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Practical Comparison of Nintendo Switch OLED – Excellent Switch Console

The best Nintendo Switch Console (Photo: Nintendo)

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Since the beginning of the coronavirus, it has been impossible to organize previews of physical video games. From E3 to individual events in one game, there was nothing for over a year. The only alternative was an online event at Zoom or Discord. This typically involves watching pre-recorded footage and, in some cases, talking to the developer (or, more commonly, posting a question in a chat). The publisher has done its best, but nothing can be played except for some experiments on streaming.

I don’t know when that will change, and publishers don’t think so. Traveling abroad, in particular, needs to be normalized before things get closer to their previous state. There is light at the end of the tunnel as I attended the first British press event since the pandemic began last week. It was a short event that didn’t involve new games or developers, but it was the first hint that things might be slowly returning to normal.

As you can imagine, this event was aimed at the new OLED model of the Nintendo Switch. It’s hard to say until you actually see it, but once you see it, there’s not much to say except whether the new screen will look good. The short answer to that is that it does, but read for a longer answer …

The OLED model was announced last month to make sure everyone is speeding up. No The rumored Switch Pro. The existence of the Switch Pro is even more mysterious than it was before the OLED model was announced, but the important point is that this new hardware isn’t as powerful as the original hybrid Switch or handheld Switch Pro. about it. Except for twice the storage space (64GB instead of 32GB), the interior is exactly the same, so there is no 4K or battery life extension.

Nintendo says nothing about Joy-Cons being redesigned to avoid drifting. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn’t, but it’s officially exactly the same. However, the dock is also visually different in that it has an Ethernet port for wired internet connectivity. It’s not something we could test at the event, but the main attraction of the new model is the new screen, which is 7 inches larger than both the original (6.2 inches) and Switch Lite (5.5 inches). ..

But the most important thing about the new screen is clearly that it’s an OLED, not an LCD. This means a much better definition of color, with improved contrast between light and dark colors, which in theory should pop out of the screen much more than older models. Fortunately, Nintendo doesn’t run out of colorful video games to test it. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, Zelda: Breath of the Wild is provided as proof that the new screen makes a difference.

And it doesn’t. A race on Rainbow Road from Mario Kart shows how good the new screen is, especially when seen running next to an older console model. Suddenly, the original colors look faded and faded in comparison, but the OLED feels vibrant and clear. Even the more subdued colors of the Breath of the Wild look more vibrant. Anyone can tell the difference immediately. You’ll soon get used to it alone, but when you put it back next to your old console, you’ll suddenly feel it day or night.

Nintendo Switch OLED console

We were not allowed to take pictures of ourselves whether it was a press event (Photo: Nintendo)

With the desired viewing angle, you can get a clear image even if you hold it close to 90 °. The speakers are also excellent. This is evident from the fact that the speakers are much easier to see at the bottom of the console, allowing you to create a much clearer soundscape.

Most of the main differences in the OLED model are focused on handheld mode, but the kickstand has also been completely redesigned to run the full length of the console. Not only that, it’s very convenient because it can be set to any angle, but it’s also very comfortable because the hinges are very soft and I’m very happy with the movement.

The dock also has a glossy interior, a more acrylic-style exterior, and rubber feet on the bottom, which also feels unexpectedly pleasing and feels amazing. The flap on the back to access the port is a removable lid, begging for loss, but overall the new dock looks much better than the original dock.

The OLED model comes in two colors. One is the same neon red and blue Joy-Cons as the original model, and the other is the white Joy-Cons (slightly off-white to actually see). It was what we were playing with and looked brilliantly stylish compared to the more colorful alternatives.

The kickstand is strangely fun to play (Photo: Nintendo)

When is the release date of the Nintendo Switch OLED model?

The Switch OLED model will be released on October 8th, but the two big questions here are whether it’s worth it and who exactly it’s for. It’s just £ 30 more expensive than the original model and is definitely cost-effective. All improvements are obvious pluses, and the only real problem is that it’s £ 309.99, 60 pounds more than the Xbox Series S and just 140 pounds less than the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5.

But what has become clear since it was revealed is that OLED is not intended for people who already have the original hybrid model. For those who only have Switch Lite or no Switch at all. In this case, it is by far the best choice of the three models. Super fans will want to upgrade anyway, but it’s only worth it if you play the console primarily in handheld mode, or primarily for online games.

How to reserve a Nintendo Switch OLED model

It seems that most of the Switch OLED models are already sold out in terms of pre-orders. Very both versions are out of stock, Amazon does not list it at all, and GAME asks you to sign up for an email to register your interests. At the time of this writing, Argos still has the neon red / blue version available for pre-order, but at this point it is the only retailer in the UK that seems to have it.

In other words, OLED models will be very difficult to get from launch to perhaps Christmas. Like since the Nintendo Switch was first released. This is not a major upgrade and is not so advertised, but the OLED model is a positive improvement and we were happy to get it.

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