We are getting closer and closer to being able to lay our gauntlet on the new Nintendo Switch OLED . Recall that the console goes on sale on October 8, so users will already be eager to get their hands on the new and renewed Nintendo console. But, what differences are there with the current Nintendo Switch? Technically there are no big changes beyond the new screen, but are these changes noticeable?
A very generous screen
Going from 6.2 inches to 7 inches of the new model may not seem like a compelling reason to change the console, however, you just have to take a look at the images published by the YouTube channel Nintendo Prime to check that the changes are quite noticeable at first glance. And it is that an inch more, although it may seem little to you, supposes an important change in the size.
The best thing is that Nintendo managed to integrate this new panel while maintaining the original dimensions of the console, so beyond the rounded corners and the color change, the new Switch looks exactly the same as the previous one.
At this point we are not going to discover the advantages of having an OLED panel in front of our eyes, so it is clear that the new console will look really good, although we still want to see it in action outdoors, a place where it will possibly definitively sentence the previous model .
|Size||102mm x 242mm x 13.9mm (with Joy-Con attached)|
|Weight||320g (420g with Joy-cons)|
|Screen||7-inch OLED / capacitive touchscreen / 1,280×720 pixel resolution|
|CPU / GPU||NVIDIA Tegra|
|Internal memory||64 GB|
|Connectivity||WiFi IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac) / Bluetooth 4.1.
Ethernet in TV mode
|Video output||Maximum resolution: 1920×1080, 60fps
720p (in laptop and desktop mode)
|Audio output||Linear PCM 5.1 (via HDMI)|
|USB||USB-C for charging and communication|
|External memory||Gaming cards and microSD card slot|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyroscope and brightness sensor|
Autonomy of 4.5 to 9 hours depending on use
Changes to the dock and little else
The video has also served to take a look at the new dock , which basically shows the presence of the ethernet port. Thanks to the network cable connection, the console will achieve more stability in the connection, and it will be ideal for online gaming. The dock itself maintains the same shape, although it has been slightly redesigned in some aspects, such as the hole to pass the cables.
We can also see how the ventilation duct of the console now has a protection grid to avoid dust and small elements that can enter the interior of the console, an area that is especially visible when we unfold the new folding support. This new piece will offer greater stability to the console when we use it resting on the table, something that was protested a lot in the first generation with its annoying folding leg, which detached quite easily and has ended up lost many times.
Is the OLED Switch worth it?
Without having been able to test it yet, the generational change seeks to simply update one of the components that felt worse in the original console. It is clear that the OLED screen will completely change the visual experience, however, the essence of the Switch could remain intact, which is not bad news, but it may not be enough to justify the purchase for some users. In a few weeks we will get rid of doubts, so for now we leave you with these first impressions of the new Nintendo console.