Nintendo has finally revealed its long-rumored new model of Nintendo Switch – the Nintendo Switch (OLED Model). It will be released on October 8, and retail at $349.99 USD.
The upgraded machine – which many had taken to calling the ‘Switch Pro’ when it was being rumoured ahead of this announcement – features a larger 7-inch OLED screen (but the size of the console is unchanged from the base Switch model), a wider, adjustable base stand, enhanced audio, 64GB of internal storage, and a wired LAN port in the dock.
Contrary to previous reports, the new model doesn’t appear to offer 4K TV output, or improve performance. The new OLED screen, while providing an improved picture contrast, remains a 1280×720 resolution screen. Battery life remains the same as the improved base Switch model from 2019, at an estimated 4.5-9 hours.
The new model comes in two variants – the familiar red-and-blue colour combination of the original Switch (with a black dock), and one with with new white Joy-Con controllers, and a matching white dock. The new docks are mostly unchanged, aside from the LAN port and a more rounded edge. Pre-orders have not yet opened at time of writing.
Existing Switch docks, Joy-Cons, and other accessories will remain compatible with the new OLED model. The new Switch dock is also compatible with older Switch models, including its wired LAN port.
The new Switch has been timed to release on the same day as Metroid Dread, but no bundle has yet been announced. The trailer for the new model (above) shows yet-to-be released games like Metroid Dread, the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel, and Splatoon 3, but all footage appears to be pre-existing.
Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) Images
Despite saying that it was focusing on existing Switch models, and saying it wouldn’t announce a new model ‘anytime soon’ in February, reports continuously emerged about a new model of the hybrid console. We’d previously heard that the upgraded model would come with a larger screen and 4K output, and that it would offer improved graphics, support Nvidia DLSS, and would come in at a higher price point. It remains to be seen whether another new model is on the way.
Nintendo had a record-breaking year in 2020, driven by huge sales of Switch and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and is reportedly expecting to break that record again this year. That could be in part to do with the release of a new Switch, and getting existing owners to upgrade. The only impediment might be the ongoing global semiconductor shortage, which currently means Nintendo can’t physically make enough Switch consoles.