The Nintendo Switch (OLED model): Price, Release Date, Specs, News, and Games

An updated Switch is on the horizon. Here's what you need to know

There's a brand-new Nintendo Switch on the way for 2021. It features a 7-inch OLED screen, 64 GB of internal storage, enhanced audio, a wired LAN port, and more.

Nintendo Switch OLED model
2021 Nintendo Switch (OLED model).

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When Will the New Nintendo Switch Be Released?

Although some very early rumors said 2020 was the year of the new Switch, the rumor mill ultimately began targeting 2021 for release of the next-gen console.

The industry at one time collectively referred to it as the Nintendo Switch Pro or Super Switch, but Nintendo made the official announcement in July, squashing those rumors with the real name: Nintendo Switch (OLED model).

Nintendo says that the updated Switch will be available on October 8, 2021.

Nintendo Switch OLED Price

The 2021 Nintendo Switch will launch at $349.99. There's a white version and one with neon red and neon blue.

This falls in line with early assumptions. With an emphasis on higher graphics resolution and power upgrades, Nintendo was expected to sell the device for somewhere in the upper $300 range and compete more with Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Sony's PS5.

How to Pre-Order Nintendo Switch OLED

There are several ways to pre-order the new OLED Switch, but availability varies, with some retailers reporting that the device is unavailable right now or out of stock. The best advice we have for getting your hands on the new Switch as soon as possible is to simply check these links frequently.

Best Buy

Gamestop

Target

Walmart

Amazon

Nintendo Switch OLED Features

The Switch will come with two Joy-Con controllers that attach to the console, but can be used separately, too. Up to eight consoles can be linked up for extended multiplayer, or you can play local co-op or online with a Nintendo Switch Online membership.

There are three modes that the OLED model can be used in:

  • TV mode lets you dock the Switch to play on your TV. Online multiplayer functionality can be had through the use of the built-in LAN port.
  • Tabletop mode uses the adjustable stand to let you play locally with a friend.
  • Use Handheld mode to take advantage of the full screen in your hands using both controllers.
Nintendo Switch OLED model with stand

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Nintendo Switch OLED Specs and Hardware

The OLED model of the Nintendo Switch is slightly longer than the standard model and weights a bit more. The screen is nearly a whole inch larger and is an upgrade from the old model's LCD screen. The standard Switch offers the same maximum storage as the OLED model but comes with half of the 2021 Switch's internal storage (32 GB vs 64 GB).

2021 Switch (OLED model) Specs
Size: 4" high, 9.5" long, 0.55" deep
Weight: .71 pounds
Screen: 7.0" OLED / 1280x720
CPU/GPU: NVIDIA Custom Tegra processor
Storage: 64 GB, expandable up to 2 TB with microSD
Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ Bluetooth 4.1
Video output: Up to 1080p via HDMI in TV mode, up to 720p via bult-in screen in Tabletop and Handheld modes
Audio output: 5.1ch Linear PCM, output via HDMI connector in TV mode
Speakers: Stereo
Buttons: Power and volume
USB connector: USB Type-C for charging or connecting to dock
Headphone/mic: 3.5mm 4-pole stereo
Game card slot: Nintendo Switch game cards
microSD slot: Compatible with microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC cards
Sensor: Accelerometer, gyroscope, and brightness sensor
Battery/charging: Lithium-ion battery / 4310mAh / 4.5-9 hrs / 3hr charging time

Nintendo Switch OLED Games and Backwards Compatibility

The Switch (OLED model) is compatible with all Switch games. See the Nintendo Game Store for a listing.

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