Nintendo announced a new version of its popular Switch game console on Tuesday.
The new model has a larger, more colorful display, will be available on October 8th, priced at 349.99 US dollars. This price is a premium over the standard Switch’s $299.99 and Switch Lite’s $199.99.
The console will be launched during the gaming boom driven by the pandemic. But at the same time, high demand and continued chip shortages have made it basically impossible to buy video game consoles easily. Sony and Microsoft, which released new video game consoles last fall, have yet to catch up with demand.
Here’s what’s new in Nintendo’s upcoming Switch console:
- The new Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) uses, as its name implies, an OLED screen that’s brighter and more colorful than the screen on the standard model.
- It has a 7-inch screen versus the 6.2-inch screen on the standard version and 5.5-inch screen on the Switch Lite.
- It has improved speakers.
- It has twice the storage of the regular model, though that can be expanded with a memory card, and has the same estimated 4.5 to 9 hours of battery life depending on usage.
- It has a new kickstand design that should improve its stability when placed on a table. The previous version sometimes fell over.
The Switch update is relatively iterative. OLED screens are already used across the gadget industry and appear in phones, tablets, and TVs. While it offers some added functionality, like a dedicated jack to plug in an internet cable, most of the other hardware features appear similar.
It also lacks some things gamers might have appreciated, like a sharper display with support for 4K content. It will play the same games as the regular Switch and Switch Lite. Nintendo took a similar strategy with its DS series of handheld devices, and even the Game Boy before them.