of Wii U Game discs you already own.


IT Overlord
It looks a little clearer but that's about it.
Graphics are about more then just polygon counts and high resolutions, and Nintendo knows this.


TS Maniac
Niice. I think I'll wait a few more weeks/months. Looking very good, though. Can't wait to play on my pc. Too bad I can't buy it for PC, wish I could.


My brother who is playing this game pointed out to me how similar it is to Rise of the Tomb Raider in a lot of ways, he makes an interesting point!


TS Special Forces
I own this game on the Switch but would really like to play it on my PC. I just hope I can get used to aiming with just a regular controller now that I've gotten used to aiming with Switch's gyro based aiming. Also, the 900p resolution is very obvious when playing on a large TV. Though it looks okay I always feel like it should look a bit better.