Nintendo Switch has never been the most up-to-date console on the market. But after seeing the impact of what was done a handful of upgrades were calculated for OLED’s new switch, it feels like Nintendo finally made a near perfect hybrid console.
The new Switch OLED is valued at $349, and for the dough, you get the following features:
- 7-inch OLED screen larger (up from 6.2 inches)
- Increased stereo speakers
- New dock with default ethernet port
- Fresh black and white scheme
- Redesigned kickstand
- 64GB storage, up from 32GB)
Obviously, the biggest change for Nintendo Switch OLED is a new 7-inch OLED screen, which outshines the screen quality resolution of most people’s smartphones, tablets and even some computers.
Greater screens make gaming in handheld mode that is much more fun, even with a slight decrease with the overall pixel density. When you hold an OLED switch about one and a half feet from your face or more, you cannot make individual pixels, so things look sharp like before.
The Switch upgrades its storage to 64GB. Although doubled from 32GB, you still might need more storage. If you have a switch for a long time or just run the game quickly, you will still go need a microSD card slot. But for more players or people who hold on to the same title for long stretches, the on-board storage that is added is only enough that you might not need to buy a microSD card at all, and it’s some potential savings there.
Because Nintendo can adjust the new 7-inch OLED screen into the switch by slimming the bezel-bezel and does not really increase the size of the overall system, the proportion of OLED switches is visible and feels better, which certainly adds overall soaking when playing games when playing travel. Frankly, even if Nintendo doesn’t increase anything, the new screen of OLED switches is worth everything.
The initial announcement of the OLED switch makes audio look more like a bonus than the core upgrade. But for people who enjoy audio, it is a real gift. Of course, it doesn’t approach 3D spatial audio or anything like that, and the OLED switch speaker won’t shake the room, but the new speaker adds a little clarity and details that you really appreciate.
When playing Metroid Dread, responsiveness that I get when controlling Samus almost makes it feel like the OLED switch screen offers a slightly reduced input latency, even though I admit that most are the results of new 2D metroids to play. There is no hatred for all the main fans of Metroid out there, but jumping, ducking, and shooting your way through the old school grid-based map just feels good, and happy to have a fresh round of the legendary franchise in 2021.
Then comes the new Ethernet port on the OLED switch dock, which is practically important for a competitive Super Smash Brothers, and is equipped with a bonus to help keep the mess behind your media console. The OLED switch kickstand displays a much wider base instead of the Nintendo Loli stick used before, so sustaining the OLED switch on the table actually felt like a reasonable idea and not a test to see whether breathing on the system was enough to make it fall.
For those of us who already have a switch, and don’t know if you want to upgrade. If you have the extra money or/and are a Nintendo supporter then buy. But if you’re ok with the current Nintendo Switch’s screen then keep your current Nintendo Switch.
But at the same time, the quality of the improved image you get from the OLED screen is large, and I can’t blame every time the switch owner who wants to buy.