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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

What is the new Nintendo switch?

Nintendo has announced a new version of the Nintendo Switch, due out on 8 October this year. The Nintendo Switch OLED model will have a larger and brighter 7in screen, a wide kickstand for tabletop play, enhanced audio in handheld mode and 64GB of storage for games. The GuardianNew Nintendo Switch model announced for October

Switch OLED preorders are live in select regions! Here's where to buy, and get US updates from pre-order Twitter tracker Matt Swider

At $349.99 / £309.99 / AU$539, the new Nintendo Switch OLED price is $50 / £40 / AU$60 more expensive than the original model, but packs a larger OLED display, a new kickstand and a LAN supporting dock. Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders have kicked off in the UK and Australia, but we're still seeing placeholders at retailers like Best Buy in the US. The Nintendo Switch OLED model will release on October 8, 2021.

You'll find all the latest updates on Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders just below, with a range of retailers already stacking the shelves.

The Nintendo Switch OLED pre-order seems imminent at Best Buy, GameStop and Target, according to our expert Nintendo Switch OLED pre-order Twitter tracker Matt Swider, who will send you an alert when the new Nintendo Switch OLED model is in stock – if you follow his Twitter account and turn on notifications.

Target just added a pre-order page for the Nintendo Switch OLED on Wednesday afternoon, and Best Buy and GameStop did the same Tuesday night. When will they light up that add-to-cart button? Click on the link below or image to start following and getting alerts.

► When? Where? Follow our Nintendo Switch OLED pre-order Twitter tracker Matt Swider for notifications and live updates.

► Live coaching: Matt will do a Nintendo Switch OLED pre-order live stream on YouTube when the new Nintendo console is in stock to help you after the Twitter tracker alert goes out.

If you want to be one of the first to find out when Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders go live, click on this screenshot example of a Matt Swider Nintendo Switch OLED tweet. When he has a tweet with a siren, that means it's in stock and a link will be included. Make sure you follow and turn on notifications.

The Best Buy Nintendo Switch OLED pre-order is 'Coming soon', according to the product page that's already live (but the add-to-cart button is grayed out). There's a GameStop Switch OLED pre-order page, too, hinting of an imminent sale ahead of the October 8 release date. Both stores will sell it for the MSRP $349.99 – no bundle required. We're now seeing pre-orders from other countries in time zones ahead of the United States, so it's only a matter of time.

Nintendo Switch OLED retailers in the US haven't shared the date and time for the pre-order of the console. It's already available to pre-purchase in other countries, so we should see American retailers turn on that add-to-cart button soon.

The fact that Best Buy and GameStop already have Switch OLED pages up is a good sign. We haven't seen Amazon, Walmart or Target do the same just yet, but our exclusive restock sources should come in handy, especially when knowing the Walmart Switch OLED pre-order date ahead of time. We often get a heads-up from the world's largest retailer and tweet about it in advance.

The UK is seeing a range of retailers going ahead with their Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders already, with Game and Smyths Toys leading the charge. This early wave means we're likely to see more retailers jumping into the ring soon, so you'll find all the shops likely to carry stock just below. 

It's worth noting that both Game and Smyths Toys still have stock allocations available, though we're not sure how long that waiting list runs and considering chip shortages across the industry we wouldn't recommend waiting too long to pounce. 

So far, Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders are already live in Australia at Amazon AU, The Gamesmen, EB Games and JB Hi-Fi, and it's expected that more retailers will follow shortly. 

EB Games and JB Hi-Fi have the new Nintendo console listed for AU$539, with both retailers offering it in the two available colour options – White and Neon.

Additionally, EB Games is also offering the new Nintendo Switch OLED at the reduced price of AU$299 when you trade-in your current Nintendo Switch console (excludes Nintendo Switch Lite).

It's worth noting that pre-orders of the Nintendo Switch OLED are "strictly one per customer" at each of the retailers listed below.

