In the Switch family of game consoles we can already count on a newcomer: the “OLED model”, which will be available on 8 October. After the original Switch in 2017, its 2019 update and then the Switch Lite, this is the fourth representative of Nintendo’s console. The Japanese manufacturer released a trailer and the technical specifications of the new model on 6 July, while the specialised press had been speculating for months about a possible “Switch Pro”. Here is a summary of the main features announced for this model.
A better screen
The console benefits from improvements in handheld mode. The Japanese manufacturer has opted for a better screen that gives the model its name. It is based on OLED technology, which does not use backlighting, unlike the LCD screens of other switches. This display has the particularity of using the light emitted by each individual pixel. This results in better contrast, especially with deeper blacks, as the light from the pixels is turned off.
This technology is currently used in high-end TVs and smartphones. In particular, it will be more flattering for darker games, such as Metroid Dread, a game set in a sci-fi world, which is shown in the trailer for the Switch’s OLED model and will go on sale the same day.
In addition, the screen will be slightly larger.
It will increase in size from 6.2 inches (15.4cm diagonal) to 7 inches (17.7cm diagonal).
In portable mode, the sound will be increased, and a stand on the back of the console will allow it to be placed on a flat surface for gameplay.
More of an upgrade than a revolution
In addition to a new white colour, the console features two notable upgrades: double the storage memory, from 32GB to 64GB, and an ethernet port in the dock that will delight gamers looking for a more stable connection for their online games or who want to speed up the download time of their games.
However, there is no improvement in terms of power. The processor remains similar to the previous Switch model (NVIDIA Custom Tegra). The console also doesn’t go to 4K and remains in the same HD format in handheld mode (720p) and in “full HD” on the HDMI output (1080p).
This new model is almost identical to the console’s 2019 revamp (with its new, less power-hungry Tegra X1 chip) than the supercharged “Switch Pro” fantasized by some fans.
This model will be compatible with all Switch games and accessories.
The console will be priced at $349, as indicated on Nintendo’s US website, and presumably €349 in Europe. If confirmed, this would make it a more premium model than the current Switch, which retails for €300 for its classic version, and €200 for its “Lite” version.
In March 2021, Nintendo announced that the Switch had sold more than 84 million units. It is currently Nintendo’s fourth best-selling console, behind the Wii (101 million units sold), the Game Boy (118 million) and the Nintendo DS (154 million).