Nintendo Announces Nintendo Switch (OLED model) With a Vibrant 7-inch OLED Screen, Launching Oct. 8

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Business Wire 06 July, 2021 - 08:05am 41 views

On Oct. 8, Nintendo Switch (OLED model), which has a vibrant 7-inch OLED screen with vivid colors and crisp contrast, will launch at a suggested retail price of $349.99, giving people another option for how they want to play the vast library of games on Nintendo Switch. (Photo: Business Wire)

On Oct. 8, Nintendo Switch (OLED model), which has a vibrant 7-inch OLED screen with vivid colors and crisp contrast, will launch at a suggested retail price of $349.99, giving people another option for how they want to play the vast library of games on Nintendo Switch. (Photo: Business Wire)

On Oct. 8, Nintendo Switch (OLED model), which has a vibrant 7-inch OLED screen with vivid colors and crisp contrast, will launch at a suggested retail price of $349.99, giving people another option for how they want to play the vast library of games on Nintendo Switch. It joins Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite as the newest member of the Nintendo Switch family of systems. (Photo: Business Wire)

Nintendo Switch (OLED model) has a similar overall size to the Nintendo Switch system, but with a larger, vibrant 7-inch OLED screen with vivid colors and crisp contrast. The system also features a wide adjustable stand for tabletop mode, a new dock with a wired LAN port, 64GB of internal storage, and enhanced audio for handheld and tabletop play. (Photo: Business Wire)

Nintendo Switch (OLED model) has a similar overall size to the Nintendo Switch system, but with a larger, vibrant 7-inch OLED screen with vivid colors and crisp contrast. (Photo: Business Wire)

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Nintendo Switch family of systems is about to gain a new member. On Oct. 8, Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will launch at a suggested retail price of $349.99, giving people another option for how they want to play the vast library of games on Nintendo Switch. Click here to view the video announcing the new system.

TV mode: Set the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) system into the dock to play Nintendo Switch games on the TV. By using the built-in wired LAN port, players can enjoy another way to connect online in TV mode.

Tabletop mode: Flip the stand on the back of the system and use the system’s screen to play multiplayer games using two Joy-Con controllers right out of the box. A wide adjustable stand makes for a solid and sturdy foundation. It allows players to freely tilt the system and adjust the viewing angle, so it makes it easier to see the screen.

Handheld mode: Players can bring the system wherever they go in handheld mode and play local* or online** multiplayer with friends. The system’s 7-inch OLED screen provides vivid color and crisp contrast.

** Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online.

*** Nintendo Switch system (OLED model) is compatible with the full library of Nintendo Switch games. However, the system will not cleanly fit within all the design parameters of the Nintendo Labo series. There may also be games where the game experience may differ due to the new capabilities of the console, such as the larger screen size.

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On Oct. 8, Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will launch at a suggested retail price of $349.99.

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PSA: Remember To Update Your Joy-Con, As Well As Your Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Life 06 July, 2021 - 09:00am

Controller updates arrive with Version 12.1.0

Nintendo has rolled out Version 12.1.0 for the Switch and as you might have already heard, it allows you to delete old software data to download new data. This update also comes with a bunch of stability improvements.

Since this update has gone live, users have also noticed a new update has been issued for the Switch Joy-Con controllers. As usual, Nintendo hasn't said what exactly it does.

Here's how you can perform this update:

1) From the Home menu, choose 'System Settings'. Then choose 'Controllers and Sensors' from the left-hand side.

2) Scroll down to 'Update Controllers', press it, and let the console do its thing.

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It really seems dumb that we have to do this.

@sketchturner Meh, I have to update various parts of my computer all the time. Including my mouse, keyboard and headset firmware. The smarter tech gets, the more they need these updates to smooth out bugs and improve interactions.

@sketchturner You're living in a world where products are no longer seen as complete. What else did you expect? We'll never see that non-updatable complete world ever again.

@sketchturner agreed 100% this is stupid

@WolfyTn Chances are someone will datamine this firmware and find that it'll have some Switch Pro feature plan for it. Nintendo doesn't just update it for nothing.

Can't wait for the day where I have to update my toothbrush.

Joy-Cons only or is the update for the Pro Controller also?

