After what feels like years of speculation Nintendo have announced new Switch hardware. The Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) has shown off some improvements over the base Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, boasting an updated screen, new kick stand and a network port on the dock itself.
The video that was released highlighted the new OLED screen. Growing from the Switch’s 6.2 inch LCD screen, the Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) has a 7 inch OLED screen. Resolution and dimensions are the same. Curiously the new Switch is 0.1 inch longer than the original with the Joy-Cons attached.
The new Switch also sports an updated kickstand. Wider than its predecessor, it is also adjustable to different angles for better viewing options. Handheld mode has receieved a boost to its audio along with the dock adding a network port added. No more relying on wifi or having to buy a USB-to-ethernet adaptor.
Once thing that the video didn’t mention but the technical specifications on Nintendo’s website did was that the new Switch has had a storage upgrade. Boasting 64GB compared to the base Switch’s 32GB, you’ll have more room for more of the wonderful indie titles coming to the Nintendo eShop.
The included extras are a nice addition but the upgraded chip that fans were hoping for is curiously missing.
The Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) will be launching on 8th October 2021 for $469.95 suggested retail price (SRP), along side Metroid Dread, announced in Nintendo’s E3 Direct.
Update: Since this article was published retailers in Australia have preorders for the new Switch for $539.00, while Nintendo Australia’s website still lists the SRP as $469.95. Quite a difference between what local retails are charging and what Nintendo thinks they should charge.