Today Nintendo revealed a new Switch model and, to be fair, it’s not much. It is a slight upgrade with a little more substance than the last slight upgrade. This has been disappointing to many and I can understand why.
So what does the Switch OLED bring to the table? First, it has a bigger display screen (the system itself is still the same size) that will have a better visual performance, as it is an OLED, just don’t except the highest performance as it’s still the same when docked. It also features a better kick stand for table top mode (that leg is so flimsy I’ve never actually used it). There’s also a wired LAN port in hopes we will stop complaining about dropped Smash matches. Another upgrade is better audio in handheld mode. There is 64 GB of internal memory and more if you add micro SD cards. It also comes in white.
And that’s about it. It’s really a nothing of an announcement, but it’s harmless. While I don’t feel strongly one way or the other personally, I hope it stays an option and not a forced upgrade as it costs $50 more (although three switch versions is a bit much and heading into the parent confusing 3DS/2DS/new 3DS/new 2DS waters). The improvements are welcome, if rather lackluster, and had this announcement happened in a vacuum, I could see people being amicable to ambivalent toward the announcement. But with rumors of a Switch Pro from almost the inception of the console, gamers expect more and it’s not unfair to say they do deserve more.