Console Title: Nintendo switch OLED
Developers' HQ: Kyoto, Japan
Price: Standard – $349.99 USD
Release Date: October 8, 2021
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It might not be the Switch Pro, but the Switch OLED remains the best version of the Switch so far, and is a borderline essential purchase for those that play primarily in handheld or tabletop mode.
Overall, the Switch OLED is a nice system coming out at an odd time, as it’s been over four years since the release of the original Switch. Based on Nintendo’s past release history, that would indicate a new console some time around 2023. So it’s a big ask of people to buy a $350 system if something better is just around the corner. (Nintendo has categorically denied that it has plans for a new Switch as recently as last week, but that doesn’t preclude that one will come out eventually.)
A bigger, better display and an excellent kickstand make this a great handheld game system, but if you keep your Switch docked all the time, you'll never notice.
The Nintendo Switch OLED is a welcome upgrade, but one that pleases more than it wows. It's an inherently flawed product due to the console's original hybrid design: dock the Switch OLED, and the benefits of the sumptuous new 7-inch display, redesigned kickstand, and enhanced speakers vanish. If you’re a first-time Switch buyer this is undoubtedly the model to buy, but the improvements to the Switch OLED will only really benefit handheld and tabletop mode users – and if you’re thinking of upgrading, don’t expect a Nintendo Switch Pro.
The Switch OLED doesn't just look better – it feels better, too.
The Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) is a strange console. The larger, more vibrant screen makes this easily the most desirable Switch yet, but it's also a revision that could and maybe should have come two years ago. It lacks the mid-generation performance upgrades that we now expect, and that makes the upsell much more difficult to justify. Whether or not you should buy one is entirely up to whether you demand the best of everything, play your Switch games predominantly in handheld and tabletop mode, and happen to have the spare cash lying around.
The best thing about the Nintendo Switch OLED is how easily you can switch between playing on your TV to gaming on the go – that hasn't changed. What has changed is what it's like to play on the handheld console. Whether you're using it alone or with friends, the bigger brighter screen makes everything more enjoyable.
The OLED Nintendo Switch improves upon the original Switch by offering a superior display and kickstand, while keeping the same compelling home-and-handheld form factor and now-massive game library.
The Nintendo Switch OLED is almost everything you'd want from a handheld gaming console.
The Nintendo Switch OLED sports a gorgeous screen, an improved kickstand and lots of storage space. It’s an easy recommendation for first-time Switch buyers — and an extravagance for current Switch owners.
The Nintendo Switch OLED provides great value for the handheld user, but not enough upgrades to the TV experience to consider making the upgrade if that’s how you play.
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- Eurogamer: 3.0/5.0
- Polygon: Highly Recommended
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