There's a very good reason to pre-order the Nintendo Switch OLED today (or whenever it actually becomes available to buy), and that's because it's going to sell out in a matter of minutes – maybe seconds. We've seen the ongoing chip shortage affect other consoles in 2021, which is why we constantly have to run PS5 restock news stories – it's still in demand several months later.

And if you think the Switch OLED model is a minor Nintendo Switch upgrade (you're not alone) and it won't be sold out (that's wrong), then you have to realize that before all of these shortages came to a head and when the original Nintendo Switch seemed long in the tooth, the four-year-old Nintendo console was still selling out every Christmas. That's four Christmases in a row.

In other words, if you want to buy a Nintendo Switch OLED, do it now. There's going to be unprecedented demand for it in 2021 and yet a finite supply of consoles. Plus, the Nintendo Switch OLED price is $349, hardly a barrier to entry for a gift in 2021.

The people who aren't going to be able to buy this console on October 8 through December 31 are the people who hesitate on the pre-order, according to our expert opinion. Cue the Nintendo Switch OLED restock chaos that will soon ensue.

Nintendo Switch OLED retailers in the US haven't shared the date and time for the pre-order of the console. It's already available to pre-purchase in other countries, so we should see American retailers turn on that add-to-cart button soon.

The fact that Best Buy and GameStop already have Switch OLED pages up is a good sign. We haven't seen Amazon, Walmart or Target do the same just yet, but our exclusive restock sources should come in handy, especially when knowing the Walmart Switch OLED pre-order date ahead of time. We often get a heads-up from the world's largest retailer and tweet about it in advance.

There's a good chance we'll have to keep updating a Nintendo Switch OLED tracker for all stores in the US, as demand will surely outstrip supply into 2022.

The Nintendo Switch OLED price is $349.99 / £309.99 / AU$539, $50 more than the MSRP of the original Nintendo Switch model. Previously rumored 4K docked upscaling, Nvidia graphics, and an enhanced CPU were putting estimates at $399 / £379 - a tidy $100 / £100 price increase on the previous model that made a lot of sense. 

Without these additional features, a $50 / £50 / AU$60 increase is still good going for an OLED display (provided the battery has also been enhanced to keep up and extend over the original launch model), even if we were expecting to see a little more under the hood for our cash here. The original Nintendo Switch launched at $299 / £279 / AU$469 and just managed to undercut the PS4 and Xbox One's prices at the time.

Nintendo had reportedly asked its developers to make upcoming games 4K-ready, adding to rumors that a new console would offer UHD resolution. The announcement itself didn't make any note of this 4K upscaling, but besides that, if this information does prove to be correct, it's worth noting that we're unlikely to see a major price split in the catalog. 

As with the New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo has in the past restricted the list of compatible titles on its new generations. Thankfully, it doesn't look like this will be the case here. Not only would Nintendo be facing pressure from a backward-compatible market in Microsoft and Sony, but developers are (if the rumors prove correct) already working to make sure their current games will run on the new console. 

However, there are more costs associated with a game running at higher specs, and while backward compatible titles may not rise in price, we could see a slight inflation on later releases. 

After a new console right now? You'll find all the latest Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite prices just below.

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Nintendo Switch OLED release date, price, specs, and why it's not 4K

TechRadar 11 July, 2021 - 04:22am

The Nintendo Switch OLED is the Pro model we were waiting for

Nintendo made the announcement on July 6 on its official Twitter account, after many had speculated that the new console would be revealed before or during E3 2021 in June.

The specs of the Nintendo Switch OLED align with some of the rumors we’d been hearing about the updated console, and it comes with a 7-inch OLED screen, which is larger than the Switch’s 6.2-inch LCD display. Here's everything you need to know about Nintendo's new hybrid console.

