How to Turn Off Vivid Mode on the Nintendo Switch OLED

How to change the Switch OLED's 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 not affect 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 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.

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 previous 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 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.

  • How do I turn off my Nintendo Switch OLED?

    Hold down the Power button on the top of the console for three seconds to bring up the Power Options, then select Turn off. If you can't access the Power Options menu, hold down Power for 15 seconds to force the system to shut down.

  • How do I reset my Nintendo Switch OLED?

    To reset a Nintendo Switch OLED, go to System > Formatting Options > Initialize Console > Initialize. Resetting your Nintendo Switch will erase all data and user accounts. Games you've purchased can be re-downloaded through the Nintendo eShop.

  • Do I need to upgrade to the Nintendo Switch OLED?

    No. If you already have a regular Switch, there's no reason to upgrade to the Nintendo Switch OLED. The OLED model has a slightly better screen and speakers, but everything else is the same.

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