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
07 July, 2021 - 12:39pm
Nintendo Switch is coming with some new features and improvements over the basic Switch. It will go on sale by the end of 2021, and as per the reports, it will be available in two color options. All the previous Nintendo Switch games will be compatible with the latest Nintendo Switch (OLED Model), and will also support the Joy-Con controller. The upcoming Nintendo OLED model will be having a bigger screen size, and almost no bezels. It will also come with increased storage capacity compared to the original Nintendo Switch.
The OLED model of Nintendo Switch will go on sale later this year at a price point of $349.99, and buyers will have two color options to choose from, namely, white and neon red. The White color will come along with white Joy-Con controllers, a Black main unit, along a White dock. On the other hand, the Neon Red set will come along with a Neon Red Joy-Con controller, a Black main unit, as well as a Black dock. The new Nintendo Switch will go on sale from October 8 in some selected regions of the US, however, there isn’t any information available, from when it will be available in the Indian market.
Compared to the new Nintendo Switch, the older one was launched in 2017 at a price point of $299.99, which’s almost $80 cheaper. It was available in Neon Red and Neon Blue color along with Grey Joy-Con controllers. Unfortunately, the original Nintendo Switch is also yet not launched in India, but it’s still available for sale on various online retailers. Looking at this, it won’t be surprising to find out that the new Nintendo Switch also doesn’t make it to the Indian market, officially.
There are many noticeable improvements in the new Nintendo Switch over the original one. The new Nintendo Switch has a screen size of 7 inch OLED, whereas the older Nintendo Switch has a 6.2 inch LCD screen. Both products are the same in terms of display resolution, i.e. 1280×720 pixels. The new Nintendo Switch comes with an Nvidia custom Tegra processor which 64 GB of internal space. Most importantly, it can be expanded up to 2TB using, microSDHC, and microSDXC cards.
Now, users get the option of a wired LAN port in the new update. The new model will also be coming with a 3.5 mm headphone jack along with a USB type-c port. The battery capacity remains the same, i.e. 4310 mAh, which can provide up to nine hours of usage. The old Nintendo switch weights lighter than the new one. The old one weighs 399 grams, whereas the new one weighs 421 grams.
Nintendo has also done some improvements with the kickstand. The new Nintendo Switch comes with a revamped kickstand which looks very much similar to Microsoft Surface Pro.
It isn’t that the new Nintendo Switch is coming along with everything positive, there are a couple of flaws that Nintendo still need to address. First off, Nintendo is still not ready for the 4K gaming support. The new OLED model provides 1080p output on television and 720p handheld.
Another major aspect in which Nintendo is lacking behind is its Bluetooth connectivity. Even in the year 2021, Nintendo products not compatible with Bluetooth headphones, and it’s among the major drawback of Nintendo.
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07 July, 2021 - 12:31pm
An OLED Screen And Improved Stand for the Nintendo Switch RELATED: The Master Sword May Need to be Reforged in Breath of the Wild 2
The most front-facing improvement is that of the system receiving an upgrade to its display. While earlier models of the Switch utilized an LCD display, this new model includes an OLED one, promising “vivid colors and crisp contrast” while playing in handheld mode. Before this new Switch’s unveiling, the PlayStation Vita was the last major handheld to use an OLED display, and to this day, the screen still makes certain Vita games look pretty solid, even on 10-year-old hardware. Fortunately, it looks like the new Switch model will include an entirely new stand that folds out from behind the handheld, and spans the entire length of the system; Switch owners can even adjust the angle at which the device is propped up. This looks like a significant improvement from the unreliable kickstand onboard current Switch consoles, and it should make setting the system up on a coffee table or an airplane tray table a more attractive option.
The Nintendo Switch has had a built-in kickstand from the get-go, but using it can be a rather arduous task. For starters, it’s difficult to even get it out, and since it’s only located on one side of the system, it doesn’t do a particularly great job of keeping the Switch propped upright. The tiniest bump can knock the handheld off-balance, and no one wants their Switch to take a tumble. The Switch OLED’s LAN Port, Internal Storage, And Onboard Speakers
With how large games are nowadays, the Nintendo Switch’s storage size has been the target of much scrutiny. The original model only had 32 gigabytes of onboard storage space, and certain games like the Witcher 3 or Mortal Kombat 11 are capable of taking up most, if not all, of that by themselves. Micro SD cards can remedy this issue, but unless one goes out and drops a pretty penny on a large-sized one, it’s probably only a matter of time before that storage space fills up again. The Nintendo Switch’s online capabilities are sometimes questionable, especially when it comes to some of the console’s larger titles. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, notably, is fairly laggy over a wireless connection, and it’s often advised players make use of a hardwired ethernet connection. There’s only one problem: The Switch doesn’t have a native ethernet port, so the only solution, for a while, was for players to go out and purchase an ethernet adapter. Owners of this new Switch model won’t have to worry about that, as the system’s dock will include a built-in ethernet port for wired connections, meaning there’s one less extra peripheral to purchase for the hybrid console.