The Nintendo Switch OLED will be available on October 8, 2021, and it costs $349.99 / £309.99 / AU$539. The current Nintendo Switch costs $299.99 in the US, £279.99 in the UK, and $449 in Australia, while the Nintendo Switch Lite, which is a handheld-only device, costs $199.99 / £199.99 / AU$329.95. 

It means the Nintendo Switch OLED costs $50 / £30 / AU$90 more than the standard Switch model, which isn’t a massive premium to pay for the new features on offer.

Pre-orders for the Nintendo Switch OLED are now live at numerous retailers. Check out our pre-order page for the US, UK and Australia, so you don't miss out when the Switch OLED releases on October 8, 2021.

We know that the Nintendo Switch OLED’s main appeal is its organic light emitting diode display, or OLED for short. OLED is widely regarded as one of the best display technologies around, as unlike an LCD screen, it doesn’t rely on a backlight to display images. Instead, it displays images using light emitted by each individual pixel, which means you can get perfect inky blacks and higher contrast levels.

The display size of the Nintendo Switch OLED is also larger than the original Switch’s LCD screen. It’s now 7 inches, which should give you a bit more real estate when you’re huddled over playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with friends, and provide some added immersion when playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 when that game eventually releases sometime in 2022. 

Some surprises come in the form of a wider, adjustable stand, and enhanced audio quality; however, it doesn't look like the Nintendo Switch OLED will support spatial audio tech like Dolby Atmos. Instead, it appears that the speakers on the unit itself have merely been upgraded for a better experience when you're playing in handheld or tabletop mode. 

The wider kick stand is more akin to something we'd find on a Microsoft Surface, and means that, when playing in tabletop mode, it'll be much easier to find the perfect position to play.

Another new addition is wired LAN support, which will come as a relief to those who feel Nintendo Switch’s online games aren’t the most stable or reliable when played over Wi-Fi. It’ll also benefit titles like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 3, the latter of which is due to release in 2022.

Thankfully, another area where the Nintendo Switch OLED improves over the original is internal storage. The Nintendo Switch OLED has 64GB of storage compared to the 32GB on the original Switch model, and there’s still support for compatible microSD cards.

The Nintendo Switch dock has also received a subtle upgrade, as it now sports rounded edges for a more modern-looking design, and comes in an off-white, which matches the new white color scheme of the Nintendo Switch OLED. The console is also available in the classic Neon Blue/Red color combo with a black dock. 

Like the previous model, the new Switch dock will be available to purchase separately from the Nintendo online store (it won't be sold at retail) and will work with the original Switch. The old dock cost $60, so we expect the new dock to be priced similarly.

Want to know about the ins and outs of the new Nintendo Switch OLED? Check out the full breakdown of the console's technical specifications below:

Surprisingly, no. One of the biggest features the Nintendo Switch Pro was tipped to have was the option to output at 4K resolution when docked, but the Switch OLED will only output at 1080p, just like the regular Switch. This seems like a big missed opportunity for Nintendo, and might make the upgrade a little harder to justify for some. 

It’s likely that the Nintendo Switch OLED display will stick to the 720p output of the original Switch too, as it means existing Switch software won’t have to be upgraded. This means that rumors of Nvidia DLSS support, which using AI upscaling to help games achieve 4K, is off the cards.

Targeting a resolution of 4K resolution could have also led to the console being more expensive, which is why Nintendo may have opted to stick with the original 720p output in handheld mode and 1080p when docked. 

Can all Nintendo Switch titles be played on Nintendo Switch OLED? Absolutely. The Switch OLED is essentially a fancier Nintendo Switch, so it means means that every Switch game is compatible. However, Nintendo notes that some game experiences with the Toy-Con accessories from the Nintendo Labo series may differ due to the Switch OLED's larger screen.

Existing Switch accessories will also work with the Nintendo Switch OLED model, according to Nintendo, but naturally things like screen protectors wouldn't be compatible due to the Switch OLED's larger screen.

