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Nintendo Switch: OLED model announced for October 8th worldwide

After months of speculation, Nintendo have finally announced a brand new model of Nintendo Switch. As mentioned in previous reports by Bloomberg, this new model will indeed offer a bigger screen (7 inches instead of 6.1 inches), using the OLED technology, but no beefed up specs. It will be released on October 8th worldwide (same day as Metroid Dread) for $349 / 37 980 Yen.

Here’s the reveal video:

On paper, this new model looks like an evolution of the current hybrid model, rather than a mid-gen upgrade like the PlayStation 4 Pro or the Xbox One X. The main differences are:

  • OLED screen, 7 inches big instead of 6.1 inches for current hybrid model
  • wide adjustable stand for tabletop mode
  • a new dock that sacrifices one of the USB ports for a wired LAN port (it will also be available for purchase separately)
  • 64GB of internal storage (twice as much as current hybrid model)
  • new speakers that offer better audio while in tabletop or handheld mode

The Nintendo Switch OLED model will come in two colours at launch:

  • 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.

Naturally, this new model is compatible with all existing games, though it’s not clear if there will be any improvements performance-wise (this seems rather unlikely at the moment). All accessories (Joy-Cons, Pro Controllers) are compatible, with the exception of the Nintendo Labo Toy-Cons (the console will not always cleanly fit).

For more details and pictures for the Nintendo Switch OLED model, make sure to check out the official website! The European website also features the official specs, though there’s nothing particularly interested in there, unfortunately.

Source: Nintendo PR


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