After years of anticipation, a new version of the Nintendo Switch is finally here. The Nintendo Switch OLED model is exactly what it sounds like — a Switch with an upgraded OLED display — but it also brings a number of other promising upgrades to Nintendo’s hybrid games console.
The Nintendo Switch OLED is launching on Oct. 8 for $349, and is available for preorder now. Here’s where to buy the new system, and how it stacks up to the existing Switch and Switch Lite.
The Nintendo Switch OLED model is available for preorder now in white and neon at most major retailers, including Best Buy and GameStop. As has been the case with PS5 restocks and Xbox Series X restocks, we expect the new Nintendo Switch to sell out fast, so make sure to bookmark the links below and check them frequently if you miss out the first time around.
Based on our experience with the PS5 and Xbox Series X, you’ll have to exercise some patience and refresh often if you don’t see the option to buy right away. Best Buy and Walmart have their own unique queue systems in which new stock usually gets released every few minutes, while consoles often randomly pop in and out on other stores. As we do with all highly coveted tech gadgets, we recommend making accounts and saving your payment info on the above retailers’ websites, which can save you precious seconds when trying to check out.
As its name suggests, the biggest change to the new Nintendo Switch is its 7-inch OLED display, which is both larger and more advanced than the 6.2 and 5.5-inch LCD screens on the Switch and Switch Lite, respectively.
OLED screens are designed to deliver deeper blacks and more vibrant colors than standard LCD displays, as each pixel is individually controlled. In our testing of various TVs, laptops and phones with OLED, we’ve found these types of screens to deliver a really nice boost in color and contrast. As such, we’re eager to see how titles such as Metroid Dread and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild look on the new model.
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It’s worth noting that while the new Switch display uses OLED, it still carries the same 720p resolution as previous versions. So while colors may pop a bit more, you won’t necessarily notice a finer level of detail while exploring Hyrule or jumping around the Mushroom Kingdom.
A fancy new OLED screen isn’t all the new Nintendo Switch has going for it. The OLED model has a wider adjustable kickstand that spans the entire back of the system and allows for multiple viewing angles, which is a nice step up from the small and somewhat flimsy stand on the base Switch model. There’s also a built-in Ethernet port for those who want to use wired internet for the best possible connection when duking it out online in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
The Switch OLED comes with 64GB of onboard storage for digital game downloads, which is double the 32GB you get on the Switch and Switch Lite. Nintendo also says the S
Nintendo Switch OLED preorders are here — and they’ll likely go fast
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