We know what the Switch OLED does not do. The Switch OLED isn’t able to provide extra power, or support 4K monitors, and there are no other issues that can be associated with the Switch Pro. This is a minor hardware update, similar to the 3DS XL, but perhaps more mild. The form factor is instantly familiar, and the larger 7-inch screen’s slimmer bezel gives away the fact that it is a new model.
That screen is still amazing! It is a step forward from the current model, although I won’t get too excited about it. The 7-inch screen is still better than the 6.2 inch Switch, but that bezel seems like an even greater improvement. It’s almost impossible to see the screen when it’s in your hand. The light sensor on the original Switch is well concealed in OLED models. I looked around, but could not find it in my brief time using the system.
There are also the benefits that the OLED screen offers. Although it may have been a poor idea to send the blind person on the team, Nintendo has kept the OLED screen locked down and is reluctant to allow anyone else to use it. The OLED screen was not shown to the public until weeks later. Even with limited visual ability, I was able to see the bright greens of Hyrule in Breath Of The Wild and the darker blacks of Mario Kart 8 as well as the intense colors in Super Mario Odyssey’s palette.
OLED screens offer other advantages, including a longer battery life. But after spending an hour playing with the Switch, it wasn’t the screen that made an impression. It was the small details and the tiny nip and tucks that really impressed me. It’s really the kickstand, which now extends across the entire console. This makes it feel more like an integral part of the device than just another accessory on the old Switch. It’s a sturdy thing. The stand allows the OLED Switch can be placed at any angle it pleases.
The speakers have been repositioned, so they appear to be facing down, rather than forwards, as was the case with the old Switch model. This results in much richer and deeper audio when you play portable music without headphones, something I confess I rarely do in my Switch time. The best changes are made to the dock. It has more padding in the interior that prevents scratching, and, forgive me for being excited, a cutout swoosh at the rear, which acts as a tidy cable tidy when you’re trying to juggle leads from the new Ethernet port. Overall, the entire thing feels heavier and more solid.
Are all these enough reasons to upgrade? It all depends on the use case. Since launch, I have had my Switch and carried it with me everywhere. If I had the option, I would choose the premium model. There is some disappointment with the model, but that’s not to deny it. Given the price of the Switch, even a couple more basic features like Bluetooth would have been a good idea. Also, considering how far we’ve had the console, the fact that the front-end still lacks basic functionality such as folders makes it seem as though the Switch may need to do more than just hardware updates.
It’s still small steps and those who are familiar with Nintendo’s approach to things will be able to anticipate what they’ll find. The only way you can get the beautiful new white Joy-Cons, is to buy the Switch OLED that they are attached to. Nintendo, you are a genius at getting suckers just like me.
Publiated at Mon, 02/08/2021 12:00:18 +0000