Nintendo Switch OLED: We give our verdict on the new revision of Nintendo’s hybrid console, which comes with several design changes. Nintendo Switch OLED hits stores around the world this Friday, October 8, the same day that one of the great titles lands for the console: Metroid Dread. The review of Nintendo’s hybrid platform was announced a few months ago, with no minor changes especially for the portable game but away from the rumors of a more powerful Switch and that focused on 4K. And this new OLED will have to navigate between these two waters, which some say should have been four years after its original launch (2017) and its obvious improvements over its predecessors.
Some of us were skeptical about the new platform because the interior, that of the hardware, may not have arrived with the overhaul we wanted. And we thought we were okay with our 2019 Switch, which improved things like battery life without any design changes. But it is to take an OLED switch for the first time and change your face. We are not facing a revolution, but we are faced with a clear evolution of the model from two years ago with aesthetic and visual changes that are obvious, appreciated and make you reflect on the original skepticism. It’s still light and it looks great. But that’s very good.
A shiny screen
The screen has gained dominance within the balance of the entire machine, and those seven inches are the first thing that jumps out. The jump from the traditional Switch is relevant (from 6.2 to 7) and the change from the Lite’s 5.5 inches even more pronounced. But it’s not just a matter of size, and the fact that the frame is thinner (the console hardly changes dimensions), which gives a greater sense of terrain gain, but also the panel used. OLED is the name that changes everything at the product level when buying one or the other and it is not trivial: this technology gives us much more intense and brighter colors, allowing us to see more pronounced contrasts between black and light. We haven’t been able to test Metroid Dread, although we’re already leaving hints here of the combination going on sale on October 8.