It’s a rather exciting week in the world of Nintendo, with Metroid Dread arriving alongside the Nintendo Switch OLED Model this week. That’s a bumper line-up at any time, and you can see our reviews of both below.
At the top of this page, though, you can check out Digital Foundry’s technical review of the system, which looks at multiple iterations of hardware and even takes a look at the original PS Vita’s OLED as a comparison. If you prefer reading to video you can check out the write-up on Eurogamer.
Overall, and focusing on the OLED model upgrade in terms of that all-important screen and the build quality, it’s a very positive assessment.
Ultimately, the Switch OLED model really is all about the screen and while some may be disappointed with Nintendo’s approach to this machine, the new machine delivers the premium quality I’ve always wanted. It addresses every major weakness in the physical design of the existing unit while greatly enhancing the screen. It looks so much better that it makes me want to use the system in portable mode more often – especially when you see just how beautiful a game like Metroid Dread looks running on the revised system. But of course, if you only play in docked mode, you will not see any real differences. Yes, it has a new modified dock with a more pleasing design and an actual LAN port, but beyond that, this is truly is the same system as before.
We don’t know when Nintendo will deliver a next-generation Switch console but until that time, the new OLED Model is the absolute best way to enjoy the machine’s excellent library of games. If you don’t own a Switch and you’re looking to buy one, this is the one to get. And if you’re already a Switch owner and display quality in portable mode is important to you, this is a must-have upgrade.
Let us know what you think, and if you’re planning to pick up an OLED either at launch or into the Holidays.