RELATED: October is Going to Be Huge for Nintendo Switch Fans The original Nintendo Switch’s speakers weren’t bad, but they weren’t particularly great, either. While the specifics aren’t quite clear on how the audio will be improved, the fact that the speakers will be getting a bump is exciting, as it demonstrates a focus on enhancing the Nintendo Switch’s handheld experience through both visual and auditory means. At 64 GB of internal storage, the OLED Switch model will have double the amount of storage as its progenitor. It’s not the perfect fix for the Switch’s storage issues, but this at least means that games like the NBA 2K series, the latest which takes up a whopping 37 GB on Nintendo’s handheld, can be run on the system without the need to purchase a Micro SD card.
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07 July, 2021 - 12:25pm
With the announcement and release date of the new Nintendo Switch OLED version yesterday, you may be asking if Nintendo made it 4K. Well, unfortunately, this is not the powerhouse system that was rumored for so long and does not support 4K natively. Nintendo was relatively silent around the rumors regarding the potential upgrade and the announcement yesterday confirms why they were so quiet. While the new Nintendo Switch OLED has some new features, it is far from an upgrade to the current tech and instead should be viewed more as a side-grade if anything. Why even waste time releasing this version then? Well, there is one major reason that I can think of.
While many games media journalists and consumers alike are scratching their heads over why Nintendo would make a move like this, most electronic companies actually follow this exact method. Whether the limiting factor is the cost or lack of new ideas, companies like Apple, Lenovo, and Nvidia release new versions of their existing hardware with just a few tweaks to make them slightly better. Nintendo at the end of the day is a large tech company that happens to be focused in the Video Game Industry.
To that end, in the past, Nintendo has seen extreme success from their side-grades when it comes to handheld systems. A great example was the 3DS, 3DS XL, and 2DS. By offering a wider variety of versions at different price points (and mostly the same innards), they can produce all of these en masse and increase their installation base (number of people who own the system) which will lead to more software sales. Let’s be honest, you have a version of the 3DS in your house somewhere right? The switch is no different. As OLED display prices drop, the incentive to include it on a device allowed Nintendo to add its third product to the switch line. Think of the Nintendo Switch OLED as the 3DS XL of the switch family. As of March, the 3DS family of systems has shipped 75.94 million times. That’s a dang good side-grade game.
So, yeah, the reason is money. However, this side-grade does add a little more of what fans have been asking for since the original switch launched, outside of fixing one major issue.
The main selling point of the Nintendo Switch OLED version is its larger 7″ OLED display. Attack of the Fanboy gave a rundown on what OLED is but I’ll give a very quick dummy-proof breakdown as well. The current version of the Nintendo Switch has a 6.2″ LCD touch screen. LCD pixels are illuminated by a single backlight within the display. OLED pixels, on the other hand, emit their own backlight individually. This allows OLED to achieve more granular control on images and tends to not be as bright but provides a higher contrast on images. The best way to think of this is when you see a TV where the blacks are more grey than black, it’s more than likely an LCD. An OLED TV will have deeper blacks and more vibrant colors which really make images pop. So, Nintendo packing all that into a smaller scale device, with touch-enabled, is a nice change for this version but cinephiles agree LCD vs OLED really is more of a preference thing. Hence, more of a sidegrade.
Two huge complaints from fans who bought the original Nintendo switch have been the low storage space on the base system as well as the lack of built-in ethernet support. Forcing players to buy an SD card to fit a game onto their core system was a big mistake by Nintendo. Luckily, they appear to have listened to the complaints and have doubled the flash memory from 32GB to 64GB. While still not a lot of space, it’s a nice adjustment. Regarding the built-in ethernet support, they solved that issue as well. The new dock sports an ethernet port so you will no longer have to buy the adapter to do so and should allow for smoother games of Smash Ultimate. The most egregious issue plaguing the Nintendo Switch and other current-gen consoles, however, has not been fixed. You know which one…
I don’t know. Maybe it’s just not solvable or the industry is refusing to address it, but there was no mention of any Joy-Con revisions to remedy the constant drift issue. I’ve personally burned through eight Joy-Cons (four pairs) on my partner and my switch systems. I’ve been forced to slap the stick like a madman whenever Mario starts walking off into the distance on his own and it’s a real dang problem. While I can definitely say all the other additions are a plus, this may make it or break it for you if you’re looking into the new Nintendo Switch OLED version. So, unfortunately, unless they have a surprise direct before the system launch regarding this, it doesn’t look like Joy-Con drift will be solved any time soon.
All in all, I think the Nintendo Switch OLED version is a decent revision for what has proven to be one of the best gaming consoles ever made in my opinion. While it isn’t as powerful as the Xbox Series X|S or the PS5, I can’t take either of those on a trip to help my mother-in-law with “a computer thing” while playing a AAA title. Yep, that’s how I judge the worthiness of hardware. Don’t @ me.
The new Nintendo Switch OLED system launches on October 8th, 2021.