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Nintendo Switch OLED vs Nintendo Switch: The 6 key things you need to know

The Switch OLED is the new and improved version of the 2018 Nintendo Switch. But are the exact differences between these consoles?

We’ve been lucky enough to test both consoles, so we can tell you all of the main upgrades you’re getting with the OLED and whether it’s worth the upgrade.

A new OLED screen

Since the latest console has OLED in the name, it might be obvious that the next-gen Switch has an OLED display, with a 7-inch panel that offers up a lot more vibrancy and contrast than the original Switch’s standard 6.2-inch screen.

In our review, the improved colour accuracy and vibrant colours were noticeable, with games like Breath of the Wild having more depth and adding more detail than the previous console.

The extra screen space also makes a huge difference, allowing you to see more of the world of Hyrule in a single frame.

Nintendo Switch OLED

A better stand

A small improvement that seemed to do wonders, the lacklustre and pretty temperamental Nintendo Switch kickstand has been upgraded, so you should fare better when trying to engage in tabletop play.

The Nintendo Switch OLED has a stand that is almost as wide as the whole console, making it a lot more sturdy. It can also be propped up at multiple angles, allowing you to find the perfect position.

Alongside the improved kickstand, we found that the Switch OLED felt firmer and more like a premium product than its predecessor, making it more appealing than the more fragile Switch.

Nintendo Switch OLED

Improved audio

Alongside the general improvements, the Switch OLED has improved speakers that produce louder and more detailed sound than the original console.

Nintendo hasn’t actually provided any detail on what the audio specs are for this console, but the audio is much more impressive, allowing you to better enjoy your game even without a headset.

Nintendo Switch OLED

Larger internal memory

While the jump in memory wasn’t the leap people were originally hoping for, Nintendo did listen and increase the internal memory, but only a little.

The Switch OLED now has a 64GB storage limit, double the first Switch, which sat at only 32GB. While this still isn’t as high as what people wanted, the extra space does mean you can store a few more games on your console, but you’ll likely still need to keep a microSD card handy if you want to play more than a few titles.

Nintendo Switch OLED

Ethernet support built-in

The Nintendo Switch OLED dock got an upgrade along with the console, as now you can utilise the new LAN port that allows for a wired internet connection without needing an adaptor.

The Switch required gamers to purchase an official accessory to establish a direct connection with their router, so it’s good to know that Nintendo has streamlined the process.

Nintendo Switch OLED

No sign of 4k

Even with the bump up to OLED, you still can’t play games or watch TV in 4K on the Switch OLED, in both the portable mode and when hooked up to the TV.

While in portable mode the console still caps out at 720p, which isn’t all too noticeable on a 7-inch screen. But when in docked mode, we found that the 1080p resolution didn’t look great on large TVs. The standard Switch has the same issue, but it may not be worth upgrading to the OLED if you play primarily in TV mode.

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