Improved Graphic Fidelity, a substantial Kickstand and a greater Internal Storage capacity, what we have been waiting for is finally here!
As I sat down for Lunch today, I checked my phone and found that it was inundated with two words: OLED Switch! There have been rumours of a third iteration of Nintendo Switch for some months, some swearing that such information was merely apocryphal and some unwilling to concede that a 4K Pro Switch was not on its way. Turns out that there was truth in both camps; there was a gift in the pipeline, but it isn’t the Pro (which might be yet to come), it is the Nintendo Switch OLED Model.
Arriving in both White and Neon Red/Blue editions, the Switch OLED boasts a larger 7” screen, an over 10% increase in size in comparison to its predecessor. With greater surface area comes greater responsibility to enjoy OLED display rather than the former LCD format. I think it will be hard not to enjoy the new Switch models graphics as OLED screens tend to imbue visuals with authentic, more profound colours than its LCD-based competition; our gaming experience will likely be intensified by the enhanced dynamic range of the screen: deeper blacks, unprecedented contrast effects – it is going to be magnificent. Now entertaining a wired LAN port, we can enjoy superior graphics as well as greater ethernet-based Wi-Fi stability, reliability and speed when using the Switch OLED in 1080p docked Console Mode.
'Our gaming experience will likely be intensified by the enhanced dynamic range of the screen: deeper blacks, unprecedented contrast effects – it is going to be magnificent.'
The Switch has historically, like any prestigious console, wholly stimulated the senses, it feels good, it looks good, but the visuals, whilst in classic Nintendo style, didn’t fare up well against the Xbox Series X and Series S or the PlayStation 5. In many ways the Nintendo Switch didn’t need to conform for it possessed many other advantages: portability and accessibility, freedom to play wherever, whenever to name but a few, but now strutting along with OLED functionalities, the Switch is set to close the gap the ninth-generation has brought about. To make matters even better, the Switch OLED will now incorporate enhanced audio capabilities to mitigate the permanent need for headsets; if you forget your headphones – pas de probleme – the OLED Switch has you covered. The Switch OLED ticks all of these boxes whilst maintaining up to a 9-hour battery life, which is quite some feat when making allowances for the fidelity upgrades: one large step forward, zero steps back.
Donning both a wider and now-adjustable Kickstand, users can opt to calibrate the height of their Switch in Tabletop Mode as well as enjoy improved stability and less rattle as they play. A mild controversy followed the standard model of the Switch for reasons relating to the fragility of the Kickstand, yet as of October 8th 2021, the official release date of the Nintendo Switch OLED Model, we can, if need be, hone our sights onto a console with an arguably more substantial base.
As I saw the headlines and the texts telling me to check the Nintendo site, my first thoughts didn’t concern the design of a potentially fresh iteration of the Switch nor did I consider game or Joy-Con compatibility, although the OLED Switch works with all Joy-Cons and Switch games, but won’t ‘cleanly fit with the design parameters of the Labo series’. I was anxious only about the internal storage of a new model. I accessed the website, scrolled to find the specs and I saw it: 64GB. 64! Double! Just incredible. Taking into account the space the system itself reserves we will likely be left with just over 55GB, leaving us to fill our boots with whatever eShop (or saved data) selections that take our fancy.
'I was anxious only about the internal storage of a new model. I accessed the website, scrolled to find the specs and I saw it: 64GB. 64! Double! Just incredible.'
In coming weeks we will have ourselves a feast of information regarding the particulars of the Nintendo Switch OLED Model. Keep an eye on the Electric Games socials and blog area – we will keep you in the loop! In the meantime, you can Register Your Interest with us.
Written by Joel Gunner
Images sourced from Nintendo.