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Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) Launches October 8th

This Is Not The Pro You’re Looking For

OLED Model

Nintendo got this Tuesday morning off to an exciting start with the announcement of a new Nintendo Switch model. Fans may want to pump their brakes a little bit though. This is not the Pro version many have been speculating about for months. Instead, this is an updated OLED Model.

The Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) joins the Switch family on October 8th. This is the same day Metroid Dread hits the system and the white color for the dock and Joy Cons suggests that’s an intentional tie-in. A neon red/blue set will also be available. It has a MSRP of $349.99. The main enhancement here is a new 7 inch screen, compared to the 6.2 inch screen of the original. This appears to be accomplished largely through a smaller bezel as the system’s body appears similar in size.

A new screen isn’t the only enhancement. Nintendo also included a brand new kickstand. Stretching the length of the system and adjustable, this looks far more useful than the original. Improved speakers were shown off in the trailer below and they do sound impressive.

OLED Model

LAN Support built into the dock will excite some fans as well. You’ll no longer need an adapter to get the best experience playing online Smash. The system features 64GBs of onboard memory as well, upgradable with a microSD card. That feels small in 2021 but is an increase from the 32GBs in the original model and the Lite. Despite these upgrades, however, nothing indicates that the new Switch is any more powerful. That doesn’t mean there couldn’t be a small hardware boost here or there, but if it were major Nintendo would likely be trumpeting it. The system weighs a bit more, likely due to the larger screen. Despite that screen the battery life sounds more in line with the quiet refresh the system had a few years ago instead of the launch model, advertising

As someone still rocking a launch Switch who mostly plays in handheld mode, this seems like it’s built just for me. Fans who play more in docked mode or who were really looking for a power boost may want to hold off though. It also puts a serious damper on all the talk of a Pro Model. Does that even exist? Time will tell. This however feels a lot more like the Nintendo DS Lite than a New 3DS situation. What do you think of the Nintendo Switch (OLED Model)? Let us know in the comments below.

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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