After months fan speculation, Nintendo today confirmed rumors that a new Switch console is on the way. Nintendo ‘s updated OLED model for Nintendo Switch will arrive on October 8, the same day as expected Metroid Dread.
The OLED model“It’s not a sweet or fast name yet,” it replaces the Nintendo Switch’s 6-inch 720p LCD with a 7-inch OLED display. LCD screens rely on backlighting, while individual pixels on the OLED screen produce their own light, meaning the screen offers countless benefits: better viewing angles, deeper blacks and higher brightness levels that should reduce playing outside in the direct sunlight of the blink party. Nintendo’s announcement makes no mention of 4K, which has been boasted by the latest generations of consoles like the Xbox One S and X and the PlayStation 4 Pro. (The standard Switch model gives at 1080p when plugged in.)
At $ 350, the new model will cost $ 50 more than the standard Switch, but it comes with some improvements in quality of life outside of that OLED screen. The built-in ethernet port will make a big difference for anyone playing online games like Switch Super Smash Bros. Ethernet connectivity will reduce the frustrating lag between players competing in multiplayer titles. And instead of the wide-ranging, fragile, fragile wallpaper of the current generation, the OLED model has a wide, adjustable stand for desktop mode, for anyone who wants to play Change games with friends on planes or in cafes. It is a long, rectangular strip that extends through most of the console.
The new Switch will also have 64 GB of internal memory and “improved sound for manual holding and table playing”, but Nintendo did not specify what exactly that means. It comes with a white Joy-Cons and a white dock or Joy-Cons in traditional red and blue. (Nintendo says the old Joy-Cons are also working on this model.)
The OLED model does not seem to be a significant step forward for Nintendo hardware. Many of these upgrades simply switch the Switch to the quality scale it was probably supposed to remove when it came out in 2017: The Switch came out with very little 32GB of space, which requires many consumers to invest in expensive SD cards. Battery life is 4.5 to nine hours – the same as with the base Switch model, despite the upgraded screen – with mileage varying depending on the game. All of this can be appealing if you’re new to the Switch, but without the 4K or even greater variety of color hardware options it’s hard to justify upgrading. The exception may be if the Joy-Con controllers of your Switch are folded, which is an endemic problem he initiated more than one lawsuit. Nintendo does not change the configuration or functionality of the Joy-Con controller with the new OLED model.
Nintendo was in a creative rut for some time. Like the age Splatoon 3 i The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 approach, the same stagnation seems to apply to its hardware.
Updated 12:17 PM ET, 7.7.2021: This story has been updated to include more information about Joy-Con controllers for the OLED model.
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