The wait is finally over: Instead of doing a launch at this year’s E3, Nintendo decided to do a separate launch for their latest portable console that is called the Switch (OLED Model). As confirmed with previous rumors, the newest Switch finally gets a 7-inch OLED display upgrade, which is bigger than the 6.2-inch LCD display of its predecessor. The dimensions are roughly the same, which results in the Switch OLED having significantly slimmer bezels.
Aside from the fresh display upgrade, the Switch OLED gets double the internal storage at 64GB, along with improved stereo speakers and a dock that has a built-in Ethernet port. The internals remains the same–you still get a custom Tegra processor and a 4310mAh battery that charges via USB-C. Like its non-OLED sibling, the Switch OLED supports 1080p via TV mode.
“The new Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is a great option for players who want to experience the new vibrant screen when playing in handheld and tabletop mode,” Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser said in a press release.
With only a few differences, the Switch OLED is compatible with the original Joy-Cons, along with full compatibility of all existing Switch games.
Nintendo Switch OLED Release Date, Price
Following the announcement, the Switch OLED will arrive on October 8 for $350(~Php 17.4k). That is a $50 premium over the current, non-OLED model, which is not that bad of a deal. Given that a lot of people are waiting for the Switch OLED, the demand may be high enough to cause shortages and supply issues–similar to what the PlayStation 5 is facing.