The Nintendo Switch OLED Model will have a 7 inch OLED screen (compared to the 6.2 LCD screen of the original), a wide adjustable stand, enhanced audio (from improved speakers), and an ethernet port in its dock. It will also come with 64 GB of internal storage. In a very Nintendo-like fashion, they decided to announced it out of the blue for no discernable reason at all. Check out the trailer below:
This is not the Nintendo Switch Pro that many have been hoping for, or in some cases has been rumored to exist. This means there won't be more RAM or 4k support added to the system and it won't run every game at 60 FPS. While that is a shame, old Nintendo Switch's can use the new dock, which means that you'll no longer have to use a dongle to have ethernet with your Switch. Just buy the new dock, plug in your Ethernet cord, and plop in your old Switch, run a system update and you'll be dongle free.
“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.”
The battery is the same as the previous iteration of the Nintendo Switch, which means you'll get approximately 4.5 - 9 hours out of it and 5.5 hours if you're playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Can the Nintendo Switch OLED be used with Nintendo Labo?
For all 12 of you that are playing with their Nintendo Labo there's some distressing news:
Nintendo Switch system (OLED model) is compatible with the full library of Nintendo Switch games. However, the system will not cleanly fit within all the design parameters of the Nintendo Labo series. There may also be games where the game experience may differ due to the new capabilities of the console, such as the larger screen size.
So the answer is with compromise at best, which makes sense considering the 7-inch size of the screen, which is .8 inches bigger than the original 6.2 inch LCD screen. You can probably build a bigger Labo creation to fit your switch (especially for custom creations), but I guess we'll find out for sure in October.
There is also the 'classic' White/Blue-Red joycons available as well, which is nice, I guess, which will come one of two Nintendo Switch OLED models that are available. The first is the white set that you've seen in the trailer, and the other has a black main unit and black dock with neon red and neon blue joycons.
The Nintendo Switch OLED Model will launch on October 8, 2021 for $349.99.
What do you think of this announcement? Are you disappointed this isn't the rumored Nintendo Switch Pro? Let us know in the comments!