The Switch OLED's superior screen has ruined my regular Switch for me
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fairly easy
I didn't want a Nintendo Switch OLED. But after going hands-on with it, my normal Switch just doesn't look the same.
When Nintendo announced the Switch OLED model, fans weren't too happy. Many had anticipated a Switch Pro was coming and had some big (though reasonable) expectations. Many hoped for resolution bumps in both docked and handheld mode. It didn't help that publications like Bloomberg had been publishing credible reports that further raised those hopes.

Then came the crushing disappointment. The new Switch wouldn't give Nintendo games a major graphical boost. Instead, it would simply feature an OLED screen that was bigger and brighter than the base Switch's LCD display. Its other bells and whistles felt like they should have been there all along, like a wired internet port and an adjustable kickstand. We certainly weren't getting a PS4 Pro-style upgrade here.

Now that the initial frustration has passed, it's time to focus on what the Switch OLED actually does, rather than what it doesn't. I went hands-on with Nintendo's new console, testing it with a demo of Metroid Dread. While I don't think that the Switch OLED will be a necessary upgrade for most gamers, it's undoubtedly a better iteration of the console that has me tempted to upgrade.

Incrementally better

At a passing glance, the Switch OLED looks and feels about the same as a base model, save for its white Joy-Cons. But the big difference is in its screen, which explains why Nintendo opted to focus on that in its naming convention, rather than calling it a Pro model. The OLED display is notably bigger than that of a base Switch. The console itself…
Giovanni Colantonio
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