Nintendo Switch OLED model comes out in October

The Nintendo Switch OLED model is coming out just in time for Samus Aran’s next adventure.


Nintendo on Tuesday revealed its Switch OLED model, the long-awaited upgrade to its hybrid console. It’ll be available on Oct. 8 — the day Metroid Dread comes out — and costs $350, $50 more than the original.

The 7-inch screen is slightly bigger than the regular Switch model‘s 6.2- and the Switch Lite‘s 5.5-inch LCD screens, but the new model’s organic light-emitting diode display will offer more vivid colors and crisp contrast. It also features a wide adjustable stand (compared to the original model’s flimsy kickstand), a new dock with a wired LAN port, 64 gigabytes of internal storage and “enhanced audio for handheld and tabletop play.”

It offers the same 4.5- to 9-hour battery life as the regular Switch (the Lite lasts 3 to 7 hours), and uses the same Nvidia Custom Tegra processor. It weighs 0.93 pounds (420 grams) with Joy-Cons attached, compared to the regular model’s 0.88 pounds and the Switch Lite’s 0.61 pounds.

It’ll be available in two color variations — one with white Joy-Cons and a matching dock, and the other with neon and blue Joy-Cons and a black dock. Your old Joy-Cons will also be compatible with the new model.

Nintendo’s reveal mostly lines up with a Bloomberg report from earlier this year, but is missing one feature — the ability to output at 4K to a compatible TV when docked.

UK and Australian prices were not announced, but $350 converts to about £255 or AU$465.

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