Nintendo Switch OLED announced and will release later this year

Nintendo Switch OLED White Docked

It’s happening, the Nintendo Switch Pro has officially been announced. But, it will now be called the Nintendo Switch OLED because it features an OLED screen, get it?

While many players were hoping for an upgraded Nintendo Switch in terms of specs, with rumours being that it would target 4K resolution, that doesn’t appear to be the case and just has some quality of life improvements.

According to the Nintendo website, the new console will feature a 7-inch OLED screen, which is slightly larger than the current 6.2-inch screens on the standard Switch console.

Nintendo Switch OLED White Docked
Credit: Nintendo

The new console will also feature enhanced audio, 64GB of internal storage, up from the original 32GB, and a dedicated LAN port to allow for a wired connection in TV mode, which will provide a much more stable internet connection when playing games such as Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Fortnite.

The Nintendo Switch OLED will come in a sleek looking white with matching Joy-Cons and will be available worldwide on October 8th, 2021 with an RRP of $349.

For those that don’t like the look of the white, a standard red and blue version is available which will look like the current Nintendo Switch model.

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In the announcement, Nintendo shared the news with fans saying,

!Meet the newest entry to the Nintendo Switch family! Nintendo Switch (OLED model) brings the versatility of the Nintendo Switch experience with a vibrant 7-inch OLED screen, a wide adjustable stand, and more. The new console releases on October 8.”

Metroid Dread is also scheduled to launch on October 8th, meaning this will be the first title to launch alongside the new console and it will also release just in time for the holidays, making it perfect for any OG Switch owners who are looking to upgrade. It is also likely that we will see the original Switch model eventually be phased out, just leaving the new Nintendo Switch OLED and Switch Lite as the two options for players to purchase going forward.

Check out the official announcement trailer below.

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