Following a number of rumours, Nintendo has announced the Switch (OLED model).
While it’s not the “Switch Pro” that gamers were expecting, it does pack a number of new features. The biggest is that it now has a 7-inch OLED display (still at 720p in handheld mode).
“The new Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is a great option for players who want to experience the new vibrant screen when playing in handheld and tabletop mode,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “With the addition of this new model to the Nintendo Switch family of systems, people have an additional choice of a system that best fits the gaming experience they desire – whether it’s Nintendo Switch (OLED model), Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite.”
Having a OLED screen should provide more vivid colours and crisp content. OLED can also make blacks darker and use less battery power.
Battery life is around 4.5-9 hours depending on usage and game, like the previous Switch. The new OLED model also features enhanced audio with improved speakers.
The new Switch also comes with a wider adjustable stand that is the entire width of the console. There’s also 64GB of internal storage (up from 32GB) and a microSD card slot.
Just like the original Switch, the OLED Switch has detachable Joy-Con controllers for the three modes, TV, Tabletop and Handheld.
The new dock that comes with the OLED Switch has a Ethernet for better connectivity in TV/docked mode (which is still 1080p output).
All previously released Joy-Con controllers will work with the Switch (OLED model) as well as the full library of Switch games.
The Switch (OLED model) is launching on October 8th for $449 CAD ($349 USD).
It’ll come in two colours, either with a set of white Joy-Con (and matching white dock) or the classic one neon red and neon blue.
Pre-orders for the Switch (OLED model) are coming soon and we’ll update this article when they’re live.