New Nintendo Switch OLED Model Announced, Specs Largely Unchanged
An all-new version of the Nintendo Switch has been the subject of rumblings for over a year at this point, but Big N has largely responded with little else than a company-wide arm shrug. Today finally marked the awaited reveal of a new Nintendo Switch, boasting a number of nifty upgrades in the form of the Nintendo Switch OLED model. However, it looks like the upcoming hardware may not be the beast some may have expected.
As revealed in an official news release, the all-new model mainly sports an updated screen, featuring a crisp 7-inch OLED display over the current 6.2-inch LCD. In addition, the new Nintendo Switch will slightly reconfigure tabletop mode, offering a wider adjustable stand as well as an upgraded pair of stereo speakers. Lastly, the device is also set to double up its onboard storage with 64 GB and (finally) feature the addition of a wired LAN port located directly on the dock. Check out the new model’s announcement trailer below.
While a great majority of these features were definitely clamored for by members of the community, a peek under the hood reveals that the new Nintendo Switch OLED isn’t exactly packing much else. In fact, an official technical breakdown from Nintendo reveals almost no changes from the original model, with the only differences being the increased screen size and slightly heavier weight. However, a bright spot of this revelation may be that battery life looks to be unchanged, even when considering the larger display.
News of a new Nintendo Switch is not likely to surprise fans, but the console’s lack of hardware upgrades just might be. Over the past several months, various reports have suggested a much more capable machine in the works at Nintendo, including advanced rendering techniques as well as a significant upgrade to CPU and RAM. Unfortunately, the Nintendo Switch OLED doesn’t exactly live up to these expectations, with a Nintendo spokesperson recently hammering this point home in a statement with The Verge:
“Nintendo Switch (OLED model) does not have a new CPU, or more RAM, from previous Nintendo Switch models.”
The new Nintendo Switch OLED is currently set to release October 8th for the price of $349.99 USD. Though sporting a bigger size, Nintendo assured that all Joy-Cons are compatible with the new model, but noted some Labo accessories may not “cleanly fit” the new form factor. In all, white and black color options for the OLED are set to available at launch, the release coinciding with the upcoming Metroid Dread and acting as a launch title of sorts for the new system.
What do you think? Are you excited to get your hands on this new Nintendo Switch, or are you disappointed by the console’s lack of updated hardware? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more tech headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:
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