Hardware revisions have been around since the Game Boy days, so it’s no surprise that Nintendo announced the latest version of the Switch. Officially called the OLED Nintendo Switch, the new model is a slightly improved version of the handheld hybrid – with a few added bells and whistles here and there. Up until this point, reports of “Nintendo Switch Pro” had begun to swirl, pointing to a much more powerful 4K system.
While that’s not what we’re getting at, the Nintendo Switch OLED exactly looks up to the course when compared to other versions of Nintendo hardware. With that in mind, let’s dive into everything we know about the system, including release date, specs, features, and more.
Release date and price
First, the Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on October 8 for $350. It will come in two colors: White and neon red/neon green (similar to the original model). New system launched with the release Metroid Dread. It’s normal for Nintendo to release new hardware with brand new games to go with it.
Pre-orders aren’t out in North America yet, but we’ll update this post when they become available.
But why should you buy this? What kind of features does it have? Its most notable innovation is the inclusion of a 7-inch OLED display. Not only is this significantly larger than the 6.2-inch screen on the original Switch model, but OLED screens generally look better than LCDs.
You’ll notice darker blacks, better contrast, and a much more “floating” image than on an LCD screen. OLED screens also consume less power than LCD screens, which is never a bad thing (although the new machine doesn’t seem to have any better battery life than the original model). In short, your games will look better with an OLED display, although they won’t necessarily perform better.
If you’ve owned an original Switch model, you’ve probably been worried about breaking its small and flimsy stand. Thankfully, the Nintendo Switch OLED has a larger, improved stand that goes through the entire back of the system. It also allows for more adjustable positions, giving you the freedom to play however you want in tabletop mode. This will hopefully prevent the system from crashing easily.
One of the system’s best features is the built-in LAN port, which allows you to connect to the internet via an Ethernet cable instead of via Wi-Fi. This will usually result in a more stable connection, no matter what online features you’re using. For example, when playing a competitive game over the internet, such as Super Smash Bros., you’ll notice less connection problems when connected hardwired compared to a wireless connection.
Previously, Nintendo Switch did not support built-in LAN. You have to buy an ethernet adapter instead, which is just another barrier to entry. With the Nintendo Switch OLED, this will no longer be a problem for consumers.
As the video game industry transitions to a predominantly digital future, many Switch players have chosen to download their games instead of buying physical cartridges. There are certainly pros and cons to each, but the biggest hurdle for digital buyers is memory. The new Nintendo Switch OLED will come with 64GB of internal storage instead of 32GB on the original model.
While 64GB still won’t get you very far if you’re downloading everything digitally, it’s a noticeable improvement over the older model. We still recommend buying a micro SD card to expand the storage, but in many cases 64GB will work for you, especially if you don’t download a lot.
Part of the fun with the Nintendo Switch is collecting multiple Joy-Con variations in all different colors. The new Nintendo Switch OLED is special because it’s the first time that the Joy-Con and dock will be white – officially at least. You can certainly visit sites like Etsy to create your own custom variations, but this one comes straight from Nintendo. You can also purchase the neon blue/neon red version that launches the same day.
In addition to the improved sound, those are all new features that come with the Nintendo Switch OLED. Is this worth the extra $50 over the standard version? That will depend on you and your needs. Internally, the OLED version is almost identical to the original Switch model. In fact, a Nintendo spokesperson recently told Chronicles of video games, “[The] The Nintendo Switch (OLED model) doesn’t have a new CPU or more RAM from previous Nintendo Switch models”.
This is disappointing to many, as early reports all seem to suggest that the new system will be much more robust internally. In addition to the reports, the community is simply hope Nintendo will develop a more powerful system to compete with the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft. And sadly, that’s not the case, at least right now.
The original Nintendo Switch has the same battery life as the new OLED model (about 4.5 to 9 hours), as well as the same charging time (about 3 hours). Both use NVIDIA’s custom Tegra processor and max out at 1080p when docked and 720p in handheld mode. What’s interesting about how similar the two machines are is that the Joy-Con and the docks are interchangeable on each, helping to streamline the process for many Switch owners.
Is there a chance that an additional Nintendo Switch version will come out after the OLED model? Likely. When looking at Nintendo’s history, the company seems to develop many SKUs for its handhelds. For example, the Nintendo DS series has the original models DS Lite, DSi, and DSi XL, while the 3DS series has the original 3DS XL, 2DS, new 3DS, new 3DS XL, and new 2DS XL. Aside from how confusing all that is, the point is that repetition is part of Nintendo’s business model, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see another Switch after OLED.
If it’s a Switch 2 or something less than a leap is still to be seen, but you almost certainly haven’t seen the final Nintendo Switch, even after OLED launches.