How to preorder the new Nintendo Switch OLED

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CNET 07 July, 2021 - 10:45am 8 views

What is the Nintendo switch OLED?

The Nintendo Switch OLED edition is exactly that, a Nintendo Switch with a slightly bigger, brighter OLED screen as its main draw, combined with improved sound, larger base storage and a wired LAN port. ... The internals of this new Switch are identical to the current one, including the battery. ForbesWho Is The Nintendo Switch OLED Model For, Exactly?

Is the switch OLED the switch pro?

It's officially called the Nintendo Switch (OLED model), eschewing the rumoured Nintendo Switch Pro moniker. And it's quite an upgrade, offering a 7-inch OLED screen and enhanced audio. It will launch this October, nearly a year after the PS5 and Xbox Series X went on sale. What Hi-Fi?Nintendo Switch OLED: price, release date, specs and all the details

Can I preorder a Nintendo switch OLED?

Pre-order Nintendo Switch OLED Model in the US Product pages are now up on Best Buy and Gamestop, with the pre-orders due to become active soon. Nintendo LifeWhere To Pre-Order Nintendo Switch OLED Model

If you’ve been following Nintendo for any amount of time, it shouldn’t be surprising that the company isn’t really interested in joining a spcs race. Let Sony and Microsoft duke it out for 4K dominance — Nintendo can show there’s still plenty to love about games in 1080p and below. Sticking with the same hardware also means developers don’t have to worry about splitting the Switch user base, an issue that’s plagued Nintendo systems over the last few decades. (Was the New 3DS actually worth it?)

The global chip shortage may have foiled Nintendo’s plans to stuff better hardware in this Switch, as well. The system currently uses a custom version of NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 system-on-a-chip, which was quietly updated in 2019 to increase the console’s battery life. According to various reports, Nintendo was exploring docked 4K upscaling using NVIDIA’s DLSS technology, which uses AI processing to bump lower-resolution textures up to something that looks far sharper. But that technology would have required an updated Tegra chip that brought over some of the hardware from NVIDIA’s recent RTX GPUs. That’s not an impossible task, but it’s one that may have required more work than NVIDIA was able to accomplish during the hellscape of 2020 (at least, while keeping the final cost reasonable).

That doesn’t mean dreams of a 4K-capable Switch are dead; it’s just something we’ll have to wait a year or two to see. Nintendo would also need to add more RAM to the Switch so it could better handle the 1080p textures required for DLSS upscaling. That’s not easy to do with the system’s meager 4GB of RAM, so a future console would need 6GB or 8GB. And don’t forget, Nintendo also needs to balance delivering solid battery life with the Switch in handheld mode, so it needs to be careful about shoving in demanding new hardware.

For owners of the original Switch, or newcomers to the platform, this OLED model still seems like an enticing upgrade. The larger screen makes the system look more modern, with less of a chunky display bezel. OLED will also make games look dramatically better, especially while playing outside in direct sunlight. There’s also a wider kickstand, similar to the one of the Microsoft Surface tablets, which should make portable play a lot more stable. There’s also 64GB of internal storage, up from 32GB, and “enhanced audio,” which could just refer to better speakers. Nintendo isn’t getting very specific there.

And if you’re really into online multiplayer, you’ll likely appreciate the Ethernet port built into the OLED Switch’s dock. (And if that’s the main draw for you, Nintendo says the dock is also compatible with the old Switch models.) Due to the larger screen, though, Nintendo says the OLED Switch may run into issues with some Labo kits and other games.

I get it, $350 is a lot to shell out for a slightly better Switch. That’s particularly true when you can get the disc-less PlayStation 5 for $399, or the full PS5 and Xbox Series X for $499. But for Nintendo diehards, the improvements are definitely tempting. Just don’t be surprised if the company ends up dropping the 4K-capable Switch during the 2022 holiday season.

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I’d take a Dell UFO or SteamPal over the Nintendo Switch OLED

TrustedReviews 08 July, 2021 - 03:43pm

However, it wasn’t the 4K, supercharged Nintendo Switch Pro many, including the team of tech and gaming experts at Trusted Labs, were expecting.

Instead, it was a halfway house Nintendo Switch OLED.

The new Switch has a slightly reworked stand, double the internal storage and a larger screen that ditches LCD for OLED.

Don’t get me wrong, these changes are awesome and will hopefully offer a much better gaming experience – though we can’t confirm this until we get one into Trusted Labs for testing.

In our experience, OLED tech offers much deeper blacks, better contrast and generally more dynamic picture quality than LCD, especially when it’s set up correctly.

But for me, as a PC gamer, the console misses the mark in a few key ways and showcases what in my mind are the biggest weaknesses with Nintendo’s current strategy.

For starters, because Nintendo doesn’t want the console to cost too much, it hasn’t refreshed any of the important internals, like the GPU or CPU. Considering the fact the Nvidia Tegra chip used was already close to retirement when the Switch first launched, this is a little disappointing.

It’s also likely a key reason the OLED model doesn’t have a variable refresh rate, or the ability to run games in 4K at all. In our experience the Tegra-powered Switch struggles to play some modern games at over 30fps in 720p, so 4K is definitely beyond it.

I get that Nintendo’s not interested in getting into a tech arms race with Microsoft and Sony, but even a minor performance bump would have been nice and there are other avenues Nintendo could have gone down to do this without new silicon.

Think about 5G, for example. We’ve already seen numerous great game streaming services including Microsoft Games Pass, GeForce Now and Stadia run smoothly on the UK’s 5G network, which at its peak can offer gigabit per second speeds that are more than fast enough to stream AAA games. Why not add a sim card option to let the Switch do the same? Qualcomm reportedly plans too…

This is especially damning when you look at all the great Switch-like devices we’ve seen appear over the last few years. The Dell Alienware UFO Concept remains an exciting idea to this day, especially when you look at what’s happening in the CPU and GPU markets at the moment.

Both AMD and Nvidia have started releasing awesome mobile chips that from our experience testing some of 2021’s best gaming laptops are more than efficient and powerful enough to run in small form factor devices.

However, this would admittedly this would likely be a custom job for the manufacturer to actually get them running in something shaped like a Switch. If Intel delivers on even a third of its XE graphics promises, this could make things even easier for hardware developers.

Then there’s the advent of Windows 11, an OS that is lighter than Windows 10 and has a wealth of gaming and Xbox features that could make it THE best iteration of the OS for gamers in the firm’s history.

Putting that aside, you then have rumblings of Valve working on its own Switch clone, the SteamPal. Valve still owns and runs one of the biggest and most diverse gaming libraries on the planet. As a PC gamer with multiple generations of consoles worth of titles on Steam, having a portable machine with access to them is very appealing.

There’s so much cutting-edge technology available these days that could be incredibly beneficial for a handheld console, yet Nintendo has chosen to snub it all besides an OLED panel. It’s because of this that I can’t help but feel Nintendo’s new Switch OLED is a minor disappointment, and indicative of a wider problem with the gaming company’s long term strategy.

The number of times the screen refreshes itself per second.

‘Framerate per second’ indicates how many images are shown within one second. The higher this figure, the smoother in-game motion will appear. Powerful discrete GPUs are far more likely to offer higher framerates compared to integrated graphics housed inside processors.

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