@HotGoomba Wait for it....In a few decades, people will have personal computers implanted into their brains.

It is ill advised that anyone perform this update until Nintendo explains what it intends to address.

@Tyranexx more like a few years.

@HotGoomba I downloaded the update for my underwear last night. They no longer drift!

@Pirate1 The drifting is 100% hardware related. No firmware update is going to stop it.

But will it brake the drift?

@Ghost_of_Hasashi At least the attached joycons should get updated automatically, without the need to go to a menu and manually do it. For newly attached joycons, the system should detect the firmware and update accordingly.

@Chowdaire What's the fun of life without some drifting underwear?

Ah the good old no joy cons. Haven't used them in years cos of Tokyo Drift.

@vio Not true. A firmware update could mitigate/stop drift.

@Ghost_of_Hasashi I have a feeling it may be related to Skyward Sword HD in order to replicate the 1:1 motion controls found in the original version of the game. The game does come out next week, after all.

Why dont they just automatically update when connected to the system? This still baffles me

@Hordak Don't forget Pokeball Plus.... Not checked yet as Mrs TTBH is playing xbox Fortnite...

@sketchturner Welcome to the world of wireless communication. 🙈

No update for pro controller or pokeball.

Before complaining about something you don't understand try to educate yourself first on it.

@Ghost_of_Hasashi nah things nowdays are just more complex and as you add more layers they require more fine tuning. Plus everyone is impatient for the game, item, or that pay check so in sense both could be right 🤷

The joy cons get more updates than the pro controller for some odd reason. I only remember doing 1 pro controller update.

@Tyranexx if it was now, it would explain how some people are slow thinkers, because they forget to update.

That Joy-Con cocktail looks delicious... and hella expensive.

people complaining that they're updating the firmware as if it's huge deal. takes less than 10 seconds to do. oh boy hope they didn't put you out too much. put more effort into complaining about it than just doing it.

Let me guess: It fixes drift? Of course not!!

At the moment I just use my Hori split pad. That one has proper analogue sticks with hopefully better parts inside. The pad works fine, but is a little bit to big and to heavy for my tiny hands. But its better then endure all that awful drifting.

While the process is a bit clunky on Switch, I'm not sure I get the upset here.

Things change, functionality can be updated, bugs can be erased and security of systems can be patched.

The so called good old days of 'complete' kit had little to no internet connectivity, no way of fixing problems that arose after manufacture and everything was simpler anyway.

As for the questions about fixing drift, it is very likely impossible to do that with a software update. The sticks supposedly drift because the hardware degrades and starts sending erroneous commands to the system. If there was a way for the system to filter out erroneous commands then I guess maybe you could do something in software but that seems super unlikely.

This is a hardware issue and it needs a hardware revision.

@stuntz0rZ the pro controller is already perfect

@Brummieendo90 What? No it isn't. The D-pad is an abomination.

The amount of games of Tetris 99 ruined by that thing is ridiculous.

@Hordak I plugged it in via USB and selected update controllers and it said it was up to date. Assuming I did it right then it doesn't look like it.

My cousin, a few friends and myself have narrowed down the drift. We are all on our third pair OR MORE of Joycons. We have found if you never press in the sticks (to run, jump, etc) they last infinitely longer. We play a lot of FPS and other games where you hold the left stuck down and press up at the same time to run. Doing this the sticks almost always had drift within the first six months to a year. When we remapped the run (left stick click) to the shoulder buttons we've now been DRIFT FREE for over a year! When you click the sticks and press (as many have seen when they take apart the device) up the connections between the sticks gets eaten up and goes bad. My cousin is a professional gamer and he also experienced this with Xbox one controllers to a lesser extent. The range of motion in the switch controllers is just shorter and smaller which is why it happens more often on the switch. He was able to just about eliminate drift on his switch joycons and pro controllers by making the change. Just thought I'd post to help anyone else who might have these issues. I mean the fact that Nintendo hasn't done anything to fix this on a hardware level is insane as they are the hardware kings.

@Yarec123 you have to temporarily switch it in settings to use the usb cable (I think, from memory), but no there was no update.

I too am so surprised they haven’t fixed this issued a recall or done anything about it. Crazy.

