A bigger and better screen, ethernet connection, and a larger tab on the back for desktop gaming. Those are the main novelties that Nintendo has included in the third version of its current console, the Switch. The system, which hit shelves in March 2017 to take over from a failed Wii U, is on track to become one of the most successful systems in the Japanese manufacturer’s history. And also in the video game in general.
Over the last five years, the company has been able to provide its hybrid with a rich catalog – which includes authentic jewels, such as ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ or ‘Luigi’s Mansion 3’ – and, In addition, it has known how to update the system by launching versions that adjust to the interests of any type of user. In 2019 the Lite arrived, a machine designed for exclusive use in portable mode, and now, two years later, it is the turn of the Switch OLED, which improves a lot from what we could find in the first version without changing anything at all. Now, the price remains at 349.95 euros, very close to that of the previous device, which currently stands at 300.
At ABC we have been testing the new Nintendo machine for the last week. Enough time to be aware that the manufacturer has risked just enough by putting on the shelves a system more focused on increasing the commercial life of the Switch family than on convincing the old user -the one who has been playing the machine for a few years- of run back to the store on duty to scratch your pocket. Make it clear that we are facing a review, not a completely new console.
Of course, there will be those who have the classic version and decide to buy the new one, because, in the end, the same thing happens with Nintendo as with Apple: it has gone beyond the concept of a brand to become ‘something more’. It is what many of the systems with which the children of before began to crush buttons must have been manufactured.
Everything a little better
One of the main claims of Nintendo Switch is its portable mode. Although with the original version of the console – not with the Lite – the user also has the option of connecting it to a screen, at ABC we have always preferred to play with it independently, as if it were a Game Boy. As we said, the new model sports a 7-inch screen somewhat larger – specifically, 0.8 inches – than the original. When it comes to playing we have noticed a difference, although not crazy either. To the touch, however, the sensations change a lot. The new system is more compact and perhaps even more comfortable and robust than its predecessor. The materials also feel of better quality.
The model also incorporates collar OLED which offers more vivid colors and better blacks than the old model. Of first, the difference is remarkable and it becomes even more evident if we play the same video game first on one device and then on the other. We have done the test with the brand new ‘Metroid Dread’, which has been on the street for just a week, and with the ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’, which we are quite used to.
The jump is considerable; possibly not as much as expected before the announcement of the console, when it was pointed out that it could include 4K resolution at least in the moments when the machine was connected to the television. But even so, it is still more than enough. There is also a significant improvement in the sound. The battery, however, offers a similar autonomy, it moves in the range of 6 hours.
As we explained, the new console, in addition, iIncludes a longer tab on the back to be able to adapt the console to the situation that the user wants. Thanks to it, the system is much more stable than in the previous model. The hybrid too increases its capacity up to 64 GB, an important jump if we take into account that the previous one was at 32. However, it is still advisable to scratch your pocket a bit and use a micro SD card to grow a little more.
For whom it is?
The last major update is found in the ‘Dock’, the device used to connect the console to the television, which now has an ethernet port to improve the connection to the network through the use of a cable. The novelty will surely be to the taste of those who use the Switch online to compete with other users, although the truth is that, at ABC, we have rarely had a problem with the connection in the previous model.
With all this, Nintendo Switch OLED is a console that will allow the Japanese company to extend the life of the hybrid, possibly for at least two more years. The changes, although interesting, do not justify that the one with the previous model makes the jump, although maybe it is interesting for those who have a Lite and want a more competent system.