The Nintendo Switch OLED is essentially the Nintendo Switch Pro that has been heavily rumored for quite some time. The technical specifications all line up with what we’ve heard previously, though the biggest outlier is the lack of 4K resolution support when docked. 

The Switch OLED announcement has been met with disappointment by some who were hoping Nintendo would follow a similar strategy to Microsoft and Sony, who both released more powerful consoles in the form of the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro during the last generation. This allowed existing games to receive resolution bumps and better performance, which would admittedly be welcome for some Switch titles.

It’s unlikely, then, that Nintendo will announce another Switch model anytime soon, but an analyst believes that Switch Pro might still be in the works. We'd advise tempering your expectations, though, as a more powerful Nintendo Switch model suddenly seems a long way off. 

One of the most common concerns regarding OLED displays is that they can be susceptible to burn-in. Burn-in is a term used to describe permanent image retention on OLED displays that can occur from looping logos or static HUDs. When elements such as these are displayed for hours at a time, it can permanently scar the panel's pixels, leaving residual 'ghost' patterns that can't be turned off.

Thankfully, OLED panel manufacturers have made great strides in negating burn-in, with LG using 'screen shift' technology, which subtly moves static images onscreen to ensure individual pixels aren't outputting the same information for sustained periods of time. 

But could the Nintendo Switch OLED be susceptible to burn-in? TechRadar spoke to OTI Lumionics CEO Michael Helander, who told us that "Modern OLED display panels have active compensation that will prevent the effect of burn-in. This records how much time each pixel has been turned on individually and will then in the back-end hardware adjust the output signal [...] to ensure that screen output remains uniform and effect of burn-in is eliminated."

Helander cites Nintendo's ability to control "the UI of games launched on their platform", allowing it to "shift UI boxes slightly during gameplay session to eliminate the issue of individual pixel burn-in", and added that "there were not a lot of complaints in the PS Vita regarding burn-in from OLED devices 8-10 years ago [...] The lifetime of OLED devices has improved at least 10x over the last 8 to 10 years, thus I don't expect burn-in to become an issue for the Switch OLED."

Fingers crossed, then, that burn-in doesn't occur on the Switch OLED model. 

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Nintendo Switch OLED vs Nintendo Switch: what's different?

TechRadar 11 July, 2021 - 04:22am

Is the Nintendo Switch OLED worth upgrading to?

First there was the original Switch in 2017, then the Switch Lite with non-removable controllers in 2019. And the refreshed original Nintendo Switch with improved battery life and a new CPU, again in 2019.

The Nintendo Switch OLED is the most exciting upgrade to this handheld series to date, however. Why? Well, the clue is in the name. This new version has an OLED screen, similar to the displays of top phones like the Samsung Galaxy S21.

In this piece we’ll look at why the Switch OLED is better than the LCD original, and the other upgrades you get in the Nintendo Switch OLED.

Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders are now live. Releasing on October 8, 2021, the Switch OLED brings some much-needed upgrades to the popular hybrid console. You get a 7-inch OLED screen, a better kickstand and speakers, plus 64GB of internal storage.

Nintendo has confirmed the Switch OLED will be available from October 8, but stock is likely to be limited due to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage. This has impacted both the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles since they launched in November 2020, so you might want to pre-order Nintendo's console or risk missing out.

The Nintendo Switch OLED looks similar to the original Switch and its 2019 refresh. It has removable Joy-Cons, the same button layout, and even comes in the familiar bright Neon Blue and Red color scheme. 

However, the version you'll see most online in the run-up to the Switch OLED's release is the new White version. This more sedate, grown-up color scheme is the sort of garb we expected to see the rumored Nintendo Switch Pro dressed up in. It may not be the Nintendo Switch Pro, but this is the closest we'll get for now and many of the leaks surrounding the Pro line up here.

There are some other important design changes. The thick bezels of the original Switch's display have been significantly trimmed down, and the 6.2-inch LCD panel has been replaced with a vibrant 7-inch OLED panel.

