Nintendo presents improved Switch with OLED screen

Photo: EPA A man walks past the Nintendo Switch logo during the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 in Tokyo, Japan

Nintendo is rolling out an improved version of its popular Switch that promises vivid colours, more memory and better sound this October, in an attempt to ride out the pandemic boom in video gaming.

As dpa outlines, the screen will not only gain about 0.8 inches, to span 7 inches in total, but it will also use OLED technology, which allows for higher contrast images compared to the traditional LCD panels.

Work has also been done on the housing: The stand for Tabletop mode will be wider, and the screen bezel will be somewhat narrower.

Other improvements include 64GB of storage, improved speakers, a new docking station for use in TV mode, and a LAN port for a more stable internet connection; the previous model only supported wi-fi.

In addition to the previously known black dock, there will also be a white model, according to Nintendo. There had been speculation in recent months as to whether Nintendo was planning a Switch version with improved 4K image resolution; however, the Switch OLED has the same HD resolution as the original model released in March 2017.

In the US, the new Switch will retail for $350.

Nintendo has benefited greatly from the increased popularity of video games during the pandemic, with Switch sales rising 37% to nearly 29 million units in the fiscal year that ended in March.

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