The latest member of Nintendo lineage, an OLED edition of the Nintendo Switch, is heading to the market on 8th October. Announced on Tuesday, 6th July, the new Switch model is an upgraded model of the current generation, featuring a larger screen, more storage and an integrated Ethernet port on the new base.
The original Switch presented with a 6.2” LCD touch screen, but the new model will be at 7.0” with OLED technology. The length of the system will grow by 0.1”, from 9.4” to 9.5”, and the weight with attached Joy-Cons will increase from 0.88 lbs to 0.93 lbs.
With OLED technology, the handheld portion of the gaming experience will be much more crisp and vibrant, bringing it back to when the PS Vita, a system released before its time, was on the market with some of the clearest handheld images with its own OLED screen. Of course, putting it in the base won’t mean much difference between models, unless online gaming is more your style.
An Ethernet port on the back of the dock will allow for better internet connection as opposed to wireless, which means less lagging and more enjoyment on all ends. Wired connectivity is often a preferred method of online play, even with advances in wireless technologies.
The internal storage, now at 64 GB from what was once 32 GB, will allow for more data and games to be saved without the need of an external memory card, although a 128 GB micro-SD card wouldn’t hurt to have. Meanwhile, the back panel kick stand is also more adjustable on the new model, so there’s that if you do want to play some Mario Kart 8 with a friend on the go.
All past Nintendo Switch games will work with the new model, but per the Nintendo website, “game experience may differ due to the new capabilities of the console,” specifically referencing the larger screen size.
Once 8th October rolls around, there will be three Nintendo Switch options to choose from. The new OLED model will be priced at $349.99 MSRP. The original will still be around, currently a second-generation model, available at $299.99 MSRP. There is also a handheld-only Switch Lite for $199.99 MSRP.
Let us know in the comments if you’ll be trading up to the new model or if this is what you needed to jump on the Switch bandwagon.