The new Nintendo Switch with OLED screen is without a doubt the best iteration of Nintendo’s hybrid gaming device to date. It’s the Switch as it should have been four years ago, with a better kickstand, a stunning screen, additional internal storage, and a LAN connector in the dock, allowing you to connect to your network with a cable for quicker speeds.
Is it, however, a must-have? It all depends on the situation.
Great, That OLED Screen
The OLED screen on the Nintendo Switch is stunning. When compared to a typical LED display, OLED technology produces darker darks and more brilliant colors. The bezels (the borders around the display’s functional area) are thinner, resulting in a larger functional screen (7-inches diagonal, as compared to 6.2 on the older Switch model). When compared to the original Switch, the outcome is clear: the new OLED version simply looks better.
When you plug the new Switch into the dock designed to project games onto a large screen, though, the advantage vanishes. Both the old and new Nintendo consoles output 1080p to your TV for easy compatibility with all current Switch games. The resolution is also far lower than that of consoles such as the Sony PS5 or Xbox Series X, which offer 4K gameplay.
If you’re a Switch newbie, you can enjoy the OLED screen’s magnificence when it’s in handheld mode and never have to worry about it when it’s docked to your large TV. The thrill is palpable yet subtle if you’re upgrading from an earlier Switch model. It’s simple to get acclimated to the larger, more animated screen, but it’s also simple to switch back. When you’re playing a game, the size of the bezels doesn’t matter as much.
That’s not to suggest the new OLED Switch isn’t an improvement over the old one. The internal memory has been increased from 32GB to 64GB, providing plenty of room for games and save data before you need to invest in an SD card, which, like the older model, has a maximum capacity of 2TB. So, while there is no practical difference between the versions, 64GB is a good place to start for a novice buyer.
The new TV dock, as well as the older dock version, are compatible with both the new OLED Switch and the older variant. They both use HDMI to connect to your television and can output up to 1080p video. The new white one, on the other hand, has a few new features, including a removable back panel that allows for easier access to the input ports. For individuals who seek lag-free multiplayer gaming or (in the case of upgraders) those who need to download enormous gaming libraries to the new console, the addition of a LAN connector in place of the older model’s USB port is wonderful.
The kickstand on the Switch OLED is a huge upgrade over the original. The latest variant extends the length of the console’s back and may be held at any angle on a flat surface. When that flat surface isn’t a desk, table, or airline tray, the broader stand can help, making watching Hulu or playing a game in bed more possible if that’s your thing. The redesigned kickstand is especially beneficial if you play multiplayer games with buddies on the fly. Even if you don’t, having more viewing angles is always a plus.
Aside from that, there are new power and volume buttons, as well as a redesigned heat vent and what appears to be a recessed reset button.
The game card slot and the headphone jack appear to be identical (though you can now use Bluetooth headphones with any model Switch).
My kids are well past the point where they can share a Nintendo Switch as a family. We bought the model with the grey Joy-Con controllers when we initially got one in 2017. We promptly purchased new ones in purple and orange to match the vibe of the console, which is characterized by a playful, youthful enthusiasm reflected in the games Nintendo favors.
My children, on the other hand, are now at college and have their own Switches. The new white color on the OLED Switch and dock is lovely and complements our living room decor well (white walls, white TV shelf, etc.). It looks good next to the other black gaming consoles, and I’m expecting it’ll go well with the white PS5 I’m still hoping to get when they’re back in stock.
Overall, the monochrome design (you can still get a new OLED model with a black dock and red/white controller color scheme) is ideal for my more mature appearance. Is it really that important? No, however, it gives the impression of a more refined experience, which has a modest influence on my tastes.
The Switch OLED is a stunning update to an already outstanding hybrid gaming console that’s great to play at home or on the road. Should you, nevertheless, invest in a new Switch OLED? If it were an iPhone, legions of tech fans would scream “evolutionary, not revolutionary!” The new model is a very slight change; if it were an iPhone, legions of tech fans would scream “evolutionary, not revolutionary!” They wouldn’t be mistaken. It is a superior model, but is it sufficient?
If you’re new to Nintendo’s hybrid game device, the new Switch OLED is worth the extra $50. With the magnificent screen, kickstand, and yet lovely TV connection to inform your playing time, you’ll see the value of all the features right away (not to mention all the amazing Switch games you can now play).
The decision for current Switch owners is more complicated. It’s a toss-up after you get past the extra perks of the more recent hardware. If you’re a regular Switch gamer who mostly uses it in portable mode, upgrading is a good idea. In any case, you’ve presumably already ordered or got yours. If you consider the Switch to be one of many gaming console alternatives, or if you primarily use is linked to your television, you might want to hold off until the rumored Pro is out (Nintendo continues to maintain it has no plans for such a beast, but perhaps it’s just being cagey).