Nintendo Addresses Switch OLED Burn-in Concerns
Nintendo surprised a lot of folks when it announced the Switch OLED instead of the Switch Pro, forgoing enhanced specs and features for, well, a better screen. Said screen does come with its own nuances, though, as a known downside of OLED’s is the potential for burn-in, which is essentially when parts of a static image – logo’s, UI’s, video game HUD’s, etc – are ‘burned into’ the screen and persist in the background despite switching to another image. Nintendo has addressed concerns regarding this potential issue with the Switch OLED, though the company’s statement is little more than reassuring that some built-in features should prevent the issue.
In a statement to CNET, Nintendo responded to concerns regarding the potential for burn-in on the Switch OLED screen. “We’ve designed the OLED screen to aim for longevity as much as possible, but OLED displays can experience image retention if subjected to static visuals over a long period of time,” Nintendo explained.
However, users can take preventative measures to preserve the screen [by] utilizing features included in the Nintendo Switch systems by default, such as auto-brightness function to prevent the screen from getting too bright, and the auto-sleep function to go into ‘auto sleep’ mode after short periods of time.”
The Big N’s statement effectively boils down to the company saying that burn-in can absolutely happen on the Switch OLED, but not if users are careful and take advantage of the built-in fail-safes. Given that these fail-safes are on by default this is marginally reassuring, as more often than not casual gamers won’t think of things like screen burn-in. It isn’t quite the suite of preventative measures available on, say, LG TV’s, but it’s something.
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