Nintendo Switch OLED differences breakdown

Should you buy the OLED Nintendo Switch? Here are the key differences from the base model.

After months of rumors regarding new Switch models, Nintendo finally revealed a new OLED model, due to arrive in October this year. A new Switch is certainly exciting, but what exactly separates the OLED Nintendo Switch from the base console? We’ve broken down the Nintendo Switch OLED model difference below, with our opinion on whether or not you should buy or upgrade to it.

Nintendo Switch OLED differences

Nintendo Switch OLED differences base model
 
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Much as many of us were hoping for a Switch Pro, the OLED model is far from it. Before we dive into the adjustments, it’s worth stating that the OLED Nintendo Switch tech sheet doesn’t reveal any differences to the internal hardware of the console beyond storage space. The chipset remains a customized NVIDIA Tegra, with handheld resolution capped at 720p and docked at 1080p. The new production of the same parts could see a minor framerate improvement, but that’s far from a guarantee. Here’s what we do know is different:

Feature

Nintendo Switch base model

Nintendo Switch OLED model

Screen

6.2” LCD display

7” OLED display

Internal storage

32 GB

64 GB

Wired Internet connection

Only with purchase of USB LAN adaptor

Built-in LAN connection (docked mode)

Stand

Flimsy and fixed

Wider stand with adjustable angles

Audio

Standard

“Enhanced audio” in handheld mode

Size

102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm

102mm x 242mm x 13.9mm

Weight

297g, 398g with Joy-Cons attached

320g, 420g with Joy-Cons attached

Price

$299.99

$349.99

Along with the adjustments listed above, the Nintendo Switch OLED model also comes with a brand new color of Joy-Con. When it launches, the OLED Switch will be available in a new white set, or the classic Neon Red/Neon Blue.

Should you buy the Nintendo Switch OLED model?

Nintendo Switch OLED differences should you buy it
 
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The short summary:

  • Own a Switch and primarily play handheld? Maybe, if you can stomach the cost.
  • Own a Switch and primarily play docked? Probably not.
  • Buying a Switch for the first time? Yes, if you can afford the extra cost.

The biggest draw for the Nintendo Switch OLED is right in the name: the new OLED screen. It’s larger, and should offer a big improvement to the brightness and color depth on offer. If you’re a Switch player who primarily plays in handheld mode, the OLED display is likely tempting. But at $350, that’s a steep upgrade for a larger screen and improved audio.

For those who mostly play in docked? There’s not a lot to get excited over here. Beyond a doubling of internal storage (easily expandable already via microSD cards), the only other boon is a built-in ethernet port. Dedicated competitive Smash fans will be pleased to see newer models incorporate one, but chances are most of them have purchased USB LAN adaptors already. 

For new buyers, however, the Nintendo Switch OLED becomes a much, much better offer. For just $50 over the base model, you’ll get a massively improved display, twice the storage space, and a machine far more suited for shared play in handheld and tablet modes. If you’re looking to pick up a Switch soon, we’d recommend waiting to pick up the OLED Switch if you can wait for October.

Have the Nintendo Switch OLED model differences got you tempted to pick it up? Or will you be content to stick with your base or Lite model until the Switch 2 is eventually unveiled.

Associate Editor

Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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