PS5 Restock – The Nintendo Switch OLED is disappointing, but why does it surprise you?
You’ve likely already seen the trailer for the upcoming OLED version of the Nintendo Switch, an announcement that was greeted with joy when it appeared in my YouTube subscription box, but had all the fanfare of a counterproductive party popper once the trailer was released. it had reproduced. .
While we now know it’s not the Nintendo Switch Pro, the OLED Switch certainly sight the part. The larger 7-inch screen looks great on the handheld, and I’m in love with that sleek white finish on the base and the Joy-Con controllers. Additional features like an improved kickstand, LAN port, and expanded 64GB storage space are also welcome additions.
However, any enthusiasm I had for the OLED Switch was quickly quashed when Nintendo revealed the closest thing to Nintendo of all: The OLED Switch is simply an incremental upgrade, selling for a higher price than the original model’s RRP. While many fans, myself included, were legitimately upset by this, we really should have expected it, as it’s far from the first time Nintendo has done something like this, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.
Changing it, just
As mentioned, the standout feature of the OLED Switch is its namesake. And to be fair, the OLED technology is very impressive and fits perfectly in a handheld device. The PS Vita proved it beyond all doubt.
OLED allows for a much more vibrant image as well as true blacks thanks to the display’s ability to individually turn off individual pixels that are not being used. This is an advantage over LCD technology, which always has a basic level of brightness when displaying dark images due to the use of a backlight that casts light on nearby pixels.
OLED is sure to benefit from that smaller 7-inch screen, especially for games that can run comfortably in laptop mode, taking full advantage of the 720p resolution. I can certainly see vivid color games like the upcoming Splatoon 3 and indie favorites like Dead Cells really popping up on a smaller OLED screen, which makes the console attractive.
However, if you’re like me and use your Switch primarily in docked mode with a TV screen, you’d better stick with your basic Switch model. Why? Because Nintendo confirmed that the OLED Switch does not have performance improvements to incentivize a purchase by players in docked mode.
Previously, the OLED Switch was rumored to feature a number of hardware- and software-based upgrades. These include improved Joy-Con controllers that sought to eliminate the dreaded stick drift, longer battery life, and 4K support. None of these have happened though, as the OLED Switch can only hit a 1080p limit while in docked mode.
It’s certainly not the Switch Pro that we were led to believe would eventually exist, and it looks like those aforementioned improvements will have to wait for the next Nintendo console. But again: this shouldn’t surprise us in the least.
The same old Nintendo
Obviously, Nintendo is fantastic when it comes to making some of the most polished and replayable games on the market. However, your hardware strategy is constantly traversing peaks and valleys. The OLED Switch is just the latest example from the company releasing an “updated” piece of hardware that does little to improve the console it is iterating on.
We can see this as recently as the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo’s experimental handheld eventually grew to a solid library of games, but it was all too easy to get lost in the undergrowth of the myriad devices added to the 3DS family. Take the Nintendo 3DS XL which, like the OLED Switch, featured a larger screen than the base model, and little else. The 3DS XL also did not support higher resolutions, so some games could look pixelated on the inflated screen.
We have also seen the launch of Nintendo degraded console versions compared to their base models. The Nintendo 2DS (yes, it existed) ditched the clever clamshell design of its matrix, as well as the (admittedly divisive) 3D effect that really made some games feel more immersive for a wedge-shaped design. 2DS XL, which basically fell back on everything aside from removing the stereoscopic 3D effect.
More egregious was the Wii Mini, a bite-sized version of the Wii that cost less, but completely removed the original model’s backward compatibility with GameCube titles. As someone who is a huge fan of playing older games on newer hardware, the Wii Mini never got a second look from me.
This is not to say that Nintendo is not able to offer solid upgrades of older consoles. The company finally got it right with the New Nintendo 3DS, which despite its confusing naming convention, made add a bunch of solid improvements. These included a more powerful CPU and a second stick added underneath the front buttons of the console. Sadly, hardly any games took advantage of the added power.
Even more iconic was the Game Boy Advance SP, which was such an objective improvement over the base model that I wish Nintendo had gone with it in the first place. It was the first Nintendo handheld to adopt a portable clamshell design (if you don’t count some early Game & Watch devices), ditched AA batteries for a rechargeable solution, and even featured a backlight that was a boon to the kids. GBA owners tired of squinting. your screens in broad daylight.
The OLED Switch is not bad, it is simply unnecessary. The OLED screen will certainly be pleasing to the eye when playing certain games, but the mere lack of other significant updates just doesn’t justify the inflated price of the console. Stick it on the dock and all its appeal will fade.
I really would have loved to have seen a breakthrough from the Nintendo Switch OLED. The company had a real chance to catch up with the competition with 4K support, and would have even taken features like improved HD Rumble on the Joy-Con, as Sony has shown just how shocking haptic feedback can be on the PS5 DualSense controller. Even better performance when playing games in handheld mode would have been nice. The OLED Switch, after all, depends on the player using the undocked console.
Unfortunately, we’ll just have to wait to see what Nintendo has in store with its next-gen console (which we call the Nintendo Switch 2) before we see any genuine improvements, because the OLED Switch really isn’t. for me. That is until they announce a limited edition Metroid Dread bundle, which I will certainly buy and look like a massive hypocrite for doing so.
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