The next edition of the Nintendo Switch system has been the subject of rumors for almost a year. Fans were confident that the new and improved Switch Pro would be unveiled at last month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), but we were all disappointed when it didn’t. However, it was only a matter of time before Nintendo delivered us what we all wanted, and the Nintendo Switch is now available (OLED Model).
Let’s start with the facts before deciding if the wait was worthwhile, starting with the release date and pricing point. The Switch OLED Model will be available on October 8th for $349.99. This is also the same day as the release of the newest Metroid game, Metroid Dread, so expect a bundle pack. It has a bright 7-inch OLED screen and double the internal storage space of the original Switch, with 64GB of internal storage and up to 2TB of extendable storage.
Despite having a somewhat larger screen at 7.0 inches, this is only a.8 inch improvement over the ordinary Switch’s LCD screen. It’s the same size as a standard switch, but it’s half a pound heavier. The Joy-Cons haven’t changed, however the stand has been altered to a wider range. Despite what everyone had hoped for, and what we were all certain would happen… There is no 4K, and the resolution stays unchanged, albeit you can now output to 1080p on your TV instead of 720p.
The LAN port, which connects directly to the internet rather than relying on Wifi, is the most significant innovation.
The Switch OLED is due out on October 8, and preorders are expected to open soon at the links above. Keep an eye out later this year for our hands-on testing and judgement.