Everything You Need to Know About the New Nintendo Switch OLED Model

After months of rumors and speculation, Nintendo has finally released details of the new Nintendo Switch in today’s announcement trailer! The two-and-a-half-minute clip shows new features, excited gamers, and the release date of the next-gen console.

Check out the full trailer below and keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the new Nintendo Switch OLED Model.

What is the New Console Called?

Nintendo dubbed its 2021 console the Nintendo Switch OLED Model. While many expected it to be called the Nintendo Switch Pro, Nintendo went a different route, highlighting the console’s new screen (more on this later).

While it’s not the most interesting name, the new Switch title is descriptive and straight to the point. 

What New Features Will We See on the Switch?

There are plenty of things to be excited about on the new console! Here’s what Nintendo chose to highlight in the trailer:

7-inch OLED Screen

The Nintendo Switch was made to be played on the go. The original console had a 6.2-inch LCD screen whereas the latest version boasts a 7-inch OLED screen!

These numbers may not seem that impressive at first glance, but it’s important to note that this is the diagonal dimension of the screen. Combining a larger screen with an updated OLED technology means you’ll be able to see even more detail in your games when playing outside of the console. 

7-inch oled screen

Wide Adjustable Stand

Since it first launched in March 2017, the gaming community has complained about the tiny kickstand on the Nintendo Switch. It’s fairly flimsy and doesn’t offer much in terms of adjustability. These two issues have been corrected on the new model!

We’re now graced with a thicker kickstand which has several levels to optimize your viewing angle. 

Wide Adjustable Stand on the new nintendo switch

Enhanced Audio

Nintendo didn’t say much about this feature, but it looks like the speakers on the Switch got an upgrade. This is another on-the-go performance increase that makes me think the company is leaning heavily on the mobile gaming aspect.

Enhanced audio feature image

Wired LAN Port

This one is major! The first Switch could only operate natively via a WiFi connection for internet access. Nintendo’s OLED model finally adds a LAN port to the dock to enable gamers to plug in an ethernet cable out of the box and enjoy faster internet speeds.

I imagine this will be one of the big value points for people who want to do any competitive gaming online on the Switch.

Wired LAN port on Switch dock

When Does the New Nintendo Switch Come Out?

The Nintendo Switch OLED model will launch on October 8, 2021. We get a new gray color that pays homage to the NES and SNES days in the latest release. 

This date also coincides with the release of Metroid Dread, so I expect there will be some launch bundles available this Fall. Super Mario Party Superstars launches in the same month, so the Switch is likely poised to have a strong holiday season this year!

Internal storage also gets a boost to 64 gb, up from 32 gb on the current Switch consoles. It’s still likely that people will need to buy an SD card to house all their extra games, but it’s a nice increase on the base storage.

Nintendo Switch OLED Model Launch date

Will you be picking up the new OLED model? What features are you most excited about? Join the conversation in the comments section, below!

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