We reported about the newly announced Nintendo Switch OLED which is supposed to change the mobile gaming experience with the crisp display that will be featured on the device. The new OLED display will hit global stores by October 8th which is the same time that some good titles such as Metroid Dread will debut.
The Switch OLED display will cost about US$350 according to reports. The US$50 upgrade gets you a better display, a dock with which you can stand the device on a flat top but things like being able to project a 4K game to your 4K TV will not be included with this update so there isn’t so much between the Switch OLED and the regular Switch or the Switch Lite aside the display and few hardware tweaks here and there.
Now let’s look at some pretty cool features that come with the new device but that can depend on whether you’d find them interesting enough to want to wait for the release or just keep up with your current Switch and hope for a better upgrade in the near future.
New features of the Switch OLED
The OLED Panel: This is definitely the news headline and that is a pretty nice feature to finally have on a mobile game console considering how well oversaturated OLED panels are on smartphones nowadays, it might just be right to have it on game consoles as well isn’t it. The new 7-inch OLED panel is also slightly bigger than the current regular Nintendo Switch with 6-inch. Though OLED, screen resolution still remain the same at 720p.
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Better kickstand: Then there is the inclusion of a kickstand which offer a better balance on the device. Compared to the regular Nintendo Switch kickstand which isn’t so great and only support one angle, the new one should offer the much needed support and can be tilted at any angle and should be okay.
Better speakers: A better speaker is definitely going to be a great addition to the new Switch OLED if Nintendo doesn’t forget to add one to the device. Until we’re able to lay our hands on the actual devices in order to compare them both, it might not be fair to judge the current Switch.
More internal storage: There is a storage increase on the next-gen Switch OLED display which is going to double the current 32GB found on the regular Switch so 64GB or storage with support for MicroSD isn’t bad after all.
Dock has Ethernet support: The new Switch dock adds wired Ethernet, something the original Switch dock lacked. A nice plus, especially if you expect to stay docked.
Weight and size differences: Because the Nintendo Switch OLED display now pack 7-inch screen on, that will add up to the display size of the device as well as the weight. But there shouldn’t be anything too dramatic about the size and weight of the device all in all.
What you will not be getting
No 4K gaming: Quite disappointing considering the fact that there is now an OLED support however you will not be able to project your game to your 4K TV when docked just as mentioned above.
Same old Joy-Cons: There is nothing new about the Joy-Con controller which is a pretty classic addition for the Switch. It would’ve been great if Nintendo had included things like analog trigger to the Joy-Con controllers on the Switch OLED but the screen swap seems to just be the only thing really new.
No Bluetooth audio. There doesn’t seem to be any added support for Bluetooth headphones, which is maddening. The Switch and Switch Lite require wired 3.5mm headphones, unless you plug in a USB-C wireless headphone adapter.
Battery Life: Nintendo claims that you’ll be getting between 4 and 9 hours depending on how heavy you utilize the device which might be okay. There seems to have been some power management and efficiency with the upgrade so the battery life increase over the previous 3 to 7 hours of the current Switch might not be bad after all.
If it’s worth the wait?
Those who have tested out the new Switch OLED model made claims that they couldn’t pinpoint what is really awesome about the display over the LCD panel but I guess a longer usage of the device might further change that perspective.
But the fact that you’re unable to game in 4K when docked to a TV might not be very cool with many but there might be other things to consider such as the slightly better battery life compared to the current Switch or the Switch Lite and the US$50 addition to the pricing might not be a bad idea after all.