Looks like the rumors were true, again. Nintendo is releasing an enhanced version of its best-selling Nintendo Switch console.
The Nintendo Switch OLED edition, not the “Pro” as it was previously hinted at, will arrive on October 8th, the same day that Metroid Dread arrives on the platform. There’s no word on pricing yet, but it’ll likely be just a bit higher than the original system.
It comes with a much bigger OLED screen than the original system, with a 7” screen. In addition, there is enhanced audio through new built-in speakers, along with a much wider – and more adjustable – kickstand, a LAN port included in the system dock, and 64GB internal memory – double the size of the original.
“The new Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is a great option for players who want to experience the new vibrant screen when playing in handheld and tabletop mode,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “With the addition of this new model to the Nintendo Switch family of systems, people have an additional choice of a system that best fits the gaming experience they desire – whether it’s Nintendo Switch (OLED model), Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite.”
The system features three modes of play, broken down below:
TV mode: Set the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) system into the dock to play Nintendo Switch games on the TV. By using the built-in wired LAN port, players can enjoy another way to connect online in TV mode.
Tabletop mode: Flip the stand on the back of the system and use the system’s screen to play multiplayer games using two Joy-Con controllers right out of the box. A wide adjustable stand makes for a solid and sturdy foundation. It allows players to freely tilt the system and adjust the viewing angle, so it makes it easier to see the screen.
Handheld mode: Players can bring the system wherever they go in handheld mode and play local or online multiplayer with friends. The system’s 7-inch OLED screen provides vivid color and crisp contrast.
There will be two different colors available at launch: a white one, pictured above; and a red and blue model, akin to the Mario colors. The system will also be fully compatible with all previously released JoyCon controllers, as well as all its games.
We’ll see what the price point looks like in the weeks ahead. Enjoy the commercial below!