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According to a series of surprise tweets from Nintendo's Twitter account, Nintendo Switch will get an update. The Nintendo Switch OLED model will feature a colorful 7-inch OLED display and a host of new (albeit small) hardware upgrades, such as larger storage (64GB), an adjustable, wider footprint, and even an integrated Ethernet port (a first a Nintendo console). It makes us think that anyone competing in the handheld game space may have to rethink their plans and take some clues as to what has made the Switch so successful over the past four years.
We've seen a couple of serious attempts to reduce gaming computers to hand-held proportions to get games moving, such as Portable Handheld GDP Win 3, OneNetbook OneXplayer and Alienware & # 39; s Concept UFO. Although the idea of being able to play anything from the Steam library to the bus or train is very appealing. The balance of playing these games at an acceptable frame rate, with a decent enough resolution, keeping the battery alive long enough to enjoy these same games is a challenge we haven’t really seen yet.
When I look at something like the next one Smach Z laptops, which have 1080p screens and an impressive list of specifications, fantasy with the amazing that would be to leave all my favorite ROMs and treat it as the ultimate game emulator, with the addition of Game Pass games o PlayStation Now.
But it’s a very expensive way to do it compared to a desktop PC, and none of them seem to be able to match the quality or aesthetics of the Switch’s hardware (many laptops are, unfortunately, quite nasty ). The OLED model looks like it will only widen the gap.
At $ 350, almost a third of the cost of these systems, the OLED Switch gives you a bigger (and probably brighter) screen. Yes, it’s not the 4K Switch Pro fans who have been dreaming for years and yes the OLED switch still only plays at 720p in hand mode and offers no performance boost. But I can’t overstate the size of