This gives the new Switch a less dated appearance and means there is no significant difference in size with the new model, despite the use of a larger screen. It's 0.1 inches longer, at 9.5 x 0.55 x 4 inches (W x D x H).

This means that any Joy-Con controllers you bought will work just fine with the Nintendo Switch OLED. The new console uses the same 'rail' system for such accessories. 

Nintendo has reworked the Switch's feeble kickstand to make it much less fragile, too. It now runs across much of the console's back, which should keep it upright more securely. The stand is more adjustable as well, allowing for different display angles when playing in tabletop mode.

You wouldn't know it from a glance but Nintendo has also redesigned the Switch OLED's speakers. They still sit on the bottom of the handheld, one to each side, but Nintendo promises "enhanced" audio. 

We hope for slightly better low frequency output and increased maximum volume, which we'll take a closer look at when we get a Nintendo Switch OLED in for review.

As before the OLED Switch comes with a dock, to let you play games on your TV. However, it does not offer the 4K output many hoped for in a Nintendo Switch Pro console. Playing docked and 1080p remains the max output resolution, and the display is 720p when playing in handheld mode.

An Ethernet (LAN) port is the extra we do get. You take a cable from your home internet router and plug it into the dock, for a more reliable signal than you'd see from the Switch's own Wi-Fi connection.

Nintendo has also doubled the internal storage in the Switch OLED, from 32GB to 64GB. You also have the option of adding a microSD card if you need more room.

Battery life remains the same as the refreshed Nintendo Switch at 4.5 to nine hours. This is better than the launch Switch's 2.5 to 6.5 hours, but the OLED Switch brings no real improvement in this area.

Here's the interesting part. The new Nintendo Switch has an OLED screen.

These display panels have emissive pixels, which means black parts of the screen image will look perfectly inky black even if you play under the covers in perfect darkness. 

With a standard Nintendo Switch, blacks end up looking slightly grey in these conditions. The OLED Switch will be much better for bed-time gaming than the old model, and should help Nintendo's already colorful artstyle stand out even more.

Its color depth will also be much improved. The LCD Switch offers sRGB-grade color - a color standard devised in the mid-90s to standardize how things look on printers, monitors and the internet. 

An OLED screen is likely to be able to let Nintendo widen out its color range to a wider standard like DCI P3, which is what Apple iPhones now aim for. It means bolder, deeper colors in games and a more vivid look to movies.

This is also the largest screen put into a Switch console yet. It measures 7 inches across, up from the 6.2 inches of the original Nintendo Switch design and the 5.5 inches of the Switch Lite.

There is no change in resolution. The Nintendo Switch OLED remains a 1280 x 720 pixel display. Many had hoped for a bump to 1080p (and there was even rumors of a 4K offering) in this "next generation" design.

We also have some concerns about this display panel. In March, we reported Nintendo was planning to use Samsung Display panels for a refreshed version of the Switch.

Almost all Samsung OLED panels use a display technology called PenTile. This is where the display pixels share sub-pixels, the tiny red, green and blue pin pricks of light that make up each color.

PenTile panels offer reduced sharpness compared to LCD panels of the same resolution thanks to the sharing of sub-pixels, usually exhibiting as a slight fizziness to text and other high contrast objects.

Samsung has made plenty of non-PenTile RGB OLED displays in the past. It used them in its long-discontinued OLED TVs, and in a few phones in the 2011-2012 era under the Super AMOLED Plus banner.

Samsung's RGB OLEDs have pretty much disappeared in the intervening years. But since then its use of PenTile OLEDs has never seemed a big deal as most OLED devices these days have exceptionally high pixel density, so a slight relative loss in sharpness is largely imperceptible.

But the Nintendo Switch OLED really does not offer high pixel density, at 209 pixels per inch. The next Switch screen may look a little fuzzy close up then, which again, is something we'll look into at review. 

