Nintendo Switch OLED release date, price, specs, and is it 4K?

After months of speculation, we finally know what Nintendo's mid-gen refresh of the Switch looks like – and it's called the Nintendo Switch OLED. 

Nintendo made the announcement on July 6 on its official Twitter account, after many speculated the new console would be revealed before or during E3 2021 in June.

The Nintendo Switch OLED aligns with some of the rumors we’ve been hearing about the updated console, and comes with a 7-inch OLED screen, which is larger than the Switch’s 6.2-inch LCD display.

Nintendo Switch OLED: Cut to the chase 

  • What is it? A mid-gen refresh of the Nintendo Switch with an OLED screen
  • When is it out? October 8, 2021
  • How much does it cost? $349.99 / with two color options available: white and Neon Blue/Red

Nintendo Switch OLED release date and price

The Nintendo Switch OLED will be available October 8, 2021 and it costs $349.99 (around £250 / AU$450 - conversions are likely below RRPs). The current Nintendo Switch costs $299.99 in the US, £279.99 in the UK, $469.95 in Australia, while the Nintendo Switch Lite, which is a handheld-only device, costs $199.99 / £199.99 / AU$329.95. 

It means that the Nintendo Switch OLED costs $50 more than the standard Switch model, which isn’t a massive premium to pay for the new features on offer.

Nintendo Switch OLED features

Woman playing Nintendo's new Switch OLED console

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We know that the Nintendo Switch OLED’s main appeal is its organic light emitting diode display, or OLED for short. OLED is widely regarded as one of the best display technologies around, as unlike an LCD screen, it doesn’t rely on a backlight to display images. Instead, it displays images using light emitted by each individual pixel, which means you can get perfect inky blacks and higher contrast levels.

The display size of the Nintendo Switch OLED is also larger than the original Switch’s LCD screen. It’s now 7 inches, which should give you a bit more real estate when you’re huddled over playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with friends, and provide some added immersion when playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 when it eventually releases sometime in 2022. 

Some surprises come in the form of a wider, adjustable stand, and enhanced audio quality; however, it doesn't look like the Nintendo Switch OLED will support spatial audio tech like Dolby Atmos. Instead, it appears that the speakers on the unit itself have merely been upgraded for a better experience when playing in handheld or tabletop mode. 

Nintendo Switch OLED new speakers and audio quality

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Another new addition includes wired LAN support, which will come as a relief to those who feel Nintendo Switch’s online games aren’t the most stable or reliable when played over Wi-Fi. It’ll also benefit titles like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 3, the latter of which is due to release in 2022.

Thankfully another area where the Nintendo Switch OLED improves over the original is when it comes to internal storage. The Nintendo Switch OLED has 64GB of internal storage as opposed to the 32GB found on the original Switch model, and there’s still support for compatible microSD cards.

View of the rear of the Nintendo Switch OLED showing its wider kickstand

The kickstand has been greatly improved (Image credit: Nintendo)

The Nintendo Switch dock has also received a subtle upgrade, as it now sports rounded edges for a more modern looking design, and comes in an off-white, which matches the new White color scheme of the Nintendo Switch OLED. The console is also available in the classic Neon Blue/Red color combo with a black dock.

Nintendo Switch OLED technical specifications

Nintendo Switch OLED on a marble table in tabletop mode

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Want to know about the ins and outs of the new Nintendo Switch OLED? Check out the full breakdown of the console's technical specifications below:

  • Size: H 4 x  W 9.5 x D 0.55 inches
  • Weight: Approximately .71 lbs / .93 lbs with Joy-Con controllers attached
  • Screen: Multi-touch capacitive touch screen / 7-inch OLED screen
  • Resolution: 1280x720 (720p)
  • CPU/GPU: Nvidia Custom Tegra processor
  • Storage: 64GB (can be expanded using microSDHC or microSDXC cards up to 2TB)
  • Wireless: WI-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compliant)
  • Video output: Up to 1080p via HDMI in TV mode, 720p in handheld mode
  • Audio output: 5.1 Linear PCM
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • USB connector: USB Type-C for charging
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Battery life: approximately 4.5 - 9 hours
  • Charging time: approximately 3 hours

Is the Nintendo Switch OLED 4K?

Hand lifting Nintendo Switch OLED out of dock with Joy Con controllers in front

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Surprisingly, no. One of the biggest features the Nintendo Switch Pro was tipped to have was the option to output at 4K resolution when docked, but the Switch OLED will only output at 1080p, just like the regular Switch. This seems like a big missed opportunity for Nintendo, and might make the upgrade a little harder to justify for some. 

It’s likely that the Nintendo Switch OLED display will stick to the 720p output of the original Switch too, as it means existing Switch software won’t have to be upgraded. This means that rumors of Nvidia DLSS support, which using AI upscaling to help games achieve 4K, is off the cards.

What happened to the Nintendo Switch Pro?

Nintendo Switch OLED price reveal

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The Nintendo Switch OLED is essentially the Nintendo Switch Pro that has been heavily rumored for quite some time. The technical specifications all line up with what we’ve heard previously, though the biggest outlier is the lack of 4K resolution support when docked. 

It’s unlikely, then, that Nintendo will announce another Switch model anytime soon, so those hoping for a more powerful Nintendo Switch model may be disappointed.

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