The new Nintendo Switch OLED, as the name suggest, features a larger 7-inch OLED screen, a better kickstand, more internal storage, and minor aesthetic changes. Many people were anticipating for a Switch Pro and were unfulfilled. It’s basically a Switch with a bigger and more nice-looking screen.
The new Nintendo Switch OLED model displays a larger and nicer screen. This might justify its existence, and maybe its price of $350 too.
The screen appears to be brighter and more colorful than the first Switch. On Rainbow Road, the sharp contrast is mainly visible, as the luminous lights jumped out of the screen more vibrantly than the darker background.
One concern was that expanding the screen size while maintaining the same 720p resolution might cause pixels to stand out and cause jagged edges. When paused the operation and checked for pixels, they were more noticeable. On the home screen, noted some unfortunate anti-aliasing on thin text and the grass blades around Link on the Great Plateau. However, when started playing, the screen was bigger and everything was brighter.
We would highly recommend you to watch the Nintendo Switch OLED announcement trailer by the company on YouTube.
The Nintendo Switch OLED announcement trailer:
We don’t know whether the OLED panel has a Pentile or RGB arrangement at the sub-pixel level, but it appears to us to be RGB. Pentile would be evident even to folks who aren’t generally disturbed by it at 7 inches diagonal, in our opinion.
However, fixating on the new Switch OLED model is overthinking things. The purpose of this midlife update isn’t to entirely renovate or improve the Switch. It’s to create a variety that feels more quality and is more pleasing to play in handheld mode.
Redesigned Kickstand for Nintendo Switch OLED
We also can’t say enough nice things about the redesigned kickstand, which is finally up to par. Well, that fact is that the original Switch kickstand was not that great. This one runs the length of the gadget and may be changed to any angle from almost flat to any angle. It’s also stable, with just enough resistance to keep the console in place but not so much that adjusting its position is difficult. In tabletop mode, we could simply touch lightly on the top of the Switch to change the angle and eliminate glare from an overhead light.
Improved Sound quality for Nintendo Switch OLED
The speakers in the new Nintendo Switch OLED, which are a touch louder and have a little more clarity than the Switch Lite, are the final noticeable difference. But still headphones are recommended and the Bluetooth headphones are also supported. But these speakers should be decent enough to keep you from grabbing your headphones every time you switch on the Switch.
There is a slew of other minor design changes. Instead of facing backward, the bottom fan vents face downward to accommodate the new kickstand. Instead of being matte look, the bezel around the larger screen is now glossy black. The microSD card slot is in a slightly different location.
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There is an Ethernet port on the dock and output remains unchanged from the Switch’s existing 1080p, and the processor remains the same too. None of the hardware advancements on the OLED model apply if you play docked most of the time.
In conclusion – Nintendo Switch OLED
In general, Nintendo has somewhat enhanced the hardware’s overall fit and finish of the new Nintendo Switch OLED. Now, it still seems a nicer device with a nicer finish. It’s unclear whether this will apply to Joy-Con controllers that are less prone to drift, but we don’t believe Nintendo has made any significant changes. They’re also backwards compatible with old controllers.
So, the OLED form of the Nintendo Switch justifies its existence. However, It does not warrant an upgrade for the vast majority of people. The enhancements will not unlock new game experiences or capabilities, rather, they will make the current ones a little better.