Sony's original Vita OLED screen, which was later replaced with an LCD version, used an RGB sub-pixel matrix, not a PenTile one. Let's hope the OLED Switch does too.

Either way, the new screen is also likely to be capable of significantly higher peak brightness than the ~320 nits of the standard LCD Switch. Even lower-cost OLED panels in phones today tend to reach 500-650 nits, while some are capable of searing brightness beyond 1000 nits.

Nintendo is likely to keep fairly tight control over brightness, though, as higher screen power causes greater power drain, and it is clearly keen on retaining the solid battery life of the Switch 2019 refresh. The Switch OLED comes with a light sensor to better control the display's auto-brightness setting. 

However, a high peak brightness OLED screen could open the door for HDR, high dynamic range, video. This is not viable in the current Switch as it doesn't have the display for it, and the original Switch’s HDMI 1.4 connector is not geared-up for HDR (even if it theoretically has the bandwidth for 10-bit color at 1080p).

Don't bet on this, though. Digging deep into techy stuff like HDR just isn't very "Nintendo".

While the OLED screen of the new Switch will mean games look richer, bolder and more immersive than before, the console is unlikely to make any huge changes to how you play.

Nintendo has confirmed that the Switch OLED has the same Nvidia Custom Tegra processor and RAM as the current Switch, which means there is no upgrade in power under the hood. 

That means it won't unlock any new potential for developers to bring more comprehensive games to the new console.

What it does mean though, is the Switch OLED will be able to play all the same games as the Switch - and vice versa.

If you were hoping for a Nintendo Switch Pro with a 1080p screen and 4K output to your living room TV, the Nintendo Switch OLED announcement is sure to be a slight disappointment.

Games will feel the same, but they should at least look prettier when playing in handheld mode. An increase in screen size with no significant bump in the bulkiness of the console almost makes you glad the original Switch had screen borders beamed direct from 2012.

The Ethernet port on the dock is welcome, as is the increase in storage to 64GB. Let's just hope the new Nintendo Switch has an RGB OLED panel, because PenTile fizz at this pixel density is real, folks.

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Daily Deals: Nintendo Switch OLED Model Now Available to Preorder in the UK - IGN

IGN 11 July, 2021 - 04:22am

Make sure to follow @IGNUKDeals to get instant updates when preorders are live, we expect them to sell out quickly. Amazon preorders will be the most sought after, as Prime members will be able to get free delivery, a contrast to GAME which is charging £9.99 for delivery, or Argos £6.95.

Even post-Prime Day, the Amazon deals just keep coming. If you haven't already checked this deal out, now is the time. You can currently get £5 in Amazon credit just for signing up for a free Amazon Music trial. It's for select users only, so click here to see you can get a free £5 Amazon top-up.

If you're eligible, just sign up for the 30-day Amazon Music trial, then within one week, Amazon will email your £5 reward. It can be redeemed within 30 days of receipt against an eligible purchase of £20 or more. This offer is only available until August 4, 2021, or until the first 10,000 eligible users sign up and claim their credit, so get in now to avoid any disappointment.

Nintendo Switch OLED: Price, availability and more

Pocket-lint 10 July, 2021 - 05:00am

It's not the major upgrade some people were hoping for, with performance remaining on par with older Switch consoles. It does, though, bring a bigger and fancier screen to the table. Find out everything you need to know, including how to buy it, right here.

The newest member of the Switch family will be available worldwide on 8 October 2021, although pre-orders are already available in a few places.

Due to the upgrades to its screen, the console is slightly more expensive than the standard Switch, at $349 or £310. That's not the biggest price bump, so we'd say if you don't have any sort of Switch yet it would definitely be worth picking up the new version.

Well, at the time of writing pre-orders have opened at a few retailers, including Game in the UK, where you can actually get your order in.

In the US things are a little less developed - at Best Buy and GameStop you can check out the console on their sites, but pre-orders haven't opened yet.

