Nintendo Switch OLED out October but there's no power boost for the Switch Pro
A surprise announcement has finally revealed that the Switch Pro does exist, although it’s actually called the Nintendo Switch OLED.
In a succesful attempt to prove they can never be predicted, Nintendo has officially unveiled their much rumoured upgrade console and it’s called the Nintendo Switch OLED.
Previously known only by the fan name of Switch Pro, the new console was expected to be unveiled at E3 last month but for whatever reason Nintendo has waited till now to annouce the October 8 release date and $350 (£253) price tag.
As the name suggests, the new version of the console features a new OLED screen, which is 7-inches instead of the 6.2 inches of the original. The current Switch models only have LCD screens, so the new one should allow for much more realistic colours and higher contrast.
How much is the Nintendo Switch OLED in the UK?
There is no UK price yet, but the original US price of the Switch was $300, which worked out as £280 in the UK. That means you’re probably looking at around £320 for the price of the Nintendo Switch OLED here.
The Switch OLED is almost exactly the same size as the original Switch, just slightly thicker at 242mm to 239mm. The battery life is also the same at 4.5 to 9 hours and, despite the other changes to the screen, the resolution is still 720p.
It also has a wider kickstand and a dock with a physical LAN port, just like the rumours suggested. Plus, there’s 64GB of internal storage instead of 32GB and it’s slightly heavier at 420g to 398g.
There’s also a promise of improved audio through the speakers, but the Joy-Cons are exactly the same as the current models (although hopefully with less chance of drift).
The Nintendo Switch OLED comes in two colours – white and the traditional neon blue and neon red.
Nintendo has literally dropped this news with no prior warning so more details may emerge later today, but at the moment there doesn’t seem to be any suggestion that it’s more powerful than the existing versions.
The official website makes no mention of any kind of power upgrade, so the Switch OLED is essentially just a remodel like the Switch Lite – with a bigger screen, more internal storage, and a slightly enhanced dock.
It’s all very desirable but it’s going to immediately start rumours about whether there’s a ‘real’ Switch Pro or not.
Considering the innards of the OLED are now four years old, and were not state-of-the-art even in 2017, it does seem surprising that Nintendo has not tried to give it some kind of a boost – especially in light of the release of the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5.
But then it wouldn’t be a Nintendo announcement if it didn’t pose more questions than it answered…
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