Nintendo surprised everyone earlier this week when they announced a brand new system – the main selling point was the new 7 “OLED screen. Although confirmed, there are no CPU or RAM upgrades, but it does include a wider kickstand, improved sound , a stylish new dock and a wired LAN port.
A number of outlets have already had the chance to go “hands-on” with the system, so we’ve rounded up some of the highlights from each of these early impressions.
IGN loved the screen and compared the vitality with when the Game Boy Advance was updated, GameSpot said that the new OLED screen will not necessarily blow you away if you already have a “solid”
IGN – Tom Marks, Deputy Editor-in-Chief:
The power of the new screen becomes (not surprisingly) even clearer when turned on, and immediately shines bright and clear from pretty much every angle I tried. Honestly, it is not an exaggeration to compare the vibration with when Game Boy Advance SP got an updated model with a much brighter screen, which makes the original switch look noticeably weaker if compared directly. The colors are richer too, and I’m not kidding when I say Breath of the Wilds grasslands so almost cartoon green seen side by side.
The next most exciting feature of the OLED model (somewhat surprisingly) is actually the improved kickstand. It’s no secret that the base model’s offset kickstand is flimsy and unreliable, but I did not expect this version to provide such a resounding answer to the questions of its predecessor. Not only does it extend all the way over the switch, the hinges provide a satisfactory amount of resistance so you can easily lean it at almost any angle and rest assured that it will stay that way. It’s incredibly solid, with the same tactile matte finish as the back of the Switch Lite. If it were not for the charging port that was still blocked while you were getting up, I would say that the need for a third party stand is now anything but dead.
GameSpot – Alessandro Fillari, editor and producer:
While people who regularly play in docked mode with solid TVs will not be blown away by the visuals of the OLED model, this still makes the handheld mode look better than it has ever done. It made me honestly interested in seeing how my other favorite games, like Bayonetta 2 or Smash Bros. Ultimate, would look on the new screen.
… The most important areas where Switch OLED sees improvements are focused on the handheld experience. While the handheld mode is convenient, it also offers less than perfect conditions for experiencing certain games compared to playing it docked. Although I often prefer to play Switch games in the handheld mode, there are times when I play games in TV mode, which gives me a better sense of the game’s graphics and performance. Unfortunately, the significant improvement here is the OLED screen that the main advantage of the new model will be lost when playing in dock mode
The Verge – Dieter Bohn, Editor-in-Chief:
So the Nintendo Switch OLED model justifies its existence, but justifies it one Upgrade? For most people, the responsible answer is no. The improvements here will not unlock new gaming experiences or abilities, they just make the current experiences a little nicer.
I do not think I will be responsible. I knew to go in that it was “just” a switch with a bigger, brighter screen. I know that after playing it, handheld mode feels like a lot less compromise than it does today.
So there you go, some early impressions – of course you can read them completely on the respective sites. What are your own thoughts on Switch OLED at this stage? When you talk to most people, do you feel the need to upgrade? Do you think this might be a great place to start for a new Nintendo fan? As always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.