I wonder if this will fix the drift on my four month old Dual Shock 4 controller, too. Worth a shot, right?

Update your breakfast! Muffin 1.01, Kix(berry berry)ver.2.3, Milk mod .5, OJ(organic og version yellow.)

@Galactus_33 I can replace a stick in a joy-con in about 10-15 minutes now and for a few £ rather than the price of a full joy-con replacement.

I have an 8-bitdo for my Switch. I use the standard Pro controller for 3d games because I prefer the analogue stick to the 8bitdo but 2d and puzzlers etc are much better with the 8bit d-pad - it is near perfect.

@HotGoomba Honestly, at the rate we're going...probably! XD

@carlosmaestre Perhaps. Or they contracted some malware!

I look forward to the day I can't flush my toilet until I update the firmware /s

@The_New_Butler It sounds like your really like the 8-bitdo pad. How long have you had it? I like it, but I always shy away from 3rd party controllers, because the quality is just never as good as it needs to be. TIA!

@Footloose well, the "stability" updates are normally just them trying to catch people with custom filmware the details of which they don't give to the public because they don't want to make it easy for the hackers. this time around they seem to have changed the master key so the hackers have yet to get all the details as far as i'm aware but will do so eventually as that is the nature of the tug of war with the big 3 video game company's on one end and homebrewers & pirates on the other.

well, my switch may not be homebrewed, but i'm still going to wait about a week to see what bugs show up

@Lone_Beagle it is very very good. If there is one annoyance it is the fact that it doesn't turn on the Switch like the Pro controller but other than that it is great.

Works as a PC controller too.

Definitely recommend and that's for the d-pad alone

@sketchturner Oh it sounds like such hardship.

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Nintendo Switch System Update 12.1.0 Is Now Live

Nintendo Life 06 July, 2021 - 09:00am

After last month's update was halted the day after its release, Nintendo has now Version 12.1.0 of the Switch system firmware.

This seems to be a minor patch - at least on face value. It allows Switch users to now delete old data for software, to make it easier to download newer data, and as usual, there are some general system stability improvements.

Here are the full patch notes, courtesy of Nintendo's official support page:

General system stability improvements have been made to enhance the user's experience.

Nintendo dataminer OatmealDome has shared some additional information about the latest update via Twitter:

"[Switch Firmware Update] 12.1.0 is out...Internally, every part of the OS was updated. Not sure which ones have real changes.

"It does appear Nintendo has introduced a new encryption master key (homebrewers: key 0B) in this update. Unfortunately, this might be blocking @ylws8bot from reading the update data since it doesn’t know the new encryption key, so more detailed analysis will have to wait."

Version 12.1.0 also includes a new update for the Switch Joy-Con controller. You can read more about how to perform this update in our other post.

[source en-americas-support.nintendo.com]

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My micro SD card stopped working a few days ago and haven’t I been able to play any switch games because of it, when I get my new microSd card this feature sounds pretty interesting

With great power, comes great stability.

What did it break this time?

Hope it fixes youtube app, the search function has been weird for a little while.

Hopefully it doesn't break anything this time. That download bug last time was quite annoying.

Thank god for this update. I was getting nervous my switch wasn't stable enough

wow, that really sounds stable. tell me more.😀

The new error code will be 2123-80085.

So does it fix the previous download issue?

Every time, I hope for eshop music. Every time a piece of me is torn apart. Make it opt in? Is there no joy in this mechanical hell?

The Nintendo Ninjas are so quick to assassinate that error it's almost like it never happen. Like I said before though my brother experience the dreaded error, I never did and the issue got resolve so quick that by the time I download Kazuya for Smash Bros. Ultimate I did not get hit by such an error.

I was worried over the lack of stability from last update, now all is right.

If this doesn’t allow custom themes then fk it idc.. seriously wtf is up with no switch customization.. I’d literally pay $10+ to get a Zelda background and icons on my Switch.. come on Nintendo

@Franklin I think it's intentional, a new feature - the keyboard displays over the app instead of opening a separate window, so what you type appears live

Folders..folders..and folders...how hard can it be...UGH..

@Longondo I liked the system music on the Wii

Folders, themes, eShop improvements. Note that this isn't version 13.0.0 we're getting.

