Should You Buy the New Nintendo Switch (OLED)

The new Nintendo Switch (OLED) is almost here. However, the console’s big reveal ended up being somewhat of a damp squib, particularly for fans who had fallen foul of the hype surrounding the forthcoming console.

Many of them have been asking whether they actually need the new Nintendo Switch. If you’re undecided, let’s find out whether the Switch (OLED) is worth buying or not.

What Is the Nintendo Switch (OLED)?

The Switch (OLED) is the follow-up to Nintendo’s immeasurably popular Nintendo Switch console. Nintendo announced the Switch (OLED) on July 6, 2021, alongside a selection of the console’s features.

These features include:

  • A 7-inch OLED screen.
  • 64 GB of internal memory.
  • An Ethernet port in Switch Dock.
  • Improved built-in speakers.
  • An improved kickstand.

The Switch (OLED) is due for release on October 8, 2021. And if you’re keen on grabbing one, expect a rush, as pre-orders sold out within minutes at Best Buy and Target.

Should You Buy the Switch (OLED)?

In order to answer this question, you first need to place yourself into one of two categories. The first is people who don’t yet own a Switch. The second is people who do already own a Switch. Let’s take a look at whether either group needs that OLED model.

People Who Don’t Own a Switch

Nintendo Switch OLED model stand
Image Credit: Nintendo

If you don’t already own a Switch, but are looking at investing in one, should you buy a regular Switch, or a Switch (OLED)? Well, there’s a case for both.

First, the original Switch will probably drop in price when the new Switch (OLED) arrives. So, if you’re not particularly fussy about having a slightly larger OLED screen and double the internal storage, then you could always pick up the original Switch and pop a 128 GB micro-SD in it.

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On the flip side, if you are going to appreciate that extra screen space and the vibrancy that an OLED screen has to offer, then you can hang fire and wait for the new Switch (OLED) to drop in October. Be aware that it’ll also set you back $50 more than the current price of the standard Switch.

To be fair, if you don’t already own the Switch, then you’ve already waited four years to buy Nintendo’s latest hardware. Waiting another three months isn’t going to make much of a difference, so the Switch (OLED) is probably worth buying if you don’t own a Switch already.

People Who Do Own a Switch

Nintendo Switch

If you do own a Switch, then you may be thinking about upgrading your console to the Switch (OLED). But do you need to?

The answer here is probably not. So let’s illustrate what the Switch (OLED) offers over the 2017 Switch.

The 2017 Switch has a 6.2-inch screen. The new Switch’s OLED screen is 7 inches. So you’re not getting a massive display upgrade in terms of real estate. The major upgrade comes from the display quality the OLED screen possesses.

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However, how often do you use your Switch in handheld mode? Is it enough to justify the screen upgrade? If you use it handheld only, then perhaps so; you could always trade your old Switch in against the cost of the new one and soften the financial blow a touch.

Saying that, if you play your Switch when it’s mostly connected to the TV, then you’re going to notice no differences at all. Nintendo hasn’t improved on the Switch’s guts, so you’ve still got all the same processing power with the Switch (OLED).

In this case, you certainly don’t need to invest in the new Switch (OLED). Not unless you’re a collector and want it for completing your pile of Nintendo bounty.

Do You Need the New Switch (OLED)?

Gaming on Nintendo Switch OLED model
Image Credit: Nintendo

As you can see, whether you need to buy the new Nintendo Switch is down to several factors. In short, you probably don’t need to, unless you don’t already own a Switch and want to see what the fuss is about. In that case, hang on and get one with a better screen and some extra memory.

Image Credit: Nintendo

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