So much for Pro – Nintendo disappoints with new Switch OLED console

After many rumors and a long wait, Nintendo has finally unveiled a new Switch console. However, it did not turn out to be a Pro version, which many gamers had hoped for. Instead, the new Nintendo Switch OLED offers a lot of familiar features and only a few improvements.

It could have been so nice. A lot was expected from the new Switch. In addition to a 4K display, for example, a new graphics chip, a new CPU, and more battery life. All these things would have been needed to make the gaming experience even smoother. Instead, the Nintendo Switch OLED only comes with a few innovations – and they mostly concern the casing and the ports. atechbook summarizes what we like about the new Switch, and what we don’t.

Nintendo Switch OLED with useful LAN port

Visually, the Nintendo Switch OLED (model number HEG-001) hardly differs from the previous Switch. However, there are still small changes. For example, the white version is new, which is offered in parallel to the neon red and neon blue version. The design of the Joy-Cons has remained the same, as well as the adapter. However, Nintendo has adapted the dock of the Switch OLED. It is now more rounded at the edges and equipped with a LAN port. The latter is a really useful innovation, as it allows gamers to connect the Switch to the Internet via cable.

The new Switch can still be placed on the table thanks to the integrated kick stand. Nintendo has now enlarged the fold-out stand in response to customer feedback. It extends over the entire width of the console and can be adjusted in the tilt angle. The stand of the old Switch, on the other hand, is relatively narrow, so the console can quickly topple over even with minor vibrations.

Compatibility with games and accessories

As Nintendo confirms, all games released for the Switch so far are also compatible with the OLED version. However, there could be “differences in the gaming experience” with certain titles like the Labo series. The culprit here is the – albeit minimal – size differences between the two Switch versions.

It also remains questionable to what extent the lower pixel density due to the larger display will affect the display on the Nintendo Switch OLED. Since it still does not support DLSS, especially third-party games might still look blurry. DLSS stands for Deep Learning Super Sampling. This is an AI-powered rendering technology that allows for better frame rates with a sharper image. It works by playing out the image at a lower resolution and then upscaling it again by an AI.

Nintendo Switch games slated for release in 2021

How much does the new Nintendo Switch OLED cost?

So far, Nintendo unfortunately did not reveal what the Switch OLED should cost in Europe. For the US, however, the manufacturer named a price of 349.99 US dollars. In Europe, the previous Switch started with an MSRP of 329 Euros. Thus, the new version could be a bit more expensive. It is scheduled to go on sale on October 8.

The atechbook conclusion in the video:

atechbook says

“So let’s summarize: The Nintendo Switch OLED comes with LAN port, a wider kickstand, better memory and sound, and a larger OLED screen. That’s it in terms of innovations, though. Nintendo still owes us the expected 4K resolution and stronger hardware. It’s a pity, since I had hoped for graphically better games that would have brought the Switch closer to the big consoles like PlayStation and Xbox. Unfortunately, the adjustments to the display also have unpleasant consequences for me. The already heavy console is another 22 grams heavier than before and even a bit wider. Thus, for those who almost exclusively play mobile games, the Switch Lite as a light and compact variant is more and more in focus. Sorry, Nintendo, this is not how I had imagined the Switch upgrade after four years.” – Rita Deutschbein, Editor