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Nintendo finally announced its latest Switch console hardware version: Switch OLED model. The original Switch was launched in March 2017. If you are a Nintendo fan, it is likely that you already own a Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite. This raises a question: Should I upgrade to Switch OLED?
In this guide, we provide suggestions to help you decide whether to buy a new Switch or stick to an existing Switch.
If you are looking for an in-depth comparison between each Switch model, please check our Nintendo Switch OLED and standard Switch technical specifications comparison for more technical information-here we will advise you on whether you should upgrade based on the following Your specific circumstances rather than pure numbers.
Below we have listed a few cases and provided corresponding suggestions based on personal experience.
In short, yes, but only if you are interested in a slightly larger, significantly better screen.
As the author of the Nintendo Life website, we always Interested in any new Nintendo hardware, but whether you should spend your hard-earned money on the Switch OLED model will depend on the attractiveness of its improved screen. In addition to the OLED screen itself (and related components), Nintendo also confirmed that the technology inside the console is the same as the standard model—the same is true for the Joy-Con controller. Well, compared to the basic model, the Switch OLED will not provide any performance improvements.
Of course, other factors (such as your situation and budget) will also play a role in deciding whether a new game console is suitable for you, but if you are not interested in OLED screens, you don’t need Switch OLED in your current life. You can go here Stop reading.
Still there? charming! We will look at some specific use cases to help you determine if Switch OLED is right for you, but first here is a quick summary of the improvements Switch OLED provides over the basic console…
The following are the basic improvements of the new console to the standard Nintendo Switch:
Generally speaking, if you spend (or may spend) a lot of time playing the Switch in handheld or desktop mode, the 7-inch screen of the Switch OLED model is indeed It is worth considering a 6.2-inch screen that exceeds the standard Switch.
The above article details more details, but all in all, the new screen provides brighter and more accurate colors, richer and deeper black levels, and a more vivid and vivid overall picture.
There is no doubt which console has a better screen-the question is whether it is worth the money, especially if you already have the basic model.
Hope you can find some answers below to help you make an informed decision.
Long answer: If you have successfully resisted the temptation of Nintendo’s handheld hybrid console so far, now is the best time to get started. With a huge and growing library of exciting games, and its convenience as a home and handheld game console, it is one of the best products Nintendo has ever produced.
It has been so successful since its launch in 2017, so we strongly recommend that you participate in Switch, especially the new OLED version. In our opinion, the price difference between the standard model and the OLED model is small enough to be worth spending a little more on the new model.
Short answer: Now is the best time to buy a Switch or buy a better Switch. If you are interested, we will say go. Of course we will– You are on a website called Nintendo Life, remember?
Long answer: We have been in the Switch’s life for more than four years, and if you buy a release model, it looks a bit out of date these days. As a hybrid console, when you take it out, your Switch may experience bumps and drops over the years- It happened to the best of us.
If you have so far refused to purchase the updated standard model (longer battery life) or the handheld-only Switch Lite, we may recommend you to upgrade to Switch OLED. We cannot guarantee that Nintendo will not let the legendary Switch’Pro’ be launched with Zelda in 2022 (or 2023): Breath of the Wild 2, but from a tired old launch Switch to a brand-new Switch OLED feels like a substantial upgrade.
Short answer: Yes, we definitely will.
Long answer: It really depends on what you think of Switch Lite. Although the Lite’s screen is not as vivid as the upcoming OLED variant, its smaller size (5.5 inches vs. 7 inches) means that the pixel density increases and the image naturally looks more “clear”-remember, two screens The resolution is the same: 1280 x 720.
Personally, although the Switch Lite is a small smart device, we like the option of connecting the Switch to the TV; this is the core gimmick of the console and part of its success. The larger and brighter screen of the Switch OLED model looks cracked in handheld mode, so if you are looking for the best (if not most (Portable) Handheld experience, you should check out the new console.
However, if you are satisfied with the smaller size and screen of the Switch Lite and are not interested in playing games on the TV, then you’d better stick to your existing device.
Short answer: rely. If you only play with handhelds and like the smaller size of Lite, please stick to it. If you are completely interested in the extra bells and whistles provided by the Switch OLED, we will say that it is worth studying.
Long answer: Ah, we feel your pain. We also couldn’t resist the alarm sound of the new hardware, and “upgraded” from our startup model Switch to a slightly improved “silent” version, providing longer battery life.
Nintendo has confirmed that the new OLED model does not have any internal upgrades or differences other than the screen-the same chip, the same battery, and the same everything. As far as your gaming experience is concerned, the screen is the only real improvement; you don’t get any performance improvement here.
Ultimately, if you are not absolutely eager to see the new screen, then you might better keep the current state and wait for the next console. If you are a Switch gamer who mainly plays games on TV, the choice is even easier-stick to the standard mode.
Short answer: If you don’t mind a more vivid, larger screen, we might sit down and wait for the next inevitable Switch hardware revision.
Long answer: If you have purchased a new Switch in the past few months, we may recommend that you keep it. The games of the new system are fully compatible, so unless money is not an issue, you may be very satisfied with the current model.
Short answer: No, the standard Switch is still a great system, so if you only have one, stick to it, and the bigger screen won’t make you jealous.
Long answer: As we have further detailed on the page, the new Switch model does not have any improvements in docking games. If that cute OLED screen is going to spend its life on that (recognized cute) base, then the upgrade really doesn’t make much sense.
New terminal do There is a built-in LAN port for connecting the Ethernet cable directly to the docking station (without having to use an adapter). For now, we don’t recommend that you buy a brand new game console for this purpose-anyway, if you buy it directly, Nintendo will sell the dock separately-but if you use a wired Internet connection to play games, the new dock will make a difference The area around your TV is a little tidy.
Short answer: Do not. If you cannot do without the built-in LAN port, please purchase a new dock separately.
Long answer: Well, assuming you don’t have a Switch Lite yet, if you are a portable gamer, we will definitely choose the OLED model instead of the standard Switch. For us, due to our large (r) hands, the increased size compared to the Lite variant is actually a positive factor, but if its main function is to be a portable system, then the screen is what we will place in the newer model. The real reason above any other model.
Short answer: We will, but if your book (or your hand or bag) is as small as possible, you may want to check out the smaller, cheaper, handheld-only Switch Lite.
Long answer: For experienced players, it is more important to take care of yourself when playing games, whether it’s using a more comfortable handle in handheld mode or playing the game on the largest screen available to avoid squinting small text. The screen on the Switch OLED may be a great help for people whose vision is no longer what it used to be, not only in terms of larger size, but also in terms of its vivid images.
Again, if you just dock every time you play, you won’t see any benefit from the new Switch except for a slightly beautiful dock next to your TV.
Short answer: If you play games in handheld mode and have difficulty reading text, the increased size and image quality of Switch OLED may improve your gaming experience. However, if you only play games on the TV, there is no difference between the new console and your current console-stick to the existing console.
Short answer: If the money is okay, why do you still read this guide? Yes it is, of course You should be the latest and greatest Switch version! Go to the Switch OLED pre-order page with you.
If you are looking for detailed information about the technical specifications of the Switch OLED model, please check out our Switch OLED vs. standard Switch and Switch Lite specifications comparison guide. You can also find some cute photos of the new models in our Switch OLED gallery. If you have any questions about the screen of the new Switch, please let us know below and we will try our best to answer it above.
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