The latest version of the Nintendo Switch OLED with better speakers and a more stable stand is now listed online in the US. However, the release date is October 8, 2021.
Compared to the regular Nintendo Switch (approx. $299 on Amazon), the new console offers a 7-inch OLED display, better stereo speakers, 64 GB instead of 32 GB of flash memory, and a much larger and more stable base.
It was foreseeable that Nintendo would pay extra for these upgrades. Since pre-orders have not started yet, it is clear that the console will be available in the US for $349.99 via the Bhphotovideo.com and Bestbuy.com online stores. According to the list price, the OLED model costs a full $50 more than the old version, the price rises from $299 to $349.
The Nintendo Switch OLED, as the name suggests, the display is the decisive update – although it remains at a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, the diagonal grow from 6.2 inches to 7 inches, while an OLED panel will be used in the future instead of the mediocre LCD of the old console is installed.
Nintendo keeps a low profile when it comes to maximum brightness, but the manufacturer at least promises more intense colors. Due to the narrower bezels of the screen, the dimensions of the console remain practically unchanged; the new console is only 3 millimeters wider and 23 grams heavier. All Nintendo Switch video games and controllers are also compatible with the new model, nothing has changed on the Joy-Con.
Contrary to what many fans had hoped, there is no upgrade in terms of performance: The output via the dock is limited to 1080p resolution and 60 fps, Nintendo has also confirmed that the new console uses the same SoC and as much memory as the old model, so the performance is identical.
After all, Nintendo doubles the console’s memory from 32 GB to 64 GB, which can still be expanded by up to 2 TB via a microSD memory card. The battery life remains unchanged at 4.5 to 9 hours, depending on how demanding a game is. Aside from the display, there are mainly three major upgrades: stereo speakers with better audio quality, a dock with integrated LAN connection, and a wider base that should prevent the console from falling over so easily in table mode.