A hands-on preview: The Switch (OLED model)

The release of major hardware updates to mainline consoles has been a common practice. Nintendo is a well-acquainted company with such an approach. The long tradition of Nintendo releasing better hardware in console life cycles started with their original home gaming system, NES. In 1985, Nintendo brought the Japanese Famicom to Western markets. Many people will be familiar with the adorable and colorful Pocket design that was given to the Gameboy. The DS and DS families of systems also received the Pocket treatment. Every Nintendo console, in one way or another, has had hardware improvements since its conception. The Nintendo Switch is no exception. The Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will arrive in consumer’s hands on the 8th October. Although it may not be the highly anticipated ‘Switch Pro, there are some welcomed improvements that will enhance players’ experience, particularly for handheld gamers.

A hands-on preview: The Switch (OLED model)

We settled down at a London hotel and were presented with an informative slideshow by Nintendo that highlighted the main features of the OLED model. In this hour-long session we were able to explore the Nintendo Switch OLED model, play with the dock, and try out some first-party games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. Although asked for a peek at Metroid Dread, we were unable to get one.

The OLED model is available in two versions: the white Joy-Con and the Neon Red, and Blue Joy-Con sets. Each pack is packaged vertically in order to make them stand out on the shelves. The Joy-Con’s tech is identical to the one we already have. We asked about whether the Joy-Con white would be sold separately. However, the Nintendo Store will sell the OLED model. The white dock can be purchased on its own.

A hands-on preview: The Switch (OLED model)
A hands-on preview: The Switch (OLED model)

You can see why pre-orders went so fast. The console is stunning, even in its packaging. But it will be more beautiful when you hold it. It has a larger screen, which makes it more noticeable than the 6.2 inch LED screen in the original. This is something that’s difficult to see from just pictures. It’s amazing how much this screen is larger than the original 6.2-inch LED screen. With a Eurogamer journalist as our guide, we fired up Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to play some multiplayer. The main lesson from every round, other than winning each race was how vibrant and bright the colours were. Every detail was sharper as we whizzed our way through Yoshi’s Circuit, and the ribbon roads twists and turns. Although the OLED model does not have a stronger chipset, it has the same NVIDIA TegraX1 custom NVIDIA Tegra X1. However, it made a significant difference.

The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild was also affected. After Link’s 100-year-long slumber, Link woke up and ran to the famed cliff edge. The first 10 minutes of this acclaimed open-world adventure were bursting with colour. We had to turn down the brightness as the Great Plateau was nearly unbearable.TooIt is simply stunning. For testing, we disabled the auto-brightness. However, the feature still works and responds just as fast as the new model. Our view of the action did not change when we tilted the screen to adjust the light in the room. It could prove to be an advantage for outdoor gamers who are looking to play their favorite titles in direct sunlight. The original LED screen can struggle with this. The OLED display is also enhanced by the thin bezel, which amplifies the screen. The OLED display is a great option.IsThe star of the show.

A hands-on preview: The Switch (OLED model)

The console’s small, awkward stand is another complaint. Although the stand is small and lightweight, it serves its purpose. However, you are limited to one view angle due to the inability of the manufacturer’s adjustment. It was refreshing to be able to adjust the angle of the OLED model when we lifted it up to get into Mario Odyssey. With the console fully kicked out, it can lay flat. This feature will encourage tabletop players to upgrade. However, we do not expect this to convince TV mode users to make the switch.

Although it is small, the OLED model is slightly heavier than the original. Although it is a small difference, it doesn’t make a huge impact. However, the stereo speakers deserve some mention. The audio was slightly clearer in Breath Of The Wild. Nintendo claimed that the speakers onboard have been upgraded and we agreed by cranking the volume up to full. We couldn’t see much improvement in the audio, except for how loud it was.

The next Switch member comes with an improved dock, as we mentioned earlier. Apart from the beautiful white color, we noticed how sturdy and solid it was compared with its predecessor. The dock also seemed a bit heavier. The dock’s shiny interior, with its matte exterior and rounded edges gives it a premium look. It will compliment your shelving unit perfectly. It has a new material at the bottom that keeps it in place. We were able to grip the new dock and it held its place even when we attempted to move it. This is a great benefit for parents with wandering toddlers! The dock’s back is now free of hinges. The dock can be easily reattached with one click. Nintendo has replaced the USB port at the back with a built in LAN port. This promises to reduce lag while the TV is on. Super Smash Bros fans will be delighted to know that there is a built-in LAN port. Ultimate, as well as other competitive players that rely on stable internet connections will benefit from this.

A hands-on preview: The Switch (OLED model)

The OLED model was not shown at the preview event. However, it did perform in docked mode. We were also reminded a few times that the insides of the OLED Switch are the same as the ver1.1 Nintendo Switch models. This is the model with the best battery life. The OLED Switch has 64GB expandable memory. This is in contrast to 32GB for Switch Lite and the original Nintendo Switch. While experimenting with OLED Switch’s adjustable stand, however, we noticed that accessing the memory card slots is easier and less fiddly.

The Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is clearly geared toward consumers who prefer to play in handheld mode. While TV-mode users may not see the real value, there are some benefits that could change their habits. You may be able to play some of your favorite games again in handheld mode with the new clearer display. The OLED model will not differ from your existing console, except for the white dock that is placed beneath it. The OLED screen, almost invisible bezel, and the louder speakers made an impact on us. The new Switch model is sure to let you enjoy gaming anywhere and anytime with any person. This could attract a lot of new Switch users, as well as entice existing Switch gamers to spend more money.

Nintendo UK provided a one-hour session to get hands-on with the Nintendo Switch (OLED model).

Publiated at Mon, 2 Aug 2021 08:57:03 +0000

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