Nintendo giving us more stability in a world that is unbalanced

Still not giving us folders though.

All I want is folders. Don't need themes, eShop is fine (though music would be nice), just give me some folders so it's easier to cycle through my now 100+ games.

@Would_you_kindly I actually have the wii system music burned onto a car CD.

After the debacle caused by the last update, I'm going to wait until Thursday before I update either of my Switches.

I feel like at this point in time we´re about 9 updates away from reaching ultimate stability.

After that last update all hell broke loose. Is it safe?

Also Nintendo we are four years into the switch life and no folders? Come on get it in gear!

I don't want a slow system, so I'm happy with no themes or folders.

Was that download error actually firmware related? Has that been confirmed?

I got the error without upgrading my firmware the last time, and the fix also did not require a new firmware download either, but was fixed server site.

My guess is, that it was more of a coincidence that this server bug at Nintendo happened at the same time of a new firmware rollout on the Switch?

The second they added themes to the 3DS, the menu load times tripled. I’m happy without. But I also still want them to add the option, just so everybody can stop moaning about it with every system update.

Yesterday I got a eerie feeling that my Switch was no longer stable. Thankfully Nintendo made my Switch stable again!

Came here to make sure the update was safe before I downloaded it this time.. 😅

@kingbk I'm with you there. Nintendo took ages to introduce Folders on the Wii and Wii-U and when it did everyone was full of praise for it. Why does Nintendo not see the value of this QoL improvement and have it as standard from day one? Never understood that.

Forget the so Win95 folders, organization by Metadata is the way!

As long as it doesn't mess up downloads again...

Nope not after the last update I'll wait a week too if there are any ground breaking bugs

It was supposed to fix it but it actually made it worse as a lot more people got it after uodate

Nintendo have been tight lipped at what caused the problem. So think initial problem probably wasn't related too a updated but the fix made it worse

Hopefully it won't cause download problems again.

Not yet downloading it. Waiting for feedback in case of any problem like latest update...

@sanderev I would take a system as sluggish as the Wii U if it just meant this $300 console had the features of a $300 console.

@Franklin probably didnt.

Youtube is the one that needs to fix their *****, the youtube app on my tv has been showing a lot of weirdness lately too, and for some reason it seems that youtube straight up just uses the TV app on the switch... Its awful.

Bit cautious about downloading updates after the last fiasco. Think I'll leave it a while this time.

I don’t understand the point about game data. Are my games taking up more space than they should be?

@dres No one had reported the issue prior to that update. While I can't say for certain the update itself was the reason, it is extremely likely.

I don't want an unstable console!! I NEED TO DOWNLOAD THIS PATCH IMMEDIATELY

@Rosona The Switch OS was designed to be minimalistic with only a 700KB size footprint. Adding music, large pictures and folders would only add a lot of memory usage to the OS. (compared to the base) So yeah, that WILL slow it down.

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Latest Switch System Update Allows Game Patching When Your Storage Is Full

PCMag 06 July, 2021 - 06:32am

Nintendo makes the process of game patching a bit more user-friendly.

The Nintendo Switch only includes 32GB of internal storage and some of that is reserved for the system, meaning a microSD card purchase is a must. But what if you've filled both the internal memory and your card when a game needs patching? The latest system update solves that problem.

As My Nintendo News reports, Nintendo has just released Version 12.1.0 of the Switch system software, and the following is listed as new functionality: "If there is not enough space remaining on the system memory (internal storage) or microSD card when downloading game software update data, you can now delete old data for that software, enabling you to download the new data."

So rather than a patch being unable to install, your Switch will allow the deletion of old data associated with the game to make room. Nintendo does point out that if you choose to do this, "you won't be able to play the game until the new data has finished downloading." Switch game patches don't take particularly long to install in my experience, so this is no great hardship. Other than that, Nintendo lists "general system stability improvements" as the only other patch notes, which is typically the catch-all for "we've fixed a number of bugs not worth detailing."

Version 12.1.0 was released yesterday and therefore should be available the next time you turn on your Switch. In most cases it will have been downloaded automatically while in sleep mode, but you can easily check in the System Settings menu whether a new update is waiting to be installed.

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