Nintendo gamers and fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of a new, improved Nintendo Switch for so long, and now the wait is finally over. There have been many rumors over the long years of waiting, so is the new Nintendo Switch OLED Model what they expected? Find out the surprises and disappointments about this new version of every gamer’s favorite handheld device.
Yes, it does have a bigger screen
One of the biggest upgrades the Switch got in this new version is in its name: OLED. Instead of the usual LCD touch screen, the new Switch model now features an OLED touch screen, which lets you enjoy vivid colors and crisp contrast while gaming. The display screen itself also got bigger, going from 6.2 inches to 7 inches and maximizing the white space of the device.
But no, it didn’t get (much) bigger or heavier
Thank God. The Switch’s main selling point is that you could actually bring it anywhere so it’s great that Nintendo didn’t sacrifice the lightness and compactness for the new Switch update.
With the Joy-Cons attached, the Switch OLED Model is still 4-inch high, 9.5-inch long, and less than an inch deep, which is just about the same as the OG Switch. It got just a wee bit heavier at 0.93 pounds, in contrast to the OG Switch’s 0.88 pounds. But it’s such a negligible difference that you could just ignore it.
Still no 4K
Nintendo fans have been calling for 4K display for many years already, and unfortunately, today is still *not* the day we’re getting it. The device resolution is still at its standard 720p, which can only be improved to 1080p if you plug it into your TV.
Improved tabletop stability
Like the OG Switch, the OLED model has three modes: TV, handheld, and tabletop. The OG Switch’s kickstand was just a small strip you can pull out behind, so it could be pretty unstable. But the Switch OLED Model’s full-length kickstand lets you play tabletop without worrying about your device toppling over. It’s easily adjustable too, so you can find the perfect angle you want.
All-new wired LAN port
The new OLED Model doesn’t only come with an improved display screen; now, it lets you connect online directly with the wired LAN port in the dock, which the OG Switch didn’t have. Of course, you can only use this when you’ve connected your Switch to your TV.
Yes, it works with your old Joy-Cons
Don’t worry; you can still use your old consoles with this one. All your extra Joy-Con controllers would fit the OLED model, since the size didn’t really change. According to Nintendo’s FAQ page, you can also use the docks interchangeably. So if you already have the OG Switch, you can just think that you’re getting a newly upgraded add-on to your gaming device.
Unfortunately, though, there’s no news if Nintendo got to fix the drift issue in the Joy-Con.
Just *enough* storage capacity
In what could possibly be the most disappointing part of the Switch OLED model, there is only 64 GB worth of storage within the device itself. While this is an improvement from the OG Switch’s limited 32 GB, it’s not much when you compare it with other devices like smartphones that can hold up to as much as 512 GB. As an alternative, you could insert micro SD cards with up to 2 TB storage. That’s an additional expense, but hardcore Nintendo fans would probably buy anyway.
When can we buy it?
The Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) would be available on 8 October 2021 with a price of USD 349.99 or about PHP 17,500, which gives the OLED Model only USD 50 or PHP 2,500 difference from the OG Switch. The main Switch OLED model body is in black, but you can choose between white or the classic blue and red for your Joy-Cons.
There’s quite a collection of surprises and disappointments in this new version, but we think Nintendo fans would still go for it anyway. How about you?
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