Pre-orders for Nintendo’s new OLED Switch model start today, July 15, at 3 pm ET / 12 PM PT, the company announced today. The console is set to be released on October 8 for $ 350, a price increase of $ 50 compared to the standard Switch model. Nintendo offers no specific details, and leads customers to check directly with stores for how to handle pre-orders.
The Verge will have a complete pre-order guide for an OLED switch soon, so come back later today to find out how Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart and more handle pre-orders for the popular new console.
The OLED switch, as the name suggests, is largely focused on upgrading the screen of the original switch, replacing the 6.2-inch LCD screen with a brighter, richer 7-inch OLED panel. However, the resolution, RAM, CPU and even the physical dimensions of the console are the same as the original model. Despite the rumors, the OLED Switch offers no “Switch Pro”
Also new is a redesigned kickstand (which spans the entire unit and appears to be a remarkable improvement on the original’s flimsy stand), “improved sound” for the built-in speakers and a new dock that adds an integrated Ethernet port.
Capturing a new console is a difficult business these days, as anyone who has tried to buy a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X in recent months can attest to, with bots, scalpers and the huge demand from thousands of customers who are all trying to snap up a limited number of consoles. And if demand is about as high for the OLED switch, you probably need a healthy dose of luck to catch one when pre-orders open later today.