Saturday, July 24th, 2021

Topic: Should we worry about Switch OLED burn-in?


Now is the time to admit it embarrassingly: I obviously use TikTok so much that the user interface of the app Burned to my phone screen.

But let me make up a little bit: I don’t have the kind of creepy For You Page that is full of viral dance and teenage boys (this is a content stream generated by TikTok’s algorithm), even though I do like dancing sometimes-I have succeeded Trained an algorithm to show me most of the very good food, extremely ridiculous musical comedies, old house renovations, and Jacob Collier.

But my opinion is not that I am cool, in fact, please like me-my phone is aging, which may happen on the OLED screen.

So, what is the problem?

If various types of displays are allowed to display the same static image for long enough, they will experience aging. It happens on phones, TVs, and any devices that usually have screens. It’s not just TikTok—the icons that show battery, wifi, volume, and the fact that my phone is always set to vibrate are also there. There is a ghostly phantom in the upper right corner of my screen. On the left, every time I look at my phone, there is a very creepy mixture, represented by a permanent spectral clock, and an annoying reminder that I have too many unread emails and messages because There are all these notices-the shape is also there.

Example of screen burn-in on amber CRT monitor
Example of screen burn-in on amber CRT monitor (image: Piercetheorganist, public domain, from Wikimedia Commons)

By the way, I have a Google Pixel 2XL, and it— According to Wikipedia — There is a P-OLED screen (P, if it is important to you, stands for “polymer”).Recorded the reports of these mobile phone screens aging As early as 2017, Just a few months after it was released. Similarly, using PlayStation Vita, Many owners report aging, Especially when they keep the screen on for a long time (that is, when playing a game or when the console is in a paused state).

So, of course, when the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is roughly the same as the old Switch, you guessed it, but when using OLED screens, concerns about aging began to spread.

As in CNET’s article on TV aging, Manufacturers from Apple to Google to LG are aware of the curse of aging and seem to respond mainly in the following ways Tell their customers how to avoid it, Make fun of the company that tells customers how to avoid it, Or Categorically deny Their TV has aging problems, even though Contrary evidence.

A trend has emerged: if you have screen aging, these companies say it is your fault-watching videos with static UI, or playing video games for too long. As long as you stop doing these things, you will not burn out. Sorry, do you want me to avoid video games with static UI? This is all they have.That is All Electronic games.

An example of aging on the airport screen (the airport is a good place to watch it)
An example of aging on the airport screen (the airport is a good place to watch it) (image: Gustav Broennimann, CC BY 3.0 CH, from Wikimedia Commons)

Now, manufacturers have begun to predict OLED from their perspective, rather than denying its existence. Apple’s new iPhone It has a “special algorithm that monitors the usage of a single pixel to generate display calibration data”, which means that it will automatically adjust the brightness to stop aging, even though they say that aging is just the “expected behavior” of the OLED screen.It’s a risk-reward thing, but you were able At least reduce the risk.

Game consoles, such as Xbox, try to reduce the aging around them by owning something Fade in the “dimmed” setting after a period of time. The current Switch has a “Reduce screen burn-in“The same is true for the mode, which will do a similar thing after five minutes of inactivity. These settings can protect the user’s TV from being burned, even if this is not the real responsibility of the console manufacturer. Very good!

What does Nintendo think about the burn-in on the Switch OLED?

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But the question is not “Will the Switch leave aging on my OLED TV”, but “Will the Switch leave aging on itself”.The new OLED screen is section The console is clearly designed for better-looking handheld games. As someone who mainly plays the Switch in handheld mode, I want to know: Will it engrave a permanent health bar and a mini map on the screen?

Excellent, CNET is not worried about aging on the Switch’s OLED screen, at least. This is a statement from Nintendo to them:

“Our purpose in designing OLED screens is to extend the service life as much as possible, but if the OLED display is left in a static visual effect for a long time, image retention may occur on the OLED display.

However, users can take precautions to protect the screen [by] Use the functions included in the Nintendo Switch system by default, such as the automatic brightness function to prevent the screen from being too bright, and the automatic sleep function to enter the’auto sleep’ mode in a short time. “

To summarize: they do not deny that aging is a problem, their statement seems to imply that, yes, eventually, it may happen-but you can use brightness levels and auto-sleep with caution.

So, should I worry about the aging of the Switch OLED?

CNET itself listed some things to alleviate their fear of aging: First, different games have different static functions, so unless you are playing identical After playing for a few hours, the OLED Switch will be fine.In addition, unlike mobile phones, Switch does not have an always-on menu element like a battery or a clock, and it do There is the automatic sleep mode we mentioned.

But, of course, some gamers play the same game for hours at a time-games like Fortnite, Minecraft, or Tetris 99. Obviously, these players will face a higher risk of screen aging, and even Nintendo does not deny it.

It should be said that since the Vita era, OLED technology has made progress, and the built-in solutions and measures can also alleviate the problem and extend the life of any screen you buy that may be used for long-term and daily use. This does not mean that your Switch OLED screen will not experience burn-in, but Nintendo has anticipated this problem.We can’t be sure until we spend a lot of time on the console-God knows Nintendo does not have a perfect record in terms of hardware-but unless you just play by turning off the automatic brightness sensor hour With 100% brightness every day, our intuition is that you will probably nothing.

However, CNET put it very succinctly: If you think that aging may occur, please “don’t buy a new Switch.”

Imagine making Buizel permanently displayed on your screen
Imagine making Buizel permanently displayed on your screen

you are, Generally speaking, it is unlikely to age on the console, even if there are warnings that playing a game for a few hours may cause it to happen. My phone problem only started to happen after I had it for three years. It was because I was a trash bag and watched too much TikTok. There is no doubt that my real punishment will be the barbecue I got in the comments. As for TV, problems become more likely when you have news channels and the like at many times, such as TVs in reception and waiting rooms.

We are not sure whether OLED screens will have serious aging problems, because we are not psychics, but the safest answer is that it is possible under certain conditions.As pointed out This Best Buy employee on RedditAnd by CNET, with Nintendo itself, we can take some precautions to reduce the chance of this happening: don’t let the screen remain fully lit for a few hours, especially on the menu screen, and set the console to dim or automatically after a few hours Sleep for a few minutes of inaction.

In addition, if you mainly use the Overwatch Marathon in handheld mode for a long time, you can always choose not to buy a new OLED switch at all. For some people, the risk can be balanced with the rewards of darker blacks, higher contrast, and brighter colors; for others, it’s best to just use a trusted ol’ LCD screen.