Nintendo Switch OLED model comes out in October

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How much will the switch OLED cost?

The Nintendo Switch OLED Model will cost $349.99 USD. ShacknewsNintendo Switch OLED price, release date, pre-order, and specs

Is the switch OLED the switch pro?

Nintendo Switch (OLED) is a new model in the Nintendo Switch family. The upgraded console, previously dubbed as the 'Switch Pro' before the announcement, will feature a larger 7-inch OLED screen, a wider adjustable base stand, enhanced audio, 64GB of internal storage, and a wired LAN port in the dock. IGNNintendo Switch OLED Model: Release Date, Preorders, FAQ, Specs, and More

The 7-inch screen is slightly bigger than the regular Switch model's 6.2- and the Switch Lite's 5.5-inch LCD screens, but the new model's organic light-emitting diode display will offer more vivid colors and crisp contrast. It also features a wide adjustable stand (compared to the original model's flimsy kickstand), a new dock with a wired LAN port, 64 gigabytes of internal storage and "enhanced audio for handheld and tabletop play."

It offers the same 4.5- to 9-hour battery life as the regular Switch (the Lite lasts 3 to 7 hours), and uses the same Nvidia Custom Tegra processor. It weighs 0.93 pound (420 grams) with Joy-Cons attached, compared to the regular model's 0.88 pound and the Switch Lite's 0.61 pound.

Nintendo's reveal mostly lines up with a Bloomberg report from earlier this year, but is missing one feature -- the ability to output at 4K to a compatible TV when docked.

UK and Australian prices weren't announced, but $350 converts to about £255 or AU$465.

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The upgraded machine – which many had taken to calling the 'Switch Pro' when it was being rumoured ahead of this announcement – features a larger 7-inch OLED screen (but the size of the console is unchanged from the base Switch model), a wider, adjustable base stand, enhanced audio, 64GB of internal storage, and a wired LAN port in the dock.

Contrary to previous reports, the new model doesn't appear to offer 4K TV output, or improve performance. The new OLED screen, while providing an improved picture contrast, remains a 1280x720 resolution screen. Battery life remains the same as the improved base Switch model from 2019, at an estimated 4.5-9 hours.

Existing Switch docks, Joy-Cons, and other accessories will remain compatible with the new OLED model. The new Switch dock is also compatible with older Switch models, including its wired LAN port.

The new Switch has been timed to release on the same day as Metroid Dread, but no bundle has yet been announced. The trailer for the new model (above) shows yet-to-be released games like Metroid Dread, the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel, and Splatoon 3, but all footage appears to be pre-existing.

Despite saying that it was focusing on existing Switch models, and saying it wouldn't announce a new model 'anytime soon' in February, reports continuously emerged about a new model of the hybrid console. We'd previously heard that the upgraded model would come with a larger screen and 4K output, and that it would offer improved graphics, support Nvidia DLSS, and would come in at a higher price point. It remains to be seen whether another new model is on the way.

Nintendo had a record-breaking year in 2020, driven by huge sales of Switch and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and is reportedly expecting to break that record again this year. That could be in part to do with the release of a new Switch, and getting existing owners to upgrade. The only impediment might be the ongoing global semiconductor shortage, which currently means Nintendo can't physically make enough Switch consoles.

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