Switch OLED review: a more impressive upgrade than I thought

Hardware review is usually quite a difficult task. You have to analyze in-depth technical things in a arduous and tiring process, and this is usually barely visible in the final comment-but it all needs to be done behind the scenes.new Nintendo Switch OLED However, the model does not require such intensive testing-it is easy to explain and draw conclusions.

I believe some people will do more in-depth coverage, including the people of our brother publication Digital Foundry-but in the end, the new Switch OLED model can be briefly summarized: it is the Switch you know and love, but the display effect is better .much better

In fact, it is much better, I was a little surprised. I know how good an OLED display is-the original PS Vita has always been a high standard for handheld games, and I have a few lovely LG OLED TVs in my house-but it makes a big difference for me, allowing me to experience even older I was shocked by the content I was familiar with and the games I hadn’t experienced on the previous version of Switch.


Let’s get to the point. what’s the difference? Well, as the name of the machine implies, the main attraction is a new 7-inch OLED display. Although the size of this machine is more or less the same as the original machine (yes, this means that the existing Joy-Cons can work and even some old cases can be used), but this new screen is larger than the original Switch’s 6.2-inch screen Less than an inch. This brings one of the biggest benefits: it reduces the ugly black borders around the screen. This may actually be my favorite device feature; the screen now extends closer to the edge of the hardware, and it feels that the size increase is greater than the result.

However, size is not the main goal people are pursuing-it is the OLED format. For those who are not display fans, this stands for “Organic Light Emitting Diode”, which basically means that it is a more expensive type of display that can provide better overall image quality. You should get darker blacks and brighter, hotter whites and faster response times. The OLED panel is actually more energy efficient, but perhaps because it is a larger display, the battery life is about the same as that of a regular Switch.

The biggest difference of the display is the way it is illuminated-the OLED panel emits its own light, so there is no need for a backlight, which may produce uneven results or wash out the image. This is why even at first glance, the OLED display is more vivid. This also means that when a pixel is turned off, it is completely turned off-there is no backlight to brighten it from black to creamy gray. This is how you get those deep, intense blacks. Basically, when buying modern game TVs, OLED TVs are considered the gold standard for a reason.

OLED is always impressive, but I actually think it is always more prominent in handheld devices. This is why people celebrate Vita’s OLED panel so quickly, and why it has quickly become a mobile phone standard. The difference on Switch is day and night; the game is more vivid, so it attracts you into the experience more. When combined with the subtle bumps of the screen size, it is surprising how different it makes. I think it’s a trivial upgrade at best that actually feels transformative.


For clarity, I tested games that I am very familiar with on the original Switch and Lite, such as “Smash Bros. Ultimate”, “Breath of the Wild”, “Sonic Frenzy” and the recently reviewed “Wario Ware: Together Action”-but I also only played a new game Metroid Dread on OLED. All have enjoyed a significant improvement in image quality and experience.

To put it bluntly, it’s not just A sort of The new OLED screen is also a high-quality OLED screen. After all, not all panels are the same-but I want to say that OLED is one of the best panels I have seen on a handheld device. Of course, it surpasses Vita’s popular panel.

You can also get 64GB of storage space, better sound quality without headphones, and a stand that is more suitable for desktop games. If we can take the plane again, the last one may be transformative, just like the previous bracket is really bad-this one is the opposite, solid, solid, and reliable. It can also be adjusted to various angles, which means that if the idiot in front of you tilts the seat during flight, you can recalibrate the screen angle. To be honest, this upgrade must be felt to be understood, and although it is tactile, it is a good addition.

The last thing worth mentioning is the new terminal. Based on some discussions on the Internet, I expect there will be a lot of discussions about this terminal in the next few weeks, because people have already claimed that it is low-key “4K compatible”. Maybe it is, maybe not. Perhaps the Switch OLED was a 4K machine at first, but it was later downgraded due to a shortage of chips. Maybe 4K Switch is still being launched. This new docking station is functionally the same as the previous one, but with one major change: it has a built-in LAN port. This used to require an add-on that occupies a USB port, and a wired connection is better for twitch online games like Smash Bros-so this is a perfect and popular add-on. It is worth noting that you can still plug the old Switch model into this new base, or put the Switch Pro into the old base-if you go to a friend’s house, there is universal compatibility.


Finally, Nintendo did not specifically point out that the hardware itself has some general improvements. My favorite change is that the metal rail that holds the Joy-cons in place feels stronger and tighter than the original machine, which means that the terrible “this may break” swaying sensation I found is less ——The shortcomings are very tight. Not only is the bezel improved by its shrinkage, but it also looks better with its smooth finish. It is comprehensively improved.

That’s it. The performance in the game is the same; except for the screen, it is the same machine under the hood. I won’t lie, I really want an upgraded version of the Switch; a super switch, if you want. I still. I am always not interested in 4K resolution, rather than the more powerful Switch, which can provide more processing power for games that are difficult to maintain a stable frame rate, and the latter is relatively sufficient on the platform. Thanks to this, the disappointing lingering effect of the Switch OLED release is still what I want.

If you often play the Switch in a handheld device and like to dock it, then the Switch OLED is now definitely the best way to play. Due to its particularly low price, if the docking does not interest you at all, Lite is still more attractive-but this new model completely surpasses the original Switch. The question is how much you are willing to pay for it. At $350/£310, this is an expensive screen upgrade request-especially when rumors of the 4K model continue to circulate, despite Nintendo’s protests. I think this is an expensive requirement-but obviously, your mileage will vary based on how much cash you have.

But as far as the current situation is concerned, in addition to other fine-tuned screen upgrades, the upgrade of Switch OLED does not stop there. Like I said, the OLED display seems to have such a big impact on Switch games, which shocked me. Although I am very familiar with this technology, it exceeded my expectations.

Disclaimer: Nintendo provided the Switch OLED hardware unit for this pre-launch review.