Nintendo Switch OLED model

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Nintendo announced a new version of its popular Switch game console on Tuesday.

The new model has a larger, more colorful screen and will be available on October 8 for $ 349.99. This price is a premium over the $ 299.99 for the Standard Switch and $ 199.99 for the Switch Lite.

The console will hit the market during a pandemic fueled gaming boom. At the same time, however, the high demand and ongoing chip shortage make it fundamentally impossible to simply buy a video game console. Sony and Microsoft, who launched new video game consoles last fall, still haven’t caught up with demand.

The following is new in Nintendo’s upcoming Switch console:

  • The new Nintendo Switch (OLED model) uses, as the name suggests, an OLED screen that is brighter and more colorful than the screen on the standard model.
  • It has a 7-inch screen versus the 6.2-inch screen on the standard version and the 5.5-inch screen on the Switch Lite.
  • It has improved speakers.
  • It has twice the memory of the regular model, but it can be expanded with a memory card, and the same estimated battery life of 4.5 to 9 hours depending on usage.
  • It has a new stand design that aims to improve its stability when placed on a table. The previous version sometimes fell over.

The Switch was a popular console for Nintendo, but faced shortages at the start of the pandemic. In May, Nintendo announced that it had sold 28.8 million consoles in the year through March. This year, 25.5 million consoles are expected to be sold.

The switch update is relatively iterative. OLED screens are already used across the gadget industry and are used in phones, tablets and televisions. While it has some additional features, like a dedicated jack to plug in an internet cable, most of the other hardware features appear to be similar.

It also lacks some things that gamers may have appreciated, like a sharper display with support for 4K content. The same games are played as the regular Switch and Switch Lite. Nintendo followed a similar strategy with its DS series of handheld devices and even the Game Boy before them.