In a movement of complete surprise, Nintendo just announced the new Switch, called Nintendo Switch (OLED model), because of course that is the case.
Described as “the newest member of the Nintendo Switch family”, it is a 7 inch handheld computer with an OLED display, featuring an improved kickstand, better sound, a LAN port. wired in the docking station and—oh Nintendo—64 GB of internal storage. It will launch on October 8, the same day as Terror Metroid, and will cost $ 349.99.
In most cases it looks the same, but for a much smaller bezel allowing for a larger screen. In fact, it is exactly the same size as the OG switch and weighs only 0.05 lbs more. The Joy-Cons appear to be unchanged and will be interchangeable with the ones you already own.
This new screen is the big deal here, dropping from 6.2 inches to 7.0 inches, and being OLED rather than LCD. In what will be a surprise after the last months of speculation, the resolution of the device remains exactly the same at 1280 × 720, and it will still only increase to 1080p on your TV. It’s not the 4K switch many had hoped.
“The new Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is a great option for gamers who want to experience the new vibrant display when playing in portable and tabletop mode,” Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser said in a statement. release published a few minutes ago. “With the addition of this new model to the Nintendo Switch family of consoles, users have the additional choice of a console that best matches the gaming experience they want, whether it’s the Nintendo Switch (OLED model), Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite. ”
An improved full-width kickstand will definitely improve any of the stock switches literal weak points, but I think it’s fair to say – even setting aside the disappointment at the lack of chip upgrade or improved resolution – just about everyone is going to roll their eyes on the internal storage of 64 Go. The average phone comes with more than that now. That’s still double the ridiculous 32GB that came with the 2017 Switch, and it’ll at least always be expandable with micro SD cards, up to 2TB.
You can read and compare the specs with the old model on the official Nintendo website. Pre-order information is yet to come.