In Australia, finally, the model is live at EB Games for a pre-order price of $539.

Of course, you might need a refresher on what's actually new about the Switch (OLED model) - although the clue is slightly in the name. Nintendo has a useful comparison between the Switch, Switch Lite and Switch OLED you can check out, but here are the key points.

Firstly, the screen has the biggest upgrade, going from a 6.2-inch LCD display to a 7-inch OLED panel. That'll make for much more vivid colours and deeper blacks, and obviously a bit more space to enjoy your game's visuals in.

Another change comes on the dock, where a new LAN port will open you up to more stable internet connections if desired. The on-board audio system on the OLED model have also apparently got a small upgrade to make for clearer sound quality.

Finally, the amount of storage has doubled from 32GB to 64GB to make it a lot easier to get some games onto your Switch without immediately needing to order a microSD card to get more space.

This all comes with the barest, tiny change to the overall size of the console, which has got 0.1 inches longer, while staying the same height and thickness as the normal Switch, which should mean that most accessories and cases will fit it unless they were really tight on the original model. It's also about 20g heavier.

The OLED version does have another change, though, in the form of a wider, sturdier flip stand to make it easier to play the Switch on a table.

The battery life is identical at between four and a half and nine hours depending on the game you're playing.

More importantly, the graphical capabilities of the system haven't changed at all, and that's also true for its output resolutions. You'll still get 720p in handheld mode, and 1080p in docked mode on a TV. There was a longstanding assumption that any new Switch model would have 4K options, but we know that isn't true, now.

Nintendo Switch OLED vs. Nintendo Switch: What should you buy?

Tom's Guide 07 July, 2021 - 02:14pm

Here's how the Nintendo Switch OLED and original Switch compare

The thing is, the Switch OLED is arguably not that much of an upgrade over the original hybrid console. That means it's probably not worth an upgrade if you already own a Switch. But perhaps the improved display, new dock and other small enhancements are enough to tempt you.

Below we've broken down the different features of the Nintendo Switch OLED vs. Nintendo Switch to help you make your buying decision come October 8. 

Although it was just announced, Nintendo isn't selling the Switch OLED until October 8. You can find Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders listed already, however. It'll be on sale for $349, a little more expensive than the current $299 Nintendo Switch, which you can buy today from various retailers.

In terms of the basic shapes, the two consoles are identical, aside from the Switch OLED being 0.1 inches taller and 0.05 pounds heavier than the original. Although the display on the Switch OLED is larger, that extra space has been made by reducing the bezels around the screen, meaning the whole console hasn't had to change to accommodate it.

However there are some other minor changes to the Switch OLED's build. It has been given a full-width rear stand to keep the console upright in tabletop mode, which looks a lot more sturdy than the skinny and somewhat flimsy stand on the original Switch.

The Switch OLED also gets a new white dock, which boasts a few design changes of its own (more on that below). 

However we have just learned that the dock is going to be sold as a separate accessory by Nintendo, if that alone appeals to you.

Speaking of colors, both the Switch and Switch OLED offer "Neon" color with one red Joy-Con and one blue Joy-Con. However while the normal Switch's other option is an all-gray model, the Switch OLED features off-white controllers to match the off-white dock.

The feature that gives the Switch OLED its name is its 7-inch OLED display. This is not only about 13% larger than the basic Switch's screen, but uses OLED technology, as opposed to LCD. 

That means you should get increased brightness, better contrast and more effective viewing angles to boot.

The resolution of the screen seems to be the same however, both in handheld and docked modes. That's 1080p maximum when docked, and 720p otherwise.

This is kind of disappointing since it means that you won't get increased detail from the OLED screen, in spite of its other benefits. And increasing the size of the display on the Switch OLED yet keeping the resolution the same will mean the screen is less pixel dense than Switch's display. How noticeable this will be in real-world gaming use has yet to be seen.

As far as we know, the Joy-Cons that come with the Switch OLED are identical to the ones that came with the original and revised version of the Switch, aside from the color. That's good news, since Joy-Cons are highly versatile, offering both traditional gamepad and motion controls. 

However, Joy-Con drift, where the analog sticks become faulty after even moderate use, remains a risk. We won't know this for sure until we get to try out the Switch OLED, as Nintendo has remained tight-lipped aobut Joy-Con drift of late.

As we said before, the Switch OLED's dock is white, instead of the original Switch's black dock. But that's not all that's changed.

The Switch OLED's dock features a LAN port for faster, wired internet, something the basic Switch could only manage with a special USB adapter. 

The back panel is also completely removable to let you access the concealed USB-C port, which will make it easier to plug in accessories or your power adapter. The original Switch's dock had a hinge that allowed you to access these ports, but it wasn't removable.

However, the LAN port means the Switch OLED no longer has a USB Type-A port in the dock, though some might find the compromise to b more than palatable as that USC port was often used to attach a wired LAN connection using an adapter. 

Another potential disappointment for some users: the Switch OLED doesn't make any improvements to the chipset Nintendo's been using since the Switch launched in 2017. So the 4K docked output or 1080p handheld resolution we'd been expecting courtesy of Nintendo Switch Pro rumors, won't be happing with the Switch OLED. 

The one difference Nintendo has made is doubling the base storage from 32GB to 64GB. That'll mean a lot more room for games on the Switch OLED, although it still offers a microSD card slot for even more storage expansion, like the basic Switch.

While Nintendo hasn't given us the details yet, the Switch OLED also boasts "enhanced audio." If you play in handheld mode without plugging in a pair of headphones, it seems like the OLED model will have some kind of advantage in the sound department compared to the original Switch. However, Nintendo hasn't made that clear on how the audio will be enhanced, as according to the specs sheet the Switch OLED simply has stereo speakers. 

You'll be able to play your the best Nintendo Switch games either on the Switch OLED or the standard Switch. That's good news if you're planning on upgrading and already have a big library of downloaded games and Game Cards, but it may be underwhelming if you were hoping the upgraded Switch would bring some unique experiences with it.

This doesn't even appear to be a PS4 Pro vs. PS4 Slim situation where certain games got enhancements that were only available on the more powerful console. Sure, the games will probably look better on the Switch OLED's larger, brighter display, but in terms of available experiences, they're both the same.

OLED displays are more efficient than LCD displays, since OLED panels can control their brightness, and therefore their power consumption, much more precisely. But with the display having been sized up, there's more screen to power and thus the battery savings may have been negated. 

Nintendo claims the Switch OLED will last between 4.5 and 9 hours on a single charge, the same as the LCD Switch. Not an upgrade per se, but being able to keep the battery life the same while increasing the screen size is still noteworthy.

Nothing's been said about the Switch OLED's charging being different, so we can assume it's the same as it has been before. That means a USB-C power adapter that plugs into a port at the bottom of the Switch or into the dock. It also unfortunately means that once again the Switch OLED can't be charged while in tabletop mode, which would have been a nice quality of life change compared to the standard Switch.

If you don't already own a Switch, the Switch OLED is hands-down the one to go for, assuming you don't mind waiting until it goes on sale. The original Switch is still very similar to the new one though, so if you can't wait to buy a Switch, you won't miss out too much if you buy the current model today.

If you're already a Switch owner, it's questionable if the OLED model is worth swapping out your existing console for. Your games are set to look more colorful and brighter on the new OLED panel, but it'll still be the same resolution as before. Many of the other upgrades, like the extra storage or the LAN port, you can get yourself by buying accessories, such as a cheap microSD card and a USB LAN adapter. 

We'll know for sure when we get out hands on the Nintendo Switch OLED, so make sure to come back to Tom's Guide in October. And keep us bookmarked for other Nintendo console news as an when it happens, especially for the Nintendo Switch 2

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