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access_time July 6, 2021 at 9:54 AM in News by David Poole

Nintendo Announces a New Switch Model with an Improved OLED Screen

In a surprise announcement, Nintendo has revealed a new model of their popular Nintendo Switch console. The Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is coming on October 8th, 2021 for $349.99 MSRP. This new version of the console will come with a host of quality of life improvements, though no upgrades to the overall hardware. You can check out the announcement trailer below.

While there are no upgrades to the overall hardware, we do get some pretty nice improvements all around. Of course, we get a new vibrant 7″ touch screen to replace the original 6.2″ screen. Then there’s the upgrade in storage from 32GB to 64GB while also retaining the MicroSD card slot. The system comes with improvements to the speaker for better audio quality, though still no built-in bluetooth. A wider kickstand is now a part of the back, offering more angle options than the previous model. Finally, the system dock comes with a built-in ethernet port for those wanting a smoother online experience.

Just like the original system, the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will play in Handheld Mode, Tabletop Mode, and TV Mode. It’s compatible with all Nintendo Switch software and works with all previously released Joy-Cons. The system will launch on the same day as Metroid Dread, making it a perfect compliment to the new entry in the long-running franchise. It will also be available in two colors, including the white set with white Joy-Cons and a white dock, and the red and blue set with red and blue Joy-Cons and a black dock.

“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,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “With the addition of this new model to the Nintendo Switch family of systems, people have an additional choice of a system that best fits the gaming experience they desire – whether it’s Nintendo Switch (OLED model), Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite.”

What do you think? Are you looking forward to the new Nintendo Switch (OLED model)? Still waiting for a Nintendo Switch Pro? Let us know in the comments below!

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