Rumors vs. Reality: Nintendo Switch OLED

Written by Renée Borcas

July 7, 2021

On Tuesday, Nintendo announced a new OLED model of their Switch console. Rumored for some time now, Nintendo fans expected an upgrade, but the finished product isn’t exactly what audiences were expecting. 

Donning an upgraded screen and a handful of improved features, the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will drop on Oct. 8 for $349.99.

The rumors about this console weren’t entirely wrong. Sources like Bloomberg reported that Nintendo would release an upgraded Switch in 2021. This console — dubbed the Switch Pro — was predicted to be more expensive and have an improved screen. But the rumors didn’t stop there.

Placing a Nintendo Switch OLED in a docking station
Nintendo

Supposed leaks took on a life of their own, hyping up fans to believe this would be a major upgrade to the four-year-old system. Speculations included the likes of enhanced computing power, 4K high-definition graphics and fixed Joy-Con drift.

In reality, it doesn’t appear that the new model will meet the set expectations. However, it isn’t without its fair share of upgrades.

The OLED Switch will include a wider, adjustable stand for tabletop play, 64GB of internal storage (previously 32GB), a new dock with a built-in wired ethernet port, and improved audio for the undocked system.

Nintendo has not mentioned any changes to the console’s internal power, 4K support or Joy-Con improvement.

The Switch (OLED model) will be compatible with the original model. Joy-Cons from either device will work with each other, the upgraded dock will be available for purchase as a standalone item, and all games will work on the OLED system.

Switch Pro truthers still speculate if the product’s announcement was pushed back to release alongside the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Additionally, computer chips have been in short supply, so a delayed release would likely help with meet the console’s expected demand. 

Until then, handheld Switch players can enjoy a slightly improved experience with the OLED model.