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Nintendo announces upgraded Nintendo Switch OLED model

By Arthur Apostol Published Jul 06, 2021 11:11 pm Updated Jul 07, 2021 12:43 am

The rumors have finally come true! Nintendo will be releasing a new Switch version, as the Japanese video game company revealed their newest handheld console iteration on their social media accounts.

This upgraded model of their handheld console is not called the Nintendo Switch Pro as most gamers and industry insiders have come to call the much-speculated upgrade over the past year. Instead, it is the Nintendo Switch (OLED model).

The upgraded handheld will feature a new 7-inch, 720P OLED display run by an upgraded NVIDIA Custom Tegra processor for its graphics, an adjustable stand, a new wired LAN port, 64GB of internal storage, and enhanced audio.

There is no clear detail yet on whether or not the upgraded graphics chip would also allow higher output resolution (such as 4K) when connected to a TV.

Players would still be able to experience the three modes of gameplay from the older model Nintendo Switch with the new console: TV Mode, the Tabletop Mode which utilizes its adjustable stand, and the classic Handheld Mode.

The OLED model will come in a new color option shown in its reveal trailer, a white dock with two white Joy-Con controllers, and black main unit.

The Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is compatible with the full library of Nintendo Switch games except certain accessories such as from the Nintendo Switch Labo line due to differences in size of the new console.

Many fans have speculated that the recently concluded E3 would have been the perfect time when they would announce the updated console, but were left disappointed.

The Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will launch on October 8 with a ₱17,275.43 ($349.99) estimated retail price.

*This article has been updated to correct details of the GPU, resolution on TV mode, and game library compatibility.

(Images from Nintendo)