Nintendo today announced a new Switch model which it is marketing as the Nintendo Switch (OLED model).
The new Switch has a 7-inch 720p OLED display, which is the major upgrade from the last Nintendo Switch. The latest addition to the Switch family boasts an improved kickstand, better audio quality, a new dock with a wired LAN port and a 64GB internal storage (x2 from the last). The new OLED Switch will be available from October 8 and it will cost $350.
The new OLED Switch will support up to 1080p via HDMI in TV Mode. Internally, the CPU and RAM remains the same as the previous Switch models, a Nintendo spokesperson confirmed to The Verge. The full tech specs have been outlined on the official site.
“The new Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is a great option for players who want to experience the new vibrant screen when playing in handheld and tabletop mode,” Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser said in a press release. “With the addition of this new model to the Nintendo Switch family of systems, people have an additional choice of a system that best fits the gaming experience they desire – whether it’s Nintendo Switch (OLED model), Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite.”
The new OLED Switch weighs 0.71 pounds which is slightly heavier than the original Switch at 0.66 pounds. Battery life lasts up to nine hours but Nintendo says it can be shorter when played with certain games.
All existing games will work with the new Switch model as well as the original Joy-Cons. It will be available in black and white colours when it goes on sale on October 8.