• November 29, 2021

Hands-on preview: Nintendo Switch model (OLED)

It has become the norm to see the release of hardware revisions of mainline game consoles, and if there is one company that is well used to that practice, it is Nintendo. Nintendo’s long history of releasing improved hardware during console lifecycles began with its first home gaming system, the NES, and the Japanese Famicom received a major facelift when it hit Western shelves in 1985. Some people You’ll also remember that the beloved Gameboy got cheesy and colorful pocket-size treatment, and let’s not forget the DS family of systems as well. From the beginning, almost every Nintendo console has had hardware upgrades in one form or another, and the Nintendo Switch is no different. On October 8 this year, the Nintendo Switch (OLED) model will be in the hands of consumers, and while it’s not the much-rumored ‘Switch Pro’ people were hoping for, it is home to some welcome enhancements that will enrich gaming experiences. gamers, especially those who predominantly play in handheld mode.

Settling into a hotel in London, Nintendo presented us with a short but informative slide show, highlighting the key features of the OLED model compared to its original counterpart. We were then able to fully explore the Nintendo Switch (OLED) model in this hour-long session, play around with its new dock, and try out some original evergreen titles, like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. U.S made Ask for a sneak peek of Metroid Dread, but unfortunately I wasn’t so lucky.

On the retail front, the OLED model comes in two variations: the white Joy-Con set and the neon red and blue Joy-Con set. Vertically packaged to “stand out on store shelves,” according to the Nintendo representative, each pack is sold at the same price ($ 350 / £ 309.99 RRP) and both come with the same upgraded base; we’ll see why it’s an -up step from the original dock later. It is worth remembering that the technology inside the Joy-Con is the same as what we have now. When we asked about the possibility of the white Joy-Con being available to buy separately, we were told that it will only be available with the OLED model, but that the white base will be available to buy on its own from the Nintendo store. .

It’s easy to see how pre-orders went through so quickly. It is a beautiful console, even from the packaging, and more when it is in your hands. The screen size has been increased to an impressive 7 inches, something that is difficult to measure with images alone. When comparing this to the original 6.2-inch side-by-side LED display, it’s remarkable the difference it makes. We kicked off a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game and headed for local multiplayer with a Eurogamer reporter. After * ahem * winning each race, the main conclusion of each round was how bright and vibrant the colors appeared. As we circled the Yoshi Circuit and made our way through the twists and turns of Ribbon Road, every detail seemed sharper and more refined. Of course, the OLED model doesn’t have a more powerful chipset (it’s the same custom NVIDIA Tegra X1), but the display made a considerable difference.

The same applies to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild. As Link awakened from his 100-year dream and stumbled onto the famous cliff edge, the first 10 minutes of the esteemed open-world adventure were bursting with color; the Great Plateau looked even more amazing, and we had to lower the brightness as it was almost too dazzling. It’s worth noting here that we turned off auto-brightness entirely for testing purposes, but the feature remains and reacts just as quickly as it does with the current model. We decided to tilt the screen so that the lighting in the room would refract off the Switch’s screen and our view of the action was barely altered. This could be a huge benefit for gamers who want to tackle their favorite titles outdoors, as the original LED screen tends to struggle when exposed to direct sunlight. It also benefits from a slim bezel that does a great job of amplifying the larger screen. Make no mistake though, the OLED display it is the star of the show.

Another complaint that some have with the current console is its small stand. It is true that the rather small and flimsy mount does serve its purpose, however the lack of adjustment means that it is restricted with a single viewing angle. So when we carefully flipped the OLED model over and pulled out the sturdy, almost fully adjustable stand to jump into Mario Odyssey, it was refreshing to have the option to alter the angle the way we really wanted to. The console can lie virtually completely flat with it fully ejected. Again, this is a feature that will help convince those playing tabletop mode to upgrade, however, we do not anticipate this necessarily influencing TV mode players to dare we say the same. change.

Although miniscule, we are told that the OLED model weighs just above the original counterpart. It’s only a fraction and it’s not particularly noticeable. The stereo speakers, however, deserve a little mention as the audio was a bit clearer, especially in Breath of the Wild. Nintendo stated that the integrated speakers have been improved and by turning the volume up all the way we are inclined to agree. But for the most part, we couldn’t get a huge upgrade, other than how strong the stock was.

As mentioned above, the next member of the Switch family comes with a new and improved base. The first thing we immediately noticed (aside from its beautiful, sleek white color) was how much sturdier it felt compared to the original spring. It also felt a bit heavier. Its rounded edges, matte finish, and glossy interior give it a much more premium look and feel – it’ll complement your bookshelf, that’s for sure. The bottom of the spring has a different material that helps to hold it in place and after grabbing the new spring it stayed firmly in place when we tried to move it, which will be a bonus for those who have wandering toddler hands on her hands. homes! Instead of a hinged door, the back of the spring is left clean. Easily snaps back into place with a satisfying click. Nintendo has chosen to remove the USB port behind the flap on the back and replaced it with a built-in LAN port, which promises to reduce lag in TV mode. Fans of games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will reap the benefits of this, along with more competitive players who depend on a stable internet connection.

In the preview event, we did not see the OLED model working while in docked mode, however on a few occasions we were reminded that the guts of the console are no different than the Nintendo Switch ver1.1 model, that’s the one. It has the improved battery life available today. In terms of onboard memory, the OLED Switch comes with an expandable memory capacity of 64GB compared to 32GB of expandable memory for the original Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite. However, we noticed when experimenting with the adjustable stand that the memory card slot is much easier to access and not half as complicated.

It is clear that the Nintendo Switch (OLED) model is aimed at consumers who mainly play in handheld mode. TV mode lovers may not feel the true value here, but again, it could influence your preferred habits thanks to its enhancements. For example, with the screen clearer, you may want to re-experience some of your favorite games in handheld mode. And when docking the OLED model, you will not be able to tell the difference with your original console, the bar of the beautiful white base that is located under the TV. However, the sensational OLED display, almost non-existent bezel, and louder speakers certainly left an impression on us. This updated Switch model will allow you to play anywhere, anytime and with anyone more comfortably. In its own right, that could be enough to attract not only a new fan base, but also tempt existing Switch players to part with their money once again.

Nintendo UK provided a one hour hands-on session with the Nintendo Switch (OLED) model.

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