[Review]Nintendo Switch Organic EL model, good for mobile users, but you can skip it if you just connect it to your TV | TechCrunch Japan

The new version of Nintendo’s blockbuster Nintendo Switch is different enough to justify itself, but it must be bought by millions of people who bought a traditional Switch. It’s not a thing. With a larger, brighter, and more powerful display, the Switch is a good choice for those who want to use it primarily as a handheld game console, but for those who use it primarily as a stationary game console, there’s little reason to upgrade. That said, many will be sold during the 2021 holiday season.

Determining what Nintendo’s hardware strategy looks like and whether it really exists is difficult, no matter how good the time. 350 dollars (37,980 yen including tax in Japan)Nintendo Switch organic EL modelIs a good example.

When rivals Sony and Microsoft are appealing that next-generation game consoles are the strongest, Nintendo has almost the same version as the game consoles that were already low performance when they were released five years ago. To be released. Are you straying? Or are you so confident?

Rumor has it that the new Switch, which has the same shape but has an upgraded interior and a modified display, was scheduled for sale in 2021, but it wasn’t possible due to a pandemic and a lack of chips.

In order to take full advantage of this situation, Nintendo has installed an OLED display on the original hardware and is selling it as an update for a slight improvement in QOL, as it has been repeated with 3DS for many years. is. Nintendo denies most explanations and speculations, but I think this story (again, just a rumor) is correct.

I don’t know what to say about it. The OLED display model is clearly better than the original, but the improvement is only minor and may not be improved at all by some people.

It goes without saying that the display is the best. I played “Metroid Dread”,

The fast-moving, colorful and high-contrast environment was wonderful. The dark areas of the OLED display made the bright areas and colors clearer (although the peak brightness was actually lower as measured). The display size has also been expanded to 7.0 inches. It looks minimal in the picture below, but it’s actually a very big point, making the details, details, UI, and text easier to understand.

In addition, dust is conspicuous on the black front surface.

Image Credit: Darrell Etherington

In moving scenes, OLEDs have a faster pixel-by-pixel refresh rate, which makes it less likely that a frame will blur to the next frame, giving the impression of improved clarity. The display of the original Switch is definitely fine, but the OLED display is clearly better.

It’s different in color from the original LCD display, but most people won’t notice it in the game. To my eyes, the original LCD display was closer to magenta, while the OLED display was closer to green. Interestingly, the OLED model has “brilliant” and “standard” options for settings. “Bright” was selected in advance, and I was certainly happy. It adds a bit of saturation to the image, but not enough to bother you.

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In addition to this, the overall quality has improved. The thin kickstand is more sturdy and adjustable, and is well organized overall. There are no major changes to the internal structure, but the slightly improved thermal profile results in a slightly lower operating temperature and less fan use. It seems that the speakers have also been improved.

The 64GB storage memory of the Switch organic EL model has been significantly upgraded from the 32GB of the original model. Of course, many would put in a micro SD card, but it’s good for everyone and reduces the need to archive old games.

If you mainly play Switch games on the console, or plan to do so, the Switch Organic EL model is a great device. I’m not saying it’s worth the price to upgrade, but if you’re buying a new console after giving or selling the first model, it’s worth the extra $ 50 (about 5,000 yen in Japan). There’s no doubt (it’s about 15,000 yen more expensive than a mobile-only Lite, but the trade-off of not being able to display it on a TV is always hard to justify for me).

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Of course, for someone like me who often docks the Switch all the time except when traveling, almost nothing changes. Technically, a new dock has arrived, it’s more rugged, and Ethernet connections have been adopted for those who like wired connections, but otherwise it’s pretty much the same.

There’s no doubt that the Switch Organic EL model is the best way to play Switch games, but no one should ever feel the need for an upgrade. No one knows when Nintendo’s next-generation console will appear. I think even Nintendo doesn’t know much about that. So for now, unless your Switch is tattered or something you should get in someone else’s hands, you don’t have to force yourself to buy it.

Image Credit: Darrell Etherington

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