Nintendo unveils the Switch OLED model, which is definitely not a ‘Pro’ model

    
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But bigger!

Good news, Nintendo Switch fans; the rumors about a Switch Pro model turn out to have been sort of true! But also bad news, Nintendo Switch fans, because those rumors led everyone to expect something very different than what the Switch OLED model is offering. The new model definitely offers a bigger screen, a better stand for setting it up in portable mode, better speakers, and more base onboard storage… but that’s about it.

Yes, all of the improvements to the console mostly come down to making it better as a portable device, with the display still at 720p on its built-in screen or 1080p when connected to the dock. If you were hoping that this would be a turbo-charged version of the same console, you will have to learn to live with disappointment. Of course, considering that the Switch has a substantial library of good games, including ports of several titles such as Skyforge and Warframe, this may not be a terrible thing if you haven’t yet bought one.

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jealouspirate

Pretty big letdown. I have a switch and would be all over a new one with better performance, but this isn’t worth it.

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Danny Smith

Gonna have to dust off an oldie for this one:

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Vanquesse V

A Switch Pro sounds enticing, but has Nintendo ever pulled off a half-step upgrade? Specifically when it comes to improving the feature set or upgrading the power

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cursedseishi

New 3DS is the only time they did (at least in recent years as I recall), and it did not go over well at all. It was a beefed up 3DS, which had its own slate of ‘exclusive’ games (nothing to brag about, though) that could run on an old 3DS but would be total ass, and only really ran well on the New 3DS.

And I do mean it did not go over well at all. Far as I recall, there were only two games ‘released’ for the New 3DS. Not even new games though, just Ports. Xenoblade Chronicles 1, and Hyrule Warriors.

People were honestly being stupid thinking Nintendo would actually do a proper ‘Switch Pro’ that could do 4k and whatever else though–even if just up-scaled 4k and not true. There’s zero incentive for it, they’ve failed the last time they tried to do a step-up console, and it means putting them in more direct competition with Sony and Microsoft while also meaning they’d have to source new chips that are currently already making it a struggle to produce these newer systems.

It’d likely end up like the Wii-U.

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Vanquesse V

the DSi shop was a pretty big flop imho. The N64DD was probably even worse.

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Schmidt.Capela

The N3DS also ran better some of the 3DS games, such as Smash Bros.

Besides, for people like me who crack the console to run homebrew it improved on the base system quite a bit. Emulators, in particular, ran fairly better on the N3DS thanks to the faster processor and extra RAM.

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Leo

I personally never liked the whole ‘pro’ models for consoles, so not a bad update for me. The screen on the switch was never the best and the stand was a rather basic tiny thing.

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DeviateFish

Great for people who don’t have one, but want to.

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Greaterdivinity

Man, that dude at Bloomberg needs to lose his Nintendo contact. Years of these rumors, and I’m sure we’ll still have years more to come, and still a giant whole lot of nothing. Oh well, time to stop waiting and just pull the trigger on this or one of the skinned bundles at some point. Been wanting some Nintendo back in my life.

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cursedseishi

Honestly, going in fresh on this one wouldn’t be a bad idea. Mileage varies, but a proper stand and better screen and speakers is a plus for portable use and the dedicated port for ethernet on the dock should have been there to start. And while the increased memory ‘sounds’ good, its still literally nothing–so I’d say grabbing a MicroSD card for extra storage is still pretty much required.

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Schmidt.Capela

Do remember that the Switch version of games tend to be smaller (and, for the bigger ones, far smaller) than for other consoles or PC; unless Nintendo changed something since last time I looked, Switch games can have a base size no more than 16GB, with a few workarounds that can extend that to 32GB but are rarely used due to being a pain in the ass for the user.

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TheDefensior

I’d been waiting for Nintendo to finally show their hand this year and while I’m disappointed, it’s also nice for my wallet since I don’t need to worry about wanting one any more!

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Fisty

This was so disappointing. No real upgrades, same sad joycons, tiny little 64GB storage, even the LAN port upgrade just shows how bad the wifi is on the original and is just a quick fix for people. The games will be the same, the graphics are still the same, no improvements on performance. Boooo.

All for the low low price of $350.