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5 reasons to upgrade to Nintendo Switch OLED you really should consider

While many advise against upgrading to the OLED model for those who already own the standard version of the Nintendo Switch, I disagree. If like me you use this console mainly in handheld mode, the transition to the new model makes sense. I’ll explain why.

When the new Nintendo Switch OLED was announced, everyone expecting a PRO version of the console was disappointed. Except me. To tell the truth, I too was expecting a upgrade of the graphics chip but, on balance, I am still satisfied.
This OLED model in fact brings several improvements that not only make a difference, but convinced me to sell the old model to upgrade immediately upon its release on the market.

The update is even more recommended for those who own the very first version of Nintendo Switch of 2017. For these models the battery life indicated was between 2.5 and 6.5 hours. The version released quietly in 2019 instead presents a renewed variant of the Tegra X1 chip with a significant increase in autonomy and new slightly brighter displays produced by SHARP (310 Nits compared to 290 of the previous model).

f you think it’s not worth the change, let me tell you the 5 reasons to upgrade to Nintendo Switch OLED that you should really consider.

Wide OLED Display

The most obvious step forward concerns the display. Nintendo Switch OLED, as the name can easily guess, mounts an unprecedented 7-inch OLED panel with a thinner and more pleasant frame.
Although the resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels unfortunately remains the same as the first model, it is still a big leap forward compared to the old 6.2-inch LCD display.
The new OLED technology in fact guarantees deeper blacks and a color rendering of a very different level, with more vivid and saturated colors. A real feast for the eyes.

Unlike LED screens, OLED screens do not need a backlight and generate images using the light emitted by each individual pixel.
By turning off the pixels it is possible to create much darker blacks, greatly improving the contrast.
Furthermore, even if not expressly indicated, OLED technology should require a lower expenditure of energy, thus improving the overall autonomy of the device.

Improved Audio

Nintendo claims that the Switch OLED offers “enhanced audio” without providing any technical details about it. These are the built-in speakers that can deliver clearer and improved sound in portable or tabletop mode.
It is not clear if this is due to the better quality of the speakers or their new front position, however from the first tests carried out by those who have had the opportunity to try it, this really seems to work. We just need to know this.

New Dock with LAN Port

The dock also changes, the accessory that allows you to connect the Switch to the TV and play comfortably from the sofa. The new version has a rounded design and on the back houses – in addition to the charging port and HDMI – 2 USB-A and an Ethernet LAN, to connect the console to the network via cable.

You know, a millisecond can make a difference when playing online. How many online multiplayer games will I have lost due to high ping or sudden signal drops. That’s why I really appreciate the added LAN port in the new dock. Although wireless connections are increasingly efficient, wired one in my humble opinion still remains the best solution in terms of low latency and overall efficiency.
Splatoon 3 is almost upon us and I want to be ready to the battle.

Redoubled Storage

Memory has been doubled from 32 to 64 gigabytes. It may seem like a trifle, I bet you are smiling thinking about the 128gb with 160MB / s SD memory card you bought for spare change.
There is actually a big difference in performance between the built-in storage in the console and the additional memory you can increase via SD cards. In fact, the first is decidedly faster in loading the installed games. It is therefore not just a question of quantity, but also of quality.

Cost and Depreciation

I posted an ad on the web to sell my Nintendo Switch purchased in 2017. I sold it after only 3 hours at a price equal to 70% of its original value. A very high figure for a console from 4 years ago, especially considering that in 2019 a revised version with increased battery life was released. How did I do it? Limited stocks or just luck? Neither.
The answer is very simple. Nintendo products, just like Apple’s, tend to depreciate very slowly.

The exclusivity of their hardware and software ecosystem makes their products unique. Their philosophy is similar: quality with attention to the smallest details and an almost “magical” user experience. If you want to play Super Mario or Zelda you have no other choice, just as if you want to use iOS you must necessarily opt for an iPhone.

This is why selling a used Nintendo console is so easy and allows for a high profit margin, especially if it is still of the current generation. Now, to buy the new OLED model, I just need to add less than $ 100 to what I have already recovered from the sale of the old used model. I’d say it’s worth it.

Model
Nintendo Switch OLED
Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch Lite
Display
7” OLED Multi-Touch
6.2” LCD Multi-Touch
5.5” LCD Multi-Touch
Internal Storage
64 GB
32 GB
32 GB
Battery Life
4.5-9 hours
4.5-9 hours
3-7 hours
Enhanced Audio
Wired LAN Port
Wide Stand
Model
Nintendo Switch OLED
Display
7” OLED Multi-Touch
Internal Storage
64 GB
Battery Life
4.5-9 hours
Enhanced Audio
Wired LAN Port
Wide Stand
Model
Nintendo Switch
Display
6.2” LCD Multi-Touch
Internal Storage
32 GB
Battery Life
4.5-9 hours
Enhanced Audio
Wired LAN Port
Wide Stand
Model
Nintendo Switch Lite
Display
5.5” LCD Multi-Touch
Internal Storage
32 GB
Battery Life
3-7 hours
Enhanced Audio
Wired LAN Port
Wide Stand

Luigi Cigliano

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