Tuesday, July 6th 2021

Nintendo Announces Nintendo Switch (OLED model) With a Vibrant 7-inch OLED Screen, Launching October 8th

The Nintendo Switch family of systems is about to gain a new member. On Oct. 8, Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will launch at a suggested retail price of $349.99, giving people another option for how they want to play the vast library of games on Nintendo Switch. Click here to view the video announcing the new system.

Nintendo Switch (OLED model) has a similar overall size to the Nintendo Switch system, but with a larger, vibrant 7-inch OLED screen with vivid colors and crisp contrast. Nintendo Switch (OLED model) also features a wide adjustable stand for tabletop mode, a new dock with a wired LAN port, 64 GB of internal storage, and enhanced audio for handheld and tabletop play. Just like Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch (OLED model) allows players to play on the TV and share the detachable Joy-Con controllers for right-out-of-the-box multiplayer fun. And just like both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, with Nintendo Switch (OLED model), the system can be taken on the go to enjoy its play-anywhere versatility. A carrying case and screen protector set for Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will also be available.
Nintendo Switch (OLED model) launches on Oct. 8, the same day as the Metroid Dread game, the next entry in the 2D Metroid saga that kicked off with the original Metroid on NES. With the vibrant OLED screen and enhanced audio, embarking on the latest adventure of intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran in Metroid Dread while playing in handheld or tabletop mode will feel even more immersive.
"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," said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. "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."

Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will let players experience enhancements in all three play modes:

TV mode: Set the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) system into the dock to play Nintendo Switch games on the TV. By using the built-in wired LAN port, players can enjoy another way to connect online in TV mode.

Tabletop mode: Flip the stand on the back of the system and use the system's screen to play multiplayer games using two Joy-Con controllers right out of the box. A wide adjustable stand makes for a solid and sturdy foundation. It allows players to freely tilt the system and adjust the viewing angle, so it makes it easier to see the screen.

Handheld mode: Players can bring the system wherever they go in handheld mode and play local* or online** multiplayer with friends. The system's 7-inch OLED screen provides vivid color and crisp contrast.

When the system launches, it will come in two color options:
  • Nintendo Switch (OLED model) white set, which features white Joy-Con controllers, a black main unit and a white dock.
  • Nintendo Switch (OLED model) neon red/neon blue set, which features neon red and neon blue Joy-Con controllers, a black main unit and a black dock.
All previously released Joy-Con for Nintendo Switch are compatible with this new model. Additionally, Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is compatible with the full library of Nintendo Switch games.***

For anyone that picks up this new system and wants to transfer their digital games and save data from another Nintendo Switch system, details about the transfer process can be found at https://support.nintendo.com/.

Check with local retailers for pre-order information soon. For more information about the system, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/oled-model/.

Remember that the Nintendo Switch family of systems features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.* Additional games, systems and/or accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Games, systems and some accessories sold separately.
** Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online.
*** Nintendo Switch system (OLED model) is compatible with the full library of Nintendo Switch games. However, the system will not cleanly fit within all the design parameters of the Nintendo Labo series. There may also be games where the game experience may differ due to the new capabilities of the console, such as the larger screen size.
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76 Comments on Nintendo Announces Nintendo Switch (OLED model) With a Vibrant 7-inch OLED Screen, Launching October 8th

#1
Chaitanya
I really hope they also update their Lite with OLED screen, there are some really good platform games which is making this console quite tempting.
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Turmania
Definetely getting this version for my kid.
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Rithsom
The OLED screen is cool, but does the new console have an improved processor? Will there be support for 4K and DLSS? If not, then I see no significant reasons to buy this new one if you already own an original Switch.

If you're looking to buy a Switch for the first time, however, this OLED model is definitely the one to go for.
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#4
P4-630
RithsomThe OLED screen is cool, but does the new console have an improved processor? Will there be support for 4K and DLSS? If not, then I see no significant reasons to buy this new one if you already own an original Switch.
The resolution of the screen and the resolution in TV mode have not changed, namely 720p and 1080p respectively.
The refresh rate also remains 60 Hz. All current games are compatible with the new console, while the Joy-Con controllers are also interchangeable.
Nintendo is not clear about a possible new processor.
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#5
zlobby
Here come the burn-ins!
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#6
Xex360
I was very disappointed by the Switch hardware when it launched, Pascal was ready but they went for Maxwell, and then 4gb of ram is very low. Now it's just pathetic.
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lynx29
zlobbyHere come the burn-ins!
the Vita had OLED as well and never really had burn in issues. most people don't play 10 hours straight. but a few hours with a short break in-between, which is enough to prevent burn in.
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#8
The Quim Reaper
Turd level internals rolled in OLED glitter...but it's still a turd.
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#9
windwhirl
The Quim ReaperTurd level internals rolled in OLED glitter...but it's still a turd.
+85 million units sold and counting tell a different story.

Just because it doesn't have overpowered internals doesn't make it a turd.

You're just not the target for this console.
Xex360I was very disappointed by the Switch hardware when it launched, Pascal was ready but they went for Maxwell, and then 4gb of ram is very low. Now it's just pathetic.
I don't know, a lot of people seem happy with it.

Though I can agree that it's starting to look a bit long in the tooth.
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#10
lynx29
I most likely will be getting this, white version if possible. Will be fun to play all my favorite Indie games in OLED glory... only issue I have really is I don't think I should have to buy all these indie games a second time... really wish developers would let you link your steam account to your Nintendo Switch... :/
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#11
windwhirl
lynx29I most likely will be getting this, white version if possible. Will be fun to play all my favorite Indie games in OLED glory... only issue I have really is I don't think I should have to buy all these indie games a second time... really wish developers would let you link your steam account to your Nintendo Switch... :/
Outside of the game keys devs provide, I doubt either store is interested in offering that. Cuts right into profits.
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#12
lynx29
windwhirlOutside of the game keys devs provide, I doubt either store is interested in offering that. Cuts right into profits.
ye. maybe I will just stick with PC. problem with Nintendo is none of their games ever go on sale really. Sorry, but I am not paying $40-60 for games that are 3-5 years old... lol
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#14
The Quim Reaper
shk021051what happened to pro verison
Too many suckers throwing money at them for utter crap hardware, for them to have any incentive whatsoever to offer anything better...
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#15
Logoffon
zlobbyHere come the burn-ins!
I'm more interested in seeing these happening to those units instead.

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#16
Chomiq
Too little too late. This thing should have a brand new Tegra chip.
LogoffonI'm more interested in seeing these happening to those units instead.

Dunno what you're doing to your phones but out of 2 phones with OLED screens I had literally 0 issues with them. Not to mention you're showing examples of curved OLED screens (probably manufactured by Samsung) and this new switch has a flat panel instead.
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#17
defaultluser
No new processor, for an Soc Announced in 2015.

For anything more challenging than Animal Crossing or Mario cart, you need a beefier processor in 2021.
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#19
skizzo
lynx29the Vita had OLED as well and never really had burn in issues. most people don't play 10 hours straight. but a few hours with a short break in-between, which is enough to prevent burn in.
I know the point you're trying to make here but it is fundamentally flawed. 10 hours of time on an OLED screen is the same as ten separate days of 1 hour on an OLED screen. burn in isn't "reset-able" by taking time off away from it. I don't think burn in will be a problem really on the Switch, but your statement or thought process on this is wrong. Even rtings.com one of the best TV review sits out there in my opinion and other manufactures have said so. A quote directly from rtings burn-in test saying it is considered "cumulative, so static content which is present for 30 minutes twice a day is equivalent to one hour of static content once per day." www.rtings.com/tv/learn/real-life-oled-burn-in-test
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#20
Hardware Geek
I'm disappointed but not surprised while I'm absolutely certain they have a successor in the works, they can sell this new switch at a greater profit with minor updates. I'm guessing it will be 2023 before we see a true switch successor.
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#21
TheinsanegamerN
Xex360I was very disappointed by the Switch hardware when it launched, Pascal was ready but they went for Maxwell, and then 4gb of ram is very low. Now it's just pathetic.
Oh noes, only 4 gigglebits? How will i ever play my mario games without a terrabyte of RAM?

Also, reminder, there was no true pascal tegra chip for consumers. The X1 was as far as nvidia bothered. That's not nintendo's fault, that's on nvidia. Even nvidia's own shield never got an upgrade to the tegra X2, clearly there was something more to why nintendo didnt use it, it seems nobody was allowed to buy it.

IDK why everyone cares so much about muh processing power. The PS4 and xbone were way more powerful and mostly had libraries of repetitive brown open world games. Woah, so amazing. At the ned of the day, the quality of the games on a system are way more important then the number of pixels, and the switch has a fantastic library of games. Who cares if they are in 1080p or dithered 4k smear-o-vision?
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#22
oldwalltree
Just in time for the scalping season...i mean holiday season.
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#23
my_name_is_earl
I was hoping they update the GPU. Some game suffer massive frame drop when populated with effect.
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#24
Andyr
RithsomThe OLED screen is cool, but does the new console have an improved processor? Will there be support for 4K and DLSS? If not, then I see no significant reasons to buy this new one if you already own an original Switch.

If you're looking to buy a Switch for the first time, however, this OLED model is definitely the one to go for.
I agree - it's a good option for anyone new to Switch. It's not the upgrade option people were looking for unfortunately - people are crying out for a better experience on 4k screens.

Maybe they'll blindside us and release an upscaling dock?
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#25
R-T-B
zlobbyHere come the burn-ins!
If they are using modern panels I doubt it will be a big issue. They have pretty wild tolerances before burn-in shows.
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