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Hands-on Preview: Nintendo Switch (OLED) model

Nintendo Switch become the norm to see the release of hardware revisions of major gaming consoles – and if there’s one company that’s really used to such a practice, it’s Nintendo. Nintendo’s long history of releasing improved hardware during console lifecycles began with its first home gaming system, the NES, with the Japanese Famicom receiving a major facelift when it hit Western shelves. in 1985. Some people will also remember the beloved Gameboy getting the cutesy and colorful Pocket treatment, and let’s not forget the DS family of systems, either. Since the very beginning, almost all Nintendo consoles have had some hardware upgrades in one way or another, and the Nintendo Switch is no different. On October 8 of this year, the Nintendo Switch (OLED) model will be in the hands of consumers, and while not the widespread “Switch Pro” people have been hoping for, it is home to some welcome improvements that will enrich player experiences, especially for those who play primarily in portable mode.

nintendo switch oled 4 Hands-on Preview: Nintendo Switch (OLED) model

While checking into a hotel in London, Nintendo presented us with a short but informative slideshow, highlighting the main features of the OLED model compared to its original counterpart. We were then able to fully explore the Nintendo Switch (OLED) model during this hour-long session, play with its new dock, and test out some evergreen proprietary titles, such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath. of the Sauvage. We do ask for a preview of Metroid Dread but no luck unfortunately.

Retail wise, the OLED model comes in two variations: the white Joy-Con set and the Joy-Con Neon Red and Blue set. Packaged vertically to “stand out on store shelves,” according to the Nintendo rep, each pack sells for the same price ($ 350 / £ 309.99 RRP) and both come with the same upgraded dock – we’ll see why it is a step -from the original dock later. It should be remembered that the technology inside the Joy-Con is the same as what we have now. When we asked about the possibility of the white Joy-Con being available for purchase separately, we were told that it would only be available with the OLED model, but the white dock will be available for purchase. alone in the Nintendo store. .

Switch oled white set Hands-on Preview: Nintendo Switch (OLED) model
Switch oled neon set Hands-on Preview: Nintendo Switch (OLED) model

It’s easy to see how the pre-orders were picked up so quickly. It’s a gorgeous console – even from the packaging – and more so when tucked away in your hands. The screen size has been increased to an impressive and highly visible 7 inches, which is difficult to assess from images alone. Comparing that to the original’s 6.2in ​​side-by-side LED display, it’s remarkable how much of a difference it makes. We kicked off a game of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and headed for local multiplayer with a reporter from Eurogamer. After * ahem * winning each race, the main takeaway from each heat was how the colors popped and popped. As we drifted around the Yoshi Circuit and made our way through the twists and turns of Ribbon Road, every detail seemed sharper and more refined. Of course, the OLED model doesn’t have a more powerful chipset (it’s the same NVIDIA Tegra X1) customized, but the display has made a huge difference.

The same goes for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild. Waking Link up from his 100-year slumber and stumbling over the famous cliff’s edge, the famous open-world adventure’s 10-minute opening burst burst with color; the Grand Plateau looked even more amazing, and we had to turn down the light as it was almost too much dazzling. It’s worth noting here that we’ve turned off auto-brightness completely for testing purposes, but the functionality remains and responds just as quickly as with the current model. We decided to tilt the screen so that the room lighting refracts onto the Switch screen and our view of the action is hardly affected. This could be a huge advantage for gamers who want to tackle their favorite titles outdoors, as the original LED display tends to struggle when exposed to direct sunlight. It also benefits from a thin bezel which does a great job of amplifying the larger screen. Make no mistake, the OLED display is The star of the show.

Switch oled stand Hands-on Preview: Nintendo Switch (OLED) model

Another gripe that some have with the current console is its small support. Granted, the rather small and fragile stand serves its purpose, nonetheless the lack of adjustment means you’re limited with just one viewing angle. So when we carefully flipped the OLED model over and removed the sturdy, almost fully adjustable stand for jumping into Mario Odyssey, it felt refreshing to have the ability to change the angle the way we actually wanted. The console can practically lie completely flat with it fully ejected. Again, this is a feature that will help convince those who play tabletop mode to upgrade, but we don’t necessarily envision TV mode gamers swinging for, dare we dare it. say, do it change.

Although tiny, we’re told the OLED model weighs just above its original counterpart. It is only by a fraction and it is not particularly noticeable. The stereo speakers, however, deserve a little mention as the sound is slightly sharper, especially in Breath of the Wild. Nintendo said the built-in speakers have been improved, and by cranking up the volume completely we were inclined to agree. But for the most part, we couldn’t see much improvement other than the sound level of the action.

As mentioned earlier, the next member of the Switch family comes with a new and improved dock. The first thing we immediately noticed (aside from its beautiful sleek white color) was how much stronger it was than the original dock. He also felt a little heavier too. Its rounded edges, matte finish and glossy interior give a much more upscale feel and look – it will complement your shelf, that’s for sure. The bottom of the dock has a different material which helps to hold it in place and after grabbing the new dock it stayed firmly in place when we tried to move it which will be a benefit to those with the hands of the dock. toddlers stray in their households! Instead of a hinged door, the back of the dock cleans itself. It is easily put back into place with a single click. Nintendo opted to remove the USB port behind the flap on the back and replaced it with a built-in LAN port, which promises to reduce lag in TV mode. Fans of games such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will benefit, as will more competitive players who depend on a stable internet connection.

Switch oled dock Hands-on Preview: Nintendo Switch (OLED) model

During the preview event, we didn’t see the OLED model running in docked mode, but we were reminded a few times that the guts of the console are no different from the Nintendo Switch model ver1.1 – c ‘ is the one with the improved battery life readily available today. In terms of on-board memory, the OLED Switch comes with an expandable memory capacity of 64GB compared to the 32GB expandable memory for the original Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite. However, we noticed while experimenting with the adjustable stand that the memory card slot is many easier to access and less tedious.

It is clear that the Nintendo Switch (OLED) model is aimed at consumers who play primarily in portable mode. Fans of TV fashion might not feel the real value here, but, then again, it just might influence their favorite habits with its upgrades. For example, with the clearer display, you might want to relive some of your favorite games in handheld mode. And when docking the OLED model, you won’t be able to tell the difference with your original console except for the pretty white dock sitting under the TV. However, the sensational OLED display, nearly non-existent bezel, and more powerful speakers certainly impressed us. This updated Switch model will absolutely allow you to play anywhere, anytime and with anyone more comfortably. On its own, that might be enough to not only attract a new fan base, but also get existing Switch players to part ways with their money again.

A one-hour hands-on session with the Nintendo Switch (OLED) model was provided by Nintendo UK.

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