The nintendo switch has proven to be a popular and versatile platform that blends handheld and console gaming sensibilities, but with the earlier rumors of a major enhancement for the switch on the horizon, it set expectations to some sizeable levels. So, after weeks of online chatter, it was surprising to see the switch oled instead an upgraded model of the existing device built on the same internal components which wasn’t quite the next step forward. That fans were expecting, but after a recent hands on session with the new nintendo switch oled, i got to see its upgrades in person which helped affirm what this new device is all about, but let’s get this out of the way. First, is the nintendo switch oled model a must buy at 350? Honestly, that all depends if you’re a first time. Buyer then the oled model is certainly a compelling entry point. But if you’re expecting the new switch to transform the current console into something different, then you’re in for some disappointment. Aside from its upgrades, the switch oled is essentially one to one with what’s already out there. Its peripherals are also interchangeable with the standard switch model. So if you have joy con controllers that you want to keep or stick with the current docking station with the two usb ports, you can certainly carry them over to the oled model. What i found most interesting about the oled model was that it helped bridge the gap between the handheld and docked experiences amping up the way you play the switch as a handheld during my hands on session.

I brought my current launch era. Nintendo switch along with a ps vita, which also features an oled screen to make side by side comparisons, and it was evident that the new switch is a noticeable improvement compared to both devices compared to the switch and switch lights. Lcd screen the oled model’s 7 inch screen better displays, light and black levels, which presents a more vivid and illuminating picture that looks clear and bright in motion playing breath of the wild on the new display, really brought a sense of vibrancy, highlighting the contrasting colours when Overlooking the hyrule landscape, just after the iconic introduction, jumping over to mario kart 8 deluxe, the game’s 60 fps visuals looked incredibly smooth and sharp on the oled display. The new model makes handheld mode look better than it ever has, and it honestly made me interested in seeing how my other favorite games, like bayonetta 2 or smash bros ultimate, would look on the new display. The enhanced audio also added a lot to the sense of ambiance when playing games compared to the original switch’s smaller speakers. The new enhanced speakers are much larger, improving the sound levels and range while playing in handheld mode. The oled model also has slight improvements in additions. That give the console a better optimized design. For instance, the sd card slot has been altered, which now appears on a slope to make slotting cards a bit easier. It also comes in two different colour schemes, one with a black and white design with a white dock and another with the traditional neon, blue and red design with a black dock.

The key areas in which the switch oled sees improvements are focused on the handheld experience, while the switch’s handheld mode has always been convenient. It also offers less than perfect conditions for experiencing certain games compared to playing it docked. Unfortunately, the significant improvements with the oled model means the main benefits to come with. The new device will be lost when playing in docked mode. Despite these shortcomings, i still came away from my brief hands on with the new model, feeling largely relieved left, with the impression that the oled model offers the best switch handheld experience available. The new improvements that the oled model offers for the nintendo switch punctuate. What makes the handheld console such a fantastic device? The upcoming version follows a familiar nintendo tradition of producing improved models for existing platforms, much like the game, boy advance sp and the new 3ds xl. The switch oled is a clear improvement upon the current iterations of the console, elevating the platform’s strengths for portability and flexibility. The new oled model for the switch is not the true successor for the console and that’s. Just fine with that said, is it a necessary upgrade for those who are already comfortable with their switch, not necessarily, but i can’t deny that i was impressed with the subtle changes and improved presentation that the oled model offered, despite being comfortable with my current console. I can still see myself making the jump for this new and improved model because of how well its new presentation works.

The improved handheld experience does present an enticing offer to trade up to a new model, but i won’t feel too much fomo. If i ultimately decide not to with all that said, go buy metroid dread when it releases alongside the new nintendo switch oled.