What the “OLED Model” means for the future of Nintendo Switch

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Ars Technica 07 July, 2021 - 05:45am 40 views

How much will the switch OLED cost?

The Nintendo Switch OLED will be available on October 8, 2021, and it costs $349.99 / £309.99 / AU$539. TechRadarNintendo Switch OLED release date, price, specs, and why it's not 4K

What is the Nintendo switch OLED?

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 - IGN

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

How much is the Nintendo Switch Pro?

The Nintendo Switch Pro release date is October 8, with it retailing for $349.99. Game RantNintendo Switch Pro Release Date, Specs, Price, and More Announced

New Nintendo Switch Model Has Bigger, Better Screen, Out Oct

Kotaku 07 July, 2021 - 07:23am

Described as “the newest member of the Nintendo Switch family”, this is a 7-inch handheld with an OLED screen, boasting an improved kickstand, better audio, a wired LAN port in the dock, and—oh Nintendo—64GB internal storage. It’s launching on October 8, the same day as Metroid Dread, and will cost $349.99.

In most ways it looks identical, but for a far smaller bezel allowing for a larger screen. In fact, it is exactly the same size as the OG Switch, and weighs only 0.05lb more. The Joy-Cons appear unchanged, and will be interchangeable with ones you already own.

That new screen is the big deal here, jumping from 6.2 inch to 7.0 inch, and being OLED rather than LCD. In what will be a surprise after the last few months of speculation, the device resolution remains exactly the same at 1280x720, and it will still only boost to 1080p on your TV. This is not the 4K Switch many had been hoping for.

“The new Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is a great option for players who want to experience the new vibrant screen when playing in handheld and tabletop mode,” Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser says in a press release issued a few minutes ago. “With the addition of this new model to the Nintendo Switch family of systems, people have an additional choice of a system that best fits the gaming experience they desire – whether it’s Nintendo Switch (OLED model), Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite.”

You can read and compare specs with the older model on Nintendo’s official site. Pre-order information is still to come.

Nintendo's new OLED Switch costs $350 and arrives October 8th

Engadget 07 July, 2021 - 07:23am

As expected, the latest model has a larger, seven-inch screen. The 720p OLED display, which Nintendo claims is more vivid, is a step up from the 6.2-inch LCD screen on the original Switch. The console has significantly reduced bezels and 64GB of storage, while the dock has a wired LAN port. 

Nintendo is promising "enhanced audio" with the new Switch, which works with all existing Joy-Con controllers. The company is offering it in the traditional neon red/blue color scheme with a black dock, or in a white/black color scheme with a white dock.

The new Switch also has what looks like a massively improved kickstand that spans the entire width of the back of the console. It can be propped up at any angle and looks far sturdier than the tiny, fragile piece of plastic that propped up the old Switch.

However, there's no 4K output, as reports had widely suggested. You'll still only play at a maximum resolution of 1080p in docked mode. Nor has Nintendo said it will upgrade any other parts of the Switch. The OLED device was rumored to use NVIDIA's DLSS tech with an upgraded chip. The company also warned that tweaks such as the larger screen mean the new Switch might not work as neatly with Nintendo Labo products.

The original Switch is still selling like hot cakes, so there’s a case to be made that Nintendo didn't need to upgrade the console just yet. But the original Switch's display and huge bezels are starting to look a little bit dated in 2021; this OLED screen should modernize the experience significantly. That said, for people who want to save some cash, Nintendo will continue selling the original Switch, at least for now.

It's highly likely that demand will far exceed supply. Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa told investors in a call in May that the company was still contending with shortages and production issues. The current global scarcity of semiconductors will also limit production capacity. So, the new Switch might be even harder to find than the current console has been at various points.

Since it released the original Switch in 2017, Nintendo has issued a revised model with a battery upgrade. It also released the handheld-only Switch Lite in 2019. Two years later, moving in the other direction with an upgraded Switch is a logical move. Good luck getting your hands on one any time soon, though.

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