Nintendo has just created a surprise by unveiling a brand new version of the Nintendo Switch:a OLED switch. If its name is something new, that’s normal – although we expected for months that Nintendo instead launch a “Switch Pro”, it seems that the manufacturer has preferred to opt for a third way.
A good look at the official comparison table, there are indeed very few differences with the current model. The main thing is in the name: LCD display which frankly was not breathtaking, is replaced by an OLED panel. There is now also an ethernet port on the charging station when the console is in TV mode. And some minor improvements, such as a wider, stable and solid adjustable stand and an improved audio system.
Nintendo might not launch a real Switch Pro for a long time
There is also a new color white (console + JoyCon). The controllers remain detachable and do not otherwise change design. The definition of the screen of the device remains, also of 1280 x 720 px as on the current model. The same can be said of the autonomy which remains the same (between 4.5 and 9 hours depending on the games). With 320 g against 297 grams, the device is barely heavier than the current model. Nintendo however notes in barely visible grayed-out mentions that the two devices do not have exactly the same shape and that this can cause problems with certain accessories:
“There may be differences when using certain Toy-Con accessories from the Nintendo Labo series”. And the constructor to add: “Differences could also be noticed when using other software due to the new features of the console, such as its larger screen”. Nintendo is not talking for the moment of changing the chip, which would have given it characteristics worthy of the Switch Pro that we expected.
In fact, we remember a recent interview with Nintendo of America boss Doug Bowser (yes, he has the same name as Mario games villain) in which he explained: “We are always attentive to technological developments and how technology can improve gaming experiences. We don’t value technology for technology, but how it can improve a gaming experience. And then, where to apply this new technology ? ”
The manager added: “Should we apply it to existing consoles, or rather wait for a new platform? There are a multitude of factors that come into play, and this is a question we keep asking ourselves. […] As it enters its fifth year of marketing, the Switch truly redefines the life cycle of a console and its overall dynamism, thanks to regular and significant outings ”.
We therefore understand very well with this little sentence from Doug Bowser and the release of this “non-Switch Pro” that Nintendo is not in a hurry, and could still give itself time before launching a real successor to the Nintendo Switch which would have slightly more protruding silicon muscles. The new OLED Switch hits the market on October 8, 2021.