Alright, a bunch of people from the gaming media had some hands-on time with the upcoming OLED Nintendo Switch last week, with impressions now coming out.
- The new Switch has few core changes save for a new fancy 7-inch OLED screen, up from 6.2 inches.
- Not much else has changed, and it’ll be $50 more for a $350 console that’s still hot.
Check it out:
What they’re saying:
- A bunch of the reviews say the screen is a big improvement, not just because of the shrinking bezels and larger screen overall, but it’s brighter and nicer looking. It’s still 720p, though.
- From Axios Gaming: “Last week, I played the upcoming “Metroid Dread” on the OLED model for 90 minutes and got sucked into the game, quickly forgetting about the screen. That’s what good games do. Only when I looked over at my original Switch did I again feel the impact of the screen size. Games on that one now feel like they’re playing in a picture frame.”
- CNET praised the screen (“It was immediately obvious that the new screen is a big deal”) but made a bigger point of how good the new, full-width kickstand is way better: “Instead of a wobbly strip less than one inch wide, the new kickstand runs almost the entire width of the system. Instead of snapping into one position, locked in at a specific angle, it’s highly adjustable and stays put at any angle along the way.” Hooray! That is a good improvement.
- Otherwise, the same Nvidia Tegra X1 chipset is in place, and no change to the Joy-Cons. The Switch OLED does come with double the internal storage, at 64GB, and the new dock has a built-in LAN connection port for reducing lag.
- No indication of long-term battery life, given the demands of the bigger OLED panel.
- Also, The Verge and others focused more on the coming Metroid Dread, which everyone at the press event seemed to play, and impressions from an hour or so of play seemed to be good.
- The official release date for the OLED Switch and Metroid Dead is October 8, though keep your eyes peeled as they seem to be available early if you’re crazy lucky?
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