Nintendo Switch vs Switch OLED: what are the differences?

After long months of waiting, the new Nintendo Switch OLED has finally been announced by Big N. It will be released on October 8. But what are its differences compared to the classic Switch? We take stock.

Nintendo Switch vs Switch OLED

For several months, rumors around the new NIntendo Switch have been rife. In particular, it was thought that it would be called Switch Pro or Super Switch. Big N has finally sold the wick by presenting the new iteration of its console. Named Nintendo Switch OLED model, it will land on the shelves on October 8, 2021. However, it is not the expected power monster, including no new processor and therefore not compatible with 4K. She doesn’t have any more living memory than her little sister.

However, the OLED Switch obviously has some arguments to make compared to the classic Switch. We detail their differences in this article.

Nintendo Switch vs Switch OLED : comparatif

A screen with more intense colors and better contrasts

This is the main novelty of this new model. As its name suggests, the Nintendo Switch OLED has a… OLED screen. A notable improvement since the base Switch only has an LCD screen which left something to be desired. If the definition remains the same (1280 x 720 pixels), the addition of this display technology will offer much more realistic renderings.

Concretely, the OLED screen of the Switch should offer more intense colors but also a much greater depth of contrast than the liquid crystal screen of the base model. As a reminder, OLED technology does not need a backlighting system, each pixel distilling its light. For the display of blacks, the OLED panel will only have to leave the pixels involved off. The latter will therefore not be pierced by light.

What significantly improve the realism of the displayed image. On the strength of this technology, the panel should also consume less energy. What’s more, its maximum brightness should be greater when the ambient light is strong (bright sun, heavy lighting).

A bigger screen

The Nintendo Switch screen measures 6.2 inches while that of the Switch Lite is 5.5 inches. For its part, the panel of the OLED Switch still reaches 7 inches while the size of the machine remains the same. To do this, its borders have been refined. On the other hand, one can fear that the resolution is less good quality. Indeed, the definition is still 1280 x 720 pixels even though the panel is more imposing. It would therefore be logical for the number of pixels per point to be lower.

In addition, the OLED Switch will be a tad heavier than the original Switch. It will thus weigh 320 grams against 297 grams for the first model.

A new color

The Nintendo Switch Pro will be offered in two different versions. The first model will have neon blue and neon red Joy-Con and a black charging station. As for the second model, it will have white and black Joy-Con as well as a white dock.

A new welcome support

The Switch’s kickstand was not a guarantee of stability. Therefore, the new model includes a new bracket in the box. This is suitable for putting the machine on a table and starting a game of Smash with a local friend. Spreading across the entire back of the Switch, this adjustable stand has the ability to adapt to your viewing angle. Note that this new dock will be compatible with the old Switch. It will thus be sold separately.

Upwardly revised memory

Those who were feverishly awaiting the arrival of a Switch with increased performance will have to take their troubles patiently. The OLED Switch remains almost identical under the hood as its little sister. The only difference is that it still has more storage space. While the Switch only had 32 GB of internal memory, the OLED Switch benefited from twice that, namely 64 GB. It will also always be possible to extend it through a microSD card.

An Ethernet port finally arrives

Many players insisted on it. In addition to two USB ports and an HDMI port, the OLED Switch docking station finally has an Ethernet port. Enough to offer a more solid connection for multiplayer sessions and game downloads. Players wishing to benefit from a better speed will be able to connect their wired machine to their router. With the basic Switch, you had to use a LAN adapter to be able to use an Ethernet cable.

Better sound

On the presentation page of the new console, Big N reveals that it has built-in speakers that deliver better sound. “Enjoy clear sound while playing both portable and tabletop mode”, thus promises the firm. It remains to be seen how this announced improvement will translate into practice.

A more expensive console

Expected for October 8, the Nintendo Switch OLED will cost $ 350, as announced by Bloomberg. Its price in euros should thus be close to 350 euros. Or 50 euros more than the classic Switch. Note that the OLED Switch will be compatible with all Switch games already released.

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