Nintendo has unveiled its long-rumoured upgrade to the Switch, with a new model featuring a larger, better screen.
The Switch OLED Model’s main feature is its OLED screen – a technology which offers deeper blacks and better colours than most LCD screens like those on the original Switch. It will launch on 8 October, costing £50/$50 more than the current model.
But the new revision does not feature some of the rumoured improvements fans may have expected. The so-called “Switch Pro” was widely expected to be announced ahead of or at this year’s E3 gaming event in June.
Despite attempts by Nintendo to downplay expectations, some rumours suggested the new model would feature more processing power and advanced processing technology which would drastically improve its graphics.
The OLED screen, as well as offering better colours and sharper contrast then the previous LCD version, is also marginally larger – at seven inches, up from 6.2 inches.
It runs at the same 1280×720 resolution as its predecessor – far lower than most new consoles, but on a much smaller handheld device. There is also no improvement to battery life – but no reduction either, with the new device promising the same amount of playtime despite the larger screen.
A wider tabletop stand now runs the entire width of the console, replacing the flimsy and unstable kickstand which many users complained about in the original Switch.
The new version will have a built-in LAN port for wired network cables. Competitive gamers such as those in the Super Smash Bros fighting game community have long complained about the Switch’s reliance on Wi-Fi, which is less optimal for online gaming than a wired connection.