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Nintendo Switch OLED is not revolutionary, but it does represent a clear improvement: five aspects in which it is measured with its precedent

The criticism (without testing it) intensified when Nintendo announced the new OLED Switch that It will go on sale this October 8 and is proposed as a continuation, with only slight improvements, of the previous model. The expectations that had been created for the possibility of a Switch Pro (and whose rumors have not yet been turned off), with a substantial improvement in resolution and performance, were dampened with a console that many perceived as an insufficient improvement.

Once we have had it in our hands long enough to analyze it in depth, we have reached some conclusions about its capacity, its power and the possibilities it opens up to users. Is it worth changing consoles? What exactly are the changes? We have summarized it in five points that analyze the news and other renewed aspects in this new OLED.

El panel OLED

Obviously, it is the most notable and noticeable difference of this new screen. The HD resolution remains the same, 1,280 x 720 pixels, but the 7-inch OLED greatly improves on the previous 6.2-inch IPS / LCD. The increase in size is very noticeable: that unsightly black frame of the previous model disappears and the useful space occupies the entire panel. The sensation is that of a substantially larger screen, although in mathematical terms it is not so much, thanks to the use of the entire surface.

The density of pixels per inch of this new console is lower, so the sharpness of the image is slightly less, but again for practical purposes it is hardly noticeable. What is perceived are purer blacks and brighter colors. The screen change serves a bit as a representation of the console as a whole: it is not a substantial leap from the first Switch, but the improvements are there and they are noticeable.

Stand to hold the screen upright

Perhaps, along with the new screen, the great novelty of the device: a large tab that allows you to hold the console upright and that will benefit, above all, local multiplayer games. This is a useful and well-implemented addition to the case: the flange is thick and sturdy and appears to firmly support the position in which the console is placed.

Base changes

Essentially, the base that allows you to connect the console to the television remains the same. It has a welcome novelty: an integrated Ethernet port for online gaming (previously it was only possible with a device that was purchased separately), and that is compatible with the previous model. Otherwise, the stand looks more solid and elegant than the previous version. It is better reinforced inside, which allows the console not to suffer so much when inserted into the base.

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The only but is that the power ports, HDMI and the aforementioned Ethernet are hidden behind a lid that does not oscillate on one side, like that one, but is completely detached. As always, a matter of taste, but a sturdy tab like the back of the console would have been interesting. Otherwise, the support is superior to the previous one, the same size but with a more elegant design.

More internal storage

Unfortunately, since it was one of the most anticipated changes for that ghostly Pro that is not known if it will arrive, there are hardly any changes in the guts of the Switch. The 2015 NVIDIA Tegra processor that powers the games remains the same, and there has been no CPU or RAM modification. Of course, from 32 GB of internal storage it goes to 64. It is, without a doubt, good news for those who use the Switch primarily with downloaded gamesIf yours are indie titles, of which the console is very well stocked, without a doubt this looser space comes in handy.

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Compatible controllers, accessories and games

The clearest benefit that we are talking essentially about the same console is that all devices and controls are compatible between the old model and this one. This applies to both Joy-Con and, of course, games released before the arrival of OLED. Nintendo does not want to run into problems like those that affected some games that were only exclusive to certain versions of the 3DS.

Data sheet of the Nintendo Switch (OLED) and Nintendo Switch

NINTENDO SWITCH (OLED)

NINTENDO SWITCH

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

102 x 242 x 13,9 mm

320 grams without Joy-Con

420 grams with Joy-Con

102 x 239 x 13,9 mm

297 grams without Joy-Con

398 grams with Joy-Con

SCREEN

7 inch OLED

HD resolution (1,280 x 720 pixels)

6.2 inch IPS / LCD

HD resolution (1,280 x 720 pixels)

CPU/GPU

NVIDIA Tegra processor

NVIDIA Tegra processor

INTERNAL STORAGE

64 GB expandable with microSD cards

32 GB expandable with microSD cards

CONNECTIVITY

WiFi ac

Bluetooth 4.1

Wired LAN connection on the base (tele mode)

WiFi ac

Bluetooth 4.1

Wired LAN connection with adapter (tele mode)

VIDEO OUTPUT

Maximum resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 px, 60 FPS

Maximum resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 px, 60 FPS

AUDIO OUTPUT

Linear PCM 5.1 compliant

Stereo speakers

Linear PCM 5.1 compliant

Stereo speakers

SENSORS

Accelerometer

Gyroscope

Brightness sensor

Accelerometer

Gyroscope

Brightness sensor

PORTS

USB type C

Slot microSD

Slot cartuchos Nintendo Switch

Jack 3,5 mm

USB type C

Slot microSD

Slot cartuchos Nintendo Switch

Jack 3,5 mm

BATTERY

4.310 mAh

4.5-9 hours

Charging time: 3 hours

4.310 mAh

4.5-9 hours

Charging time: 3 hours

Others

Adjustable stand

Base with LAN port

Integrated Speakers

Compatible with Switch’s Joy-Con

Fixed bracket

Base with LAN port

Integrated Speakers

PRICE

349,99 euros

319 euros

Overall impressions: is it worth it?

We would not dare to advise the purchase of the OLED to someone who has the Switch in good condition. It is true that the screen is a welcome improvement (honestly, almost more for the size than for the OLED quality: the previous one was already a panel of a more than sufficient quality), but it is essentially the same console, with logical evolutions due to the passage of time and the cheapening of technology.

If you don’t have it, it’s another song: Switch is an excellent machine, with a great catalog of games that is constantly growing. The fastening tab, the redesigned base with built-in Ethernet and the increased hard disk, are very specific details, but the truth is that they round the product to perfection. Now Switch is better than a few months ago, and if you cherished the idea of ​​getting one, it is the best time (until the rumors of a Pro come back to the fore, of course)