It’s been months of rumors, but Nintendo has finally (surprised) announced a new Nintendo Switch model. It’s being called the Nintendo Switch OLED and it dons a 7‑inch screen with a wider adjustable stand. It will be releasing on October 8th, alongside Metroid Dread, and will cost $350.
The announcement mentions specs, including 64GB of internal storage, enhanced audio, and a wired LAN port built into the dock. Although the dock supports HD, the debut trailer doesn’t acknowledge any performance improvements or 4K support. The technical specs confirmed by Nintendo states the Nintendo Switch OLED maxes out at 1080p in TV mode. It will come in a black-and-white finish with a white dock, which you can see in the trailer, and a neon red-and-blue set with a black dock. All Joy-Con controllers will be compatible with the new model.
Prior to this announcement, reports suggested the new Switch would have a 7‑inch OLED screen and a better CPU from Nvidia, capable of outputting 4K in docked mode. Nintendo told The Verge that this model “does not have a new CPU, or RAM from previous Nintendo Switch models.”
Nintendo previously claimed it would not be announcing a Switch hardware change this year, but when the time was right. Of course, this unveil comes with hand-in-hand with the ongoing semiconductor shortage that is impacting all tech industries, especially console and PC part production. Nintendo’s president says the company is also suffering from the shortage, which is also impacting the supply of the Switch.