Nintendo Announces New OLED Switch Model Set for Release This Fall

On Tuesday, Nintendo officially announced it will release an OLED model of the Switch this fall, the same day 'Metroid Dread' is set to release.

A wall of Nintendo Switches on display.

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A wall of Nintendo Switches on display.

In a move that was previously forecasted, though perhaps some rumors fell flat (they are rumors), Nintendo has announced it will release a new iteration of the Switch set to be called *drum roll* the Nintendo Switch (OLED Model). Was hoping for maybe a little more oomph, but whatever. 

The most notable improvement will be a seven-inch OLED screen (up from the normal 6.2-inch LCD screen). It will also have a dock that’s intended to provide for better stability on a flat surface, a LAN port on the new dock (notable if you play Smash or something), 64GB of internal storage (twice that of the normal version), and “enhanced audio” with no further explanation yet on what that means. 

Rumors that the next Switch would have 4K resolution outputs are also not true, as it’s reported that the OLED model will still only support “up to 1080p via HDMI” when you play it on a TV. Battery life also appears about the same. At this moment it does not look like there are any hardware upgrades over the existing Switch. This means if you were interested in the reveal, but already have a Switch and often play it docked, you should ask yourself what difference this would make in your life. 

On that note: “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,” Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser said. “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.”

Here’s the announcement trailer:

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The OLED Model will come out on Oct. 8, 2021, the same day Metroid Dread is set to release. That may bode well for those interested in that game. The new model will retail for $349.99. Currently a Switch goes for $299.99, and a Switch Lite goes for $199.99. 

Releasing an enhanced version of a console several years into its life has fortunately or unfortunately become the norm (leaning toward the latter, but up to you here). Here are some early reactions to today’s announcement:

Nintendo announcing the new OLED Switch

— Zelda Gif World (@GifZelda) July 6, 2021

Maybe instead of getting mad at Nintendo, who never said a word about what the specs of the new Switch model were going to be prior to revealing it, get mad at internet bullshitters for feeding you a bunch of unfounded rumors and speculation in exchange for your clicks.

— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) July 6, 2021

So horribly disappointed with the new Nintendo Switch OLED specs & lack of improvements. Anyone know where I can preorder?

— Goldy (@GoldGloveTV) July 6, 2021

All the people pissed off about a Nintendo console refresh must be new...

We've been through this before, and Nintendo knows EXACTLY what we'll be doing with our money 💸

— Andrew Alerts (@AndrewAlerts) July 6, 2021

You already have a Nintendo Switch OLED if you plug it in an OLED HDTV.

— Falco X (@Falco_X) July 6, 2021

My Nintendo fan ass.

— Janet (on Vacation 🌴🍹) (@Gameonysus) July 6, 2021

gamers: can't wait to see that new Nintendo hardware!

new Nintendo hardware:

— Zachary Ryan (@ZachariusD) July 6, 2021

Nintendo gonna change the game by having an Ethernet port on their console

— rhyme (@Rhymestyle) July 6, 2021

What I like about Nintendo is they do what they want, not what you demand. Sure, it sometimes leads to Wiius but it also leads to some of your favorite gaming experiences.

— Matt Braly (@Radrappy) July 6, 2021

Nintendo Switch Oled

— bumaye (@bumaye63) July 6, 2021

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