DESPERATE for a Nintendo Switch 2? It’s finally here – but with a different name.
Here’s our guide to the Nintendo Switch OLED Model.
What is Nintendo Switch OLED?
The original Nintendo Switch launched back in 2017, to phenomenal success.
Gamers were enamoured with the two-in-one console that worked as a handheld device – and plugged into the telly too.
The console is regularly sold out around Christmas, and is now one of the most recognisable gaming machines in the world.
And now we have the Nintendo Switch OLED Model to look forward to.
It’s a pricier and more powerful version of the Nintendo Switch.
And it looks the part, too.
Nintendo Switch OLED design, specs and features
Nintendo says the console is largely the same size as the Nintendo Switch proper.
But it’s got a larger 7-inch OLED screen with “vivid colours and high contrast” – and a 1280×720 pixel resolution.
OLED is a new type of screen technology that most TVs haven’t even got yet – but is increasingly common on high-end tellies and smartphones.
When docked to a TV, you’ll get up to 1920 x 1080 resolution with 60 frames-per-second.
There’s a wide adjustable stand for tabletop gaming.
The stand flips out from the back of the console, and allows for tilting to get the best view of the screen.
And Nintendo has created a new dock with a wired LAN port for stable online play – meaning it’s taking online gaming seriously.
The new Joy-Cons come in a white colour, which is matched by the dock.
Of course, the classic red-and-blue colourway is still available.
Nintendo has fitted the new Switch OLED Model with 64GB of storage.
That’s double the 32GB in the standard Switch, a change that gamers have been calling out for since the original console launched in 2017.
Unlike the Switch Lite (and just like the Switch), Nintendo’s new console is suitable for TV gaming and handheld play sessions.
Nintendo Switch OLED release date and price
The new Nintendo Switch OLED Model release date is set for October 8.
If you already have a Nintendo Switch, you’ll be able to transfer your games and save data to the new console.
The new console costs $349.99 in the US, while UK retailers set their own prices.
Brits could probably expect to be somewhere in the region of £329 to £349, based on previous launches.
It’s more expensive than the $299/£279 Switch, and far pricier than the £199 Switch Lite.
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