I skipped the Nintendo Switch OLED and waited for the Switch Pro – here’s why

The Nintendo Switch OLED is falling out of the blue, and it feels like it could be a victim of high expectations (not that it won’t perform well). But if my personal reaction is shared with others, I’m sure many existing Switch owners don’t see much reason to upgrade.

In the months (and years) leading up to this announcement, we’ve heard of the Nintendo Switch Pro and Nintendo Switch 2, consoles that will dramatically improve Nintendo’s hugely popular handheld gaming device. 4K rendering and a new faster chip are rumored to be improved by Nintendo. And then, we got the OLED Switch, a very different system.

Nintendo Switch OLED is not for TV

Nintendo Switch OLED

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I can think of one, and only one, example of current Nintendo Switch owners who should consider an OLED Switch. People who play it separately and not locked. That includes Switch Lite owners like my friend Kate Kozuch, who explains that the OLED Switch is a long-awaited thing.

People who often drop their Switch will see a 7-inch OLED display that might be nice. I’m sure it will be fine, but over the last few years I’ve rarely seen LCD panels on my Switch, as I use them primarily plugged into my TV. Maybe in about a year or two, after I travel more often, I will consider choosing an OLED model.

Nintendo Switch OLED

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So is the nice new kickstand. I’m so happy to see Nintendo stop using the very annoying and hard -to -open kickstand that has so far relied on the Nintendo Switch. I spent so much time unlocking the code, scratching it with my fingernails (and at least one credit card) that I was still pleasantly surprised to be able to get quality assurance at Nintendo.


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