While I was busy trying out the newly announced Nintendo Switch OLED, unveiled by the company a few days ago, Hyrule grass really looked greener. I had a chance to test the new console with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe e The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the new model by comparing the two games directly to my original Switch model, and the vivid screen with OLED technology from which it takes its name is undoubtedly an impressive improvement. While the new display, along with a handful of other very welcome changes (like a truly excellent new stand), can certainly be interesting stimuli, these are not improvements so drastic as to make this version an essential upgrade now halfway through the cycle. vital of Switch.
Unfortunately, Nintendo didn’t allow us to take any photos or recordings to show you the differences between the Switch OLED and the original model, but the most noticeable difference is clearly the screen itself. While the Nintendo Switch (OLED model), as it is formally called by the Kyoto house, is essentially the same size as the original (placed one on top of the other, the new version seemed at most a few millimeters longer than the original), its 7-inch display, slightly larger than the previous one, takes up more space than the black frame that surrounded the original display. This is not a huge difference, but definitely noticeable by putting the two consoles side by side – just take a look at the relatively thick edge of the original Switch version to notice.
The strength of the new display (unsurprisingly) becomes even more obvious once you turn on the console, which is instantly much brighter and defined from almost every viewing angle I’ve tried. Honestly, it’s no exaggeration to compare the vibrant feel to the time the Game Boy Advance SP was updated with a much brighter screen, making the original Switch model look much “weaker” when compared directly. Its colors are also more vivid and vibrant, and I am not kidding when I say the grassy fields of Breath of the Wild they looked almost cartoonistically green when compared to the original model.
The second most exciting feature of the OLED model (surprisingly enough) is actually its improved stand. It’s hardly a secret that the original model’s kickstand is downright flimsy and unreliable, but I didn’t expect this version to provide such a resounding answer to its predecessor’s problems. Not only does the new stand extend over the entire back of the Switch back, but its mechanics offer a very satisfactory resistance that allows you to easily rest the console by opting for any viewing angle, with the certainty that the new version of Switch it will remain anchored in place. It’s incredibly robust and retains the same matte finish and feel as the back of the Switch Lite. If it weren’t for the fact that the charging port is still locked when the console is used in Tabletop mode, I would have said that there is no longer a need to use third-party stands.
The new stand is excellent and guarantees an optimal viewing angle, regardless of location.
The built-in speakers have also been improved somewhat, providing better sound quality when gaming without headphones. I’m no audio expert, but the difference was certainly noticeable if not exactly astounding: the music of Mario Kart it didn’t sound so flat, and Zelda’s echoing voice in Breath of the Wild it had a little more depth. Frankly, I rarely use the Switch without headphones (which won’t change with the OLED model), but it’s still a nice improvement for those more likely to take advantage of it than myself.
Also the Switch dock has been slightly tweaked, with many of the sharp edges (which have often been the cause of accidental scratches) now rounded to ensure safe use of the dock. The USB port located in the rear panel (which now sports a fully removable cover) has been replaced with a LAN port to allow for a wired internet connection without the need for a third party adapter, but sadly I was unable to test this feature myself . Such improvements largely seem like some sort of refining by Nintendo of the most critical points of the original dock design rather than outright momentous changes, but they are welcome nonetheless.
Getting all these improvements (including storage expansion from 32GB to 64GB) for just $ 50 more than the base model is certainly a big deal, especially for new users – in that sense, for everyone. those who intend to enter the Switch family, the OLED model essentially represents a forced purchase. However, For happy owners of the original Switch model, who care little about the OLED screen, this relatively small list of improvements may not be enough to convince you. – especially when seemingly mundane elements, such as built-in support for bluetooth headphones, have not yet been added by Nintendo. And if you’re a gamer who primarily uses the Switch on a TV, you’d basically pay an additional fee solely for a marginally better dock and a little more storage space, since the OLED screen and new stand obviously don’t matter. in no way on the dock output, fixed at 1080p in this version as well.
With that I don’t want to detract from the beauty of the new screen, but it’s fair to point out that the difference between entering the Switch ecosystem with this model and choosing to switch from the original to the OLED version is tangible. The screen may look better than the current one, but it’s not such a shocking improvement as to make the original Switch model suddenly look bad – and since it’s not the much-rumored “Switch Pro” model, games run essentially the same on both versions. If there was a way to pay $ 50 and magically add these new features to my existing Switch, I would probably do it without thinking twice. But paying a few hundred euros to get slightly greener weed is, at least as far as I’m concerned, a far less tempting possibility, as impressive as Hyrule weed can be.