This week our editorial office has received a new version of the portable console called the Nintendo Switch OLED, which we have tested a lot to tell you about the changes that differ from the original Nintendo Switch. This review will cover both the main and minor innovations that appeared in the updated version of the Nintendo Switch OLED.
Before we get to the basics, let’s take a look at the package bundle. Everything is the same as before, but with some changes in individual components. The kit includes an HDMI cable to connect the console to a TV, a power adapter, a Joy-Con grip, two Joy-Con straps, a redesigned docking station and, of course, an updated tablet and two Joy-Con controllers.
In addition to the box with the console itself, we received a branded cover in black and white colors, the surface of which is made of a strong material, similar to thick rubberized fabric. This will keep the console intact in case of any unforeseen situations. The inner part is made of soft synthetics and there is also a small stand with a small pocket. The case also came with two films: one for the original version, and one for the Nintendo Switch OLED.
The biggest innovation for the Nintendo Switch is the much-vaunted OLED screen. Indeed, now the picture has become richer and brighter, and black does not try to go into gray tones. To be honest, playing on such a screen is much more enjoyable, since the new colors convey the atmosphere that the creators of the games intended. On the example of the new platformer Metroid Dread, there is a significant advantage in gamut, because this project has quite a lot of dark scenes where dark tones set the right mood. Using this screen, you can play together without any problems, since the colors are practically not distorted at different viewing angles.
The tablet itself has become larger and, moreover, in addition to its new characteristics, it has become larger in size: the screen diagonal of the OLED version is 7 inches, as opposed to 6.2 on the regular Nintendo Switch. The frames themselves have become smaller and are made of glossy plastic. On the one hand, this is not the most practical solution, but on the other, it visually increases the size of the display.
Since the operating time of the Switch OLED has remained practically unchanged, despite the larger screen size, one would assume that a more powerful battery is installed in this revision, but this is not the case. OLED technology itself uses less electricity, so the difference in screen magnification is compensated for.
In terms of hardware, everything is the same here. Therefore, do not think that the games will run faster and the frequency rate will rise to the skies, since this version of the console does not provide for an increase in power.
Also in the updated set-top box there are new speakers that sound louder and much cleaner. Of course, hardly anyone will use them in public places, nevertheless, for playing at home in portable mode, it is a very pleasant innovation. Well, now you can watch YouTube videos in a better quality while sitting with tea and cookies in the kitchen.
The Nintendo Switch OLED has a full-fledged stand with a tight ride that will precisely hold on any surface at different angles. Recall that previously, Nintendo users had to look for additional support and try to balance in order not to drop the console, since the leg itself was thinner and located on the side. Now you can install the console without any problems and use it as a monitor for watching videos and playing games.
Less noticeable, but very pleasant updates – 64 GB of internal memory, instead of 32 on the original Nintendo Switch. The manufacturer decided to double the volume and now players will not have to buy an additional drive right away. While 64GB is still not that much by modern standards, there are many more games now available to download.
Also, the docking station from the Nintendo Switch OLED received small changes. Let’s immediately answer the frequently asked question about whether it is possible to connect the original Nintendo Switch to the new docking station and vice versa – the OLED version to the old station. Yes, both stations are compatible with all Switches.
In addition, the station has become a little wider, and under the cover there are three connectors: USB Type-C input, HDMI for connecting to a TV and the most long-awaited network port for installing an Internet cable directly. Now you can quickly download applications through the station, as well as play without any connection drops. At the same time, there are two more USB connectors outside.
As a result, only positive impressions remained from the updated Nintendo Switch. Portable gameplay is now much more expressive with a redesigned OLED screen and new speakers for an even better immersion. I was also pleased with the very design for planting joy-cones, which has become denser and now all controls are much less loose than in the first revisions of the original.
Regarding the most popular question about who exactly needs this console, we have a pretty logical answer. If you own a Nintendo Switch and play primarily on TV, then the new console is definitely not for you, as you simply will not see all the “chips”. If you like to play in handheld mode or if you don’t have a console at all, then you should definitely consider purchasing a new version. But, as before, the decision is always yours.
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