Nintendo Switch – OLED Model Review: These Games Have Never Looked Better

The Nintendo Switch – OLED Model is the most advanced Switch ever made. This is the best version of Nintendo’s current-generation console. The improvements are subtle but important, and the unit feels premium. Its makers highlighted the improvements, including a larger screen, stronger speakers, and a wider and stronger stand. These all make it a more desirable product. It’s the new standard in handheld console play in 2021. The Switch Switch Lite is no longer portable, so it doesn’t have the same flexibility for home use.
This is the summary of my review. If you have read enough good stuff, then I am glad that we were able to either confirm your thoughts or add to the confusion of contradicting voices. This is my point. The longer version requires that we begin with what we had prior to the OLED’s arrival: A perfectly wonderful console, despite its flaws.

The original Nintendo Switch was launched in 2017 alongside an avalanche of marketing. Few of us were prepared for the reality. Advertisement showed us how we would take this hybrid home-and-handheld console to parties (rooftop setting optional) and then pick it up from the dock to board a flight to get our game from a convenient suspend status somewhere across the Atlantic.

Yet, this is the way we have used this device. It’s been incredibly close to me over the past four year. My original Switch has been to many bars and pubs, has been with me everywhere I have traveled, and is now a constant companion in my backpack. It has been to parties, been shared with others, and lit up my commute in The Before Times. It has been connected to other devices for local multiplayer, and I have logged through numerous online Mario Kart 8 Deluxe races. It was actually more realistic than the marketing – something not often seen with new products promising new ways of playing.

As someone who has played on many gaming hardware over the past 35 years, my earliest memories of gaming were on a ZX Spectrum playing Frogger rip-offs called Hopper. This console is, in my opinion, the best. It is what it is. With its many flaws, the 2017 Nintendo Switch was. There were detachable JoyCons that could drift, a stand that couldn’t support the system’s weight and an interface that could scratch the screen. The box also had half-assed online capabilities. A 720p display was barely visible, but it did blurred a few cross-platform titles.

Even with all the negative aspects, the Switch’s good qualities have elevated it to an all-timer. The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt may not look as great on Switch as on an expensive PC. However, I can still play it on a bus, plane, bed, or the toilet if I want to. It’s amazing that such a game exists on the Switch’s library. Games 1, 2, 4, and 5 from GAMINGbible’s greatest games of all-time list are available on the system. The Switch spans all generations of gaming in a way that is unmatched. It can bring 8-bit platformers back to life and can also deliver an immersive, immersive, beautiful open-world experience such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This thing is amazing. This is the thing that’s been put in the shadow, rather than a successor that does enough for the OG Switch to take the crown.

The OLED is a great addition to this already appealing mix. First, it is not the rumoured Switch Pro – although the OLED runs your games at 720p handheld resolution, the difference in how the moving images are generated, and the improvement, is obvious. Although the original Switch’s LED screen was fine, there is a reason so many devices now use LED. OLEDs emit light from every pixel of the screen, whereas an LED screen uses a backlight to create its image. Organic Light Emitting Diode is the real clue. They are all lit up at once, and there are many of them.

In practice, this means that your Switch games will appear sharper and crisper with greater colour contrasts and darker darks sitting nicely alongside gleaming brights. It’s not surprising that OLED screens are much more detailed than older Switch screens, especially pixel-art games. Cartoon-styled titles are also a benefit. Streets of Rage 4’s game of the year, Hades, appears richer on OLED than ever before.

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