Switch OLED tried out: This is how it plays on the premium model!

Switch OLED tried out: This is how it plays on the premium model!

Switch OLED tried out

After months full of rumors, alleged leaks and the pleading of some Switch owners for a technically upgraded Pro model, Nintendo let the cat Mario out of the bag at the beginning of July: From October 8, 2021, a new model of the hybrid console will be offered under comes along with a new, slightly larger screen in OLED format and a redesigned dock. At the same time, however, Big N gave up some hopes, because nothing will change in the performance or the internal components of the console. The OLED model is therefore not a hardware upgrade from PS4 Pro or Xbox One X, but rather a higher quality alternative to the standard version that is still available. Is the change still worth it?

Table of contents

1 Facelift for the plastic bomber 2 Advantages of OLED technology: Nintendo's colorful games, now even more colorful! 3 (Almost) everything the same as before 4 Who should strike? We were able to try out the finished, new model for an hour at Nintendo in Frankfurt and answer with a clear "It depends"!

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Facelift for the plastic bomber

Plastic screen, centimeter-thick bezels and a rickety kickstand - in the age of smartphones and tablets with aluminum housings and corner-to-corner glass screens, the good old Switch (buy now) is now really no longer an eye-catcher. This changes noticeably with the OLED model: At 7 inches (17.78 cm), the new display is a tick larger than the 6.2 inch (15.75 cm) LCD model - despite the almost identical housing dimensions. In other words: The OLED model comes a good deal closer to the borderless display trend of current smartphones. The difference in size is not as striking as when switching from a 3DS to the XL version, but it is clearly visible.

Nintendo Switch OLED tried out: This is how it plays on the new premium model! (5) Source: Nintendo And although the resolution of 1280x720 pixels has remained the same with the larger display, we hardly noticed any differences in sharpness. What we noticed immediately positively, however, is that the display looks more valuable even when it is switched off. We suspect that, in contrast to the plastic screen of the previous switch models, a glass screen is built into the OLED version, or at least a higher quality plastic was used. Nintendo did not want to give us a confirmation of what material the display is made of. The OLED switch is around 20 grams heavier than its older sister, so it is quite possible that the difference in weight is due to the new display material.


Otherwise, the housing is still made of plastic and it hardly feels any different from the LCD model, just a little heavier and therefore more valuable.

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In episode 153 of the Nintendo podcast, Johannes Gehrling and Lukas Schmid talk about the Switch OLED allegations against Nintendo - and much more! var lstExcludedArticleTicker = '1376944,1376997,1376389,1376322'; The only differences: The ventilation slots on the top are now a bit more discreet, and the kickstand has undergone a decent upgrade. The base is now almost as wide as the entire housing without Joycons and can be adjusted very smoothly and gradually. Anyone who likes to operate their switch in tabletop mode will be pleased that the device can now be set up much more flexibly. If desired, the kickstand can be folded up so far that the OLED switch is almost on its back, ideal for low coffee tables!

Advantages of OLED technology: Nintendo's colorful games, now even more colorful!

The best arguments in favor of an OLED screen are of course the stronger color display and the increased contrast, both of which were clearly visible in the test session. Zelda: Breath of The Wild now shines in brighter colors, looks less washed out and, with the dramatically better contrast ratio, ensures a livelier picture. Hyrule's vast fields have never been so beautifully green! The special thing about OLED screens: white tones are brighter and black tones are as deep black as the screen when it is off thanks to individually switchable pixels. With a classic LCD screen, on the other hand, the entire screen is illuminated by the same light unit, which means that black or dark sections are correspondingly too bright and appear rather grayish. Model! (3) Source: Nintendo

OLED displays are also known for their faster response speed, which for the new Switch would mean that controller inputs are implemented more quickly on the screen. We couldn't measure that, but we didn't feel a big difference. What we noticed immediately, however, is how much OLED technology is particularly suitable for the always colorful art style of most Nintendo games. In addition to the open-world Zelda, we also played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey, and the fun racer in particular, with its colorful look, is predestined for such a display. Sure, the new display type is not an absolute game changer, but in addition to the previous switch version, the OLED model undoubtedly looks more modern, more attractive and gaudy!

(Almost) everything is the same as it was before

Nintendo Switch OLED tried out: This is how it plays on the new premium model! (2) Source: Nintendo At least in handheld and tabletop mode, because the dock of the console and thus the TV mode changes little with the new model. The maximum resolution is still 1920x1080 pixels, the dock is backwards compatible with all switches except the Lite, and the corners have been rounded off a bit. What is really new here is the built-in LAN port, which replaces the USB port on the back of the dock - the two USB 2.0 ports on the side are still on board. Speaking of LAN: Since the OLED switch is currently equipped with the same WLAN chip as in the previous models, the connection for the Internet cable should ensure a somewhat more reliable connection. If you want, you can buy the new dock separately in the Nintendo online shop, also in Germany. The old dock is priced at around 75 euros, the price of the new model is still pending. After all: The new dock is also available in white to match the white joycons of the OLED switch.

Anyone who has hoped to be able to purchase the chic white controllers of the new model separately has a look inside: Although the hardware in the new Joycons is identical and therefore compatible with old switches, Nintendo will not sell the white controllers separately. So if you want to transform your old switch into the chic, PS5-like look of the OLED model, you still have to resort to third-party housings and transplant the Joycon innards yourself in fiddly detailed work. Incomprehensible!

Nintendo Switch OLED Tried: This is how it plays on the new premium model! (1) Source: Nintendo What should be more understandable, however, are the new speakers in the OLED model. In the hustle and bustle of the test event, we couldn't do any precise comparison tests, but the speakers seemed to be a bit clearer and clearer. We haven't yet been told what exactly Nintendo has changed about the roaring cubes. As an emergency solution, it is still passable, but no more than that. The remaining hardware features, including processor, battery life and Bluetooth chip (still only for wireless controllers) are identical to the switch model from 2019. The only difference: instead of just 32 GB, the OLED switch is now 64 GB internal storage.

Who should strike?

Nintendo Switch OLED tried out: This is how it plays on the new premium model! (6) Source: Nintendo Finally, the price question and our assessment of who the premium model could be worthwhile for: Depending on the retailer chosen, the OLED model currently costs around 350 to 360 euros, and thus costs 20 to 30 euros more than the LCD model. For those who do not yet have a switch, the small surcharge compared to the optically dusty LCD model is definitely justified, because the switch library is undoubtedly more beautiful to look at on the powerful display! However, if you already have a version of Nintendo's hybrid console, you should think twice about buying a new one: Ultimately, you pay 350 euros "only" for better display technology and a more stylish exterior, and the old switch dock can also be bought for little money extend the only new feature of the LAN dock via USB adapter, namely the said LAN connection.

Nintendo Switch OLED tried out: This is how it plays on the new premium model! (7) Source: Nintendo By the way: Nintendo also wants to continue to offer the LCD model, as well as the Lite model, of course. The OLED switch is intended to expand the console family and be offered as a new, additional option to players who want a modernized handheld experience with the docking function still in place. And it is tempting, this option - even a good bit more after the trial session than before - but whether it is tempting enough, whether it is above all tempting 350 euros, every Switch owner has to have his own wallet make up.

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