Nintendo Switch OLED model will go on sale October 8th for $350
Nintendo Announces New Nintendo Switch OLED: No 4k Resolution Tue, 06 Jul 2021 10:00:00 -0700-Nintendo's new Switch is official. It has a 7-inch OLED display and 64GB of built-in storage.
Nintendo is announcing a new Switch model today with a larger 7-inch 720p OLED display. While rumors had suggested this new Switch would ship with a new Nvidia chip inside, this new OLED model is mostly a screen upgrade. Nintendo lists this Switch OLED model as only supporting 1080p via TV mode, and rumors had suggested 4K support, thanks to a rumored Nvidia chip upgrade. The Switch OLED model will go on sale for $350 starting on October 8th.
Other than the new screen, this revised model includes an adjustable stand for tabletop play, 64GB of built-in storage (up from 32GB), a new dock with a wired ethernet port built in, and improved audio for handheld or tabletop play. Nintendo only mentions “up to 1080p via HDMI in TV mode” for the TV dock, so the rumored 4K mode isn’t part of this OLED Switch.
Nintendo has confirmed to The Verge that there are no major internal changes to the CPU or memory. “Nintendo Switch (OLED model) does not have a new CPU, or more RAM, from previous Nintendo Switch models,” says a Nintendo spokesperson.
Elsewhere, there’s little else changed over the original device. Nintendo says battery life on this new OLED Switch will be up to nine hours, the same amount as the current Switch. This OLED Switch is slightly longer than the original and also slightly heavier at 0.71 pounds (0.32kg) versus the 0.66-pound (0.29kg) weight of the original Switch.
Original Joy-Cons will all work with this new Switch, and all existing games will run on this new OLED model. Nintendo is also offering both black and white units when the Switch OLED model ships later this year. The new dock will also work with both the Nintendo Switch and this new OLED model.
This updated Switch has been rumored heavily in recent months, and Nintendo has chosen to reveal it well after the company’s E3 show that focused exclusively on new Switch games. Reports had suggested this new Switch would appear before E3 began last month.
The new Switch arrives nearly two years after Nintendo’s Switch Lite, a smaller and cheaper version of the Switch that you can’t hook up to a TV. The Switch Lite debuted at $199 in September 2019.
Nintendo’s Switch has sold incredibly well, with the console dominating US sales charts for nearly two years straight. Switch lifetime sales are at 84.59 million units shipped since its launch in 2017, a figure that is getting closer to the Wii console’s 101.63 million lifetime sales mark. This updated Switch model is bound to only help push sales even closer to the Wii.
Update, June 6th 11:20AM ET: Article updated with Nintendo comments.
Nintendo Switch OLED model will go on sale October 8th for $350 Tue, 06 Jul 2021 10:00:00 -0700-Nintendo have announced the next version of the Nintendo Switch console, the Nintendo Switch (OLED Model), but it lacks 4k support.
The rumors have been swirling for over a year now about the next iteration of the Nintendo Switch system. Fans were utterly convinced that last month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) would showcase the new and improved Switch Pro, but we were all left disappointed when it didn’t come. However, it was just a matter of time before Nintendo gave us what we all wanted and it’s finally here, the Nintendo Switch (OLED Model).
Let’s get through the facts first before we decide if this was worth the wait, starting with a release date and price point. The Switch OLED Model is due out October 8th and will cost $349.99, this is also the same day the newest Metroid Game, Metroid Dread releases so expected a bundle pack. It sports a vibrant 7-inch OLED screen and twice the internal storage space as the original Switch coming in at 64GB with up to 2TB in expandable storage.
Despite having a slightly bigger screen at 7.0 inches, that’s a .8 inch upgrade over the regular Switch and its LCD screen. It’s still the same size as the regular switch but does weigh half a pound more. The Joy-Cons remained unchanged, though it’s been given a wide adjusted stand. Despite what everyone was hoping for, what we were all convinced was coming…there is no 4k, the resolution remains the same though you can output to 1080p on your TV now, up from 720p.
The biggest addition is the LAN port which directly connects to the internet instead of relying on Wifi. This will be a big boon for any gamers playing competitively on their Switch, specifically in the Fighting Game Community for Nintendo Switch games such as Super Smash Brothers Ultimate.
So, with all that in mind the next big question for gamers to answer is whether or not it will be worth $349.99 to upgrade from their regular Switch or Switch Lite to the horrendously named Switch OLED Model. You’re getting .8 inches more screen room and though it has more internal storage than the previous switch, it’s still outpaced by most smartphones in terms of storage. The only clear upgrade it has over the Switch or Switch Lite you probably already own is that it can output 1080p on your TV over 720p and can directly connect to the internet.
Since the Switch is inherently designed and mostly used in handheld form, I don’t personally think $349.99 is worth the price of admission unless you’re just looking for the status that a new console brings. If you’re one of the few who somehow, don’t already own a Switch then waiting for the OLED Model and picking it up would be the smart choice, though maybe you could find a used Switch for half the price as others are looking to upgrade.
Regardless, Nintendo Fans are known to be some of the most loyal gamers on the planet and Nintendo will likely cash in big with this new upgrade. Some players don’t always see Nintendo as a direct competitor to PlayStation and Microsoft since Nintendo appeals to all demographics and age groups, looked at often as the family console. Nintendo has done themselves a big favor by waiting a year after the launch of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X and S, both of which are now in extremely short supply with very high demand.
If Nintendo can keep up with their own demand, they could own the holiday season as parents who are eager to buy new consoles may only have the Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) to pick up in time to put under the tree. Whatever the reception to the OLED Model is, one thing is almost certain, Nintendo is positioning itself to have another record-breaking year of profits.
As for myself, I primarily play my Switch docked so the upgraded resolution is something I’d get value out of but I’m still not convinced that I’ll be getting the OLED model. Even with the wired LAN port, I’d rather keep saving my money in hopes one of the mythological PlayStation 5s gets added to my online cart, there’s value in that. Though arguably, not much more at this point.
... read more
– July 6, 2021
Nintendo Switch OLED, Switch OLED