Long talked about The Nintendo Switch equipped with OLED is finally real!! But that’s not exactly the upgrade we expected. It has been reported for months that the “Switch Pro” could also provide some 4K capabilities to increase and faster performance. But this new model, which will sell for $ 350 when it is released on October 8, does not go that far. Instead, it’s a minor step forward that fixes a few of the original flaws of the Switch’s design, but doesn’t dramatically change the system. And you know what? That’s okay.
If you’ve been following Nintendo for a while, it should come as no surprise that the company isn’t really interested in joining the SPC race. Let Sony and Microsoft dominate 4K dominance – Nintendo can show that it still has a lot of love for games in 1080p and older versions. Adhering to the same hardware also means that developers don’t have to worry about sharing the Switch user base, a problem that has plagued Nintendo systems in recent decades ( New 3DS actually worth it?).
The global chip shortage may have thwarted Nintendo’s plans to put better hardware in this switch. The system currently uses a customized version of NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 system on the chip, which it was quietly updated 2019 to extend the battery life of the console. According to various reports, Nintendo has been researching anchored 4K upgrades using NVIDIA’s DLSS technology, which uses AI processing to bring lower-resolution textures to something that looks far sharper. But that technology would require an updated Tegra chip that brought some hardware from NVIDIA’s recent RTX GPUs. It’s not an impossible task, but it may have taken more work than NVIDIA was able to do during the 2020 hell (at least while keeping a reasonable final cost).
That doesn’t mean dreams of a 4K capable Switch are dead, it’s just something we’ll have to wait a year or two for. Nintendo should also add more RAM to the Switch so it can better handle the 1080p textures needed for a DLSS upgrade. This is not easy to do with the system’s scarce 4 GB of RAM, so the future console would need 6 GB or 8 GB. And don’t forget, Nintendo also needs to balance the provision of solid battery life with the Switch in manual mode, so it needs to be careful when inserting into demanding new hardware.
For owners of the original Switch or newcomers to the platform, this OLED model still seems a tempting upgrade. The larger screen makes the system more modern, with a less chunky screen mask. OLED will also make games look dramatically better, especially while playing outside in direct sunlight. There’s also a wider bracket, similar to that of the Microsoft Surface tablet, that could make the portable game much more stable. There’s also 64GB of internal storage, instead of 32GB, and “enhanced sound”, which could only apply to better speakers – Nintendo isn’t exactly accurate.
And if you really like multiplayer, you’ll probably appreciate the Ethernet port built into the OLED Switch’s docking station. (And if that’s the main draw for you, Nintendo says the dock is also compatible with older Switch models.) Still, due to the larger screen, Nintendo says the OLED Switch may run into problems with some Labo sets and other games.
I realize, $ 350 is a lot to set aside for a slightly better Switch. This is especially true when you can get a PlayStation 5 without a disc for $ 399 or a full PS5 and Xbox Series X for $ 499. But for Nintendo diehards, the improvements are definitely tempting. Just don’t be surprised if the company falls with the 4K capable Switch during the 2022 holiday season.
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