How to Turn Off Vivid Mode on the Nintendo Switch OLED

How to change Switch OLED screen colors

What to Know

  • Turn on the Nintendo Switch OLED and open the System Settings menu.
  • Select System.
  • Tap Console-screen Colors, then select Standard.

The Nintendo Switch OLED has two console-screen color modes: Vivid and Standard. The console-screen color mode will only change the built-in OLED display and has no effect on a connected television.

Vivid mode is on by default, but you can switch to Standard mode if you prefer.

How to Turn Off Vivid Mode on the Nintendo Switch OLED

Follow the steps below to turn off Vivid Mode on the Nintendo Switch OLED.

  1. Turn on the Nintendo Switch OLED.

  2. Press the Home button on the controller to open the Home Screen, if it's not already visible.

  3. Select System Settings.

    A screenshot of the Nintendo Switch Home Screen with the System Settings menu selected.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the menu and open System.

    The Nintendo Switch System Settings menu.
  5. Select Console-Screen Colors.

    A screenshot of the Nintendo Switch OLED System Settings menu with Console-screen colors setting highlighted.
  6. Tap Standard.

    A screenshot of the Nintendo Switch OLED with Standard color mode highlighted.

Your selection will take effect immediately. You can switch back to Vivid Mode in the same menu.

What Does Vivid Mode Do?

The OLED screen on the new Nintendo Switch OLED displays color differently than the LCD display on prior models. In general, an OLED screen will appear more colorful than an LCD screen. Vivid mode makes full use of OLED's superior color, which results in a more colorful and vivid image.

What Does Standard Mode Do?

Standard mode limits the colors visible on the new OLED display. Nintendo hasn't clarified the exact specifications of Standard mode, but an official interview with Nintendo's Toru Yamashita states Standard mode is designed to look like a conventional LCD display.

What's The Difference Between Vivid and Standard Mode?

Vivid mode can display a wider variety of bolder, more vibrant colors. Standard mode can display fewer colors, but is more balanced and can be more accurate.

Every prior Nintendo game console with a built-in screen used a form of LCD technology, so game studios making a game for a Nintendo console created game art with the capabilities of an LCD display in mind.

The Nintendo Switch OLED's Vivid mode has a bolder, more vibrant look that many gamers will prefer, but it can distract from the game's artistic design. The OLED's color can have a glowing or neon appearance that distracts from darker portions of an image.

Your choice between Vivid Mode and Standard Mode is a matter of preference. You might enjoy different modes in different titles. You can change the color-screen mode at any time, even after launching a game, so feel free to experiment.

Color aside, Vivid Mode and Standard Mode are identical. There is no difference in game performance, battery life, maximum display brightness, or game compatibility.

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