Another year, another new console from Nintendo. After much speculation, the new Nintendo Switch OLED, previously thought of as “Nintendo Switch Pro”, is finally announced. So the question for anyone with a Nintendo game right now is: Is this new console worth purchasing?
Instead of agonizing over getting the new console or not, take a deep breath and read 8 things you must know about the new Nintendo Switch OLED so far before you make the choice to pre-order them.
1. What is a Nintendo Switch OLED?
The Nintendo Switch OLED is the latest model in the Nintendo Switch console line, which includes the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch LITE so far.
2. What makes the Nintendo Switch OLED screen better?
Compared to previous models which used LCD screens, the Nintendo Switch OLED has an OLED screen, which controls each pixel displayed independently, allowing a more vivid display of colors and contrasts. In other words: Your games look better, especially those with large in-game worlds like Mario, Legends of Zelda, and Pokémon.
3. How big is the Nintendo Switch OLED screen?
The Nintendo Switch OLED has a seven-inch screen, which is somewhat larger than the 6.2 inches of the current Switch. However, this is moot if you prefer playing your game with your console connected to the TV. Also, the OED screen remains at the 1280 x 720 resolution.
4. What about the battery life?
The Nintendo Switch OLED has a battery life of 4.5-9 hours, a substantial difference compared to the 2.5-6 hours of the launch version of the console. If you are somebody who travels a lot, the difference in battery life means longer playing time and less bored-out-of-your-mind time.
5. What about its performance?
While there is no confirmation from Nintendo just yet, rumor has it that a new chip that supports playing games at 4K, twice as much as the current 1080 resolution. Also, it is said to be powerful enough to handle older titles that the current models struggle to play.
However, the truth is that the model continues to use the Nvidia chip that’s in the current Switch.
6. How much does the Nintendo Switch OLED cost?
The new Nintendo Switch OLED costs $349 per console, $50 more than the Nintendo Switch, and $150 more than the LITE model. The higher definition from the OLED screen is not cheap.
7. When can I shop for this Nintendo Switch OLED console?
While there is no official date for pre-order just yet, the Nintendo Switch OLED will be available on October 8th. So maybe you should skim a bit of money for the neighborhood children and decorations this Halloween if you are aiming for the new model.
8. Should you upgrade your Nintendo Switch to its OLED version?
It depends. If you already own a Switch console, then the answer is maybe at best. The Switch OLED console doesn’t offer much compared to its previous models, minus a better display of your title, of course. After all, $349 is a sizable investment into something that only makes your games look pretty.
If you haven’t owned a Switch console yet and are on a budget, go for the LITE model, it’s a lot cheaper than the OLED, yet still does the job just fine. However, if you have money to spare, then you should give the OLED mode a try. It is an upgrade compared to previous models.
The reveal of the new Nintendo Switch OLED is somewhat of a letdown, especially after years of speculation about its power and configurations. Still, if you are looking for a Switch model, prepare to go on the hunt, as the release of the Nintendo Switch OLED means there will be a lot of secondhand Switch consoles on sale, some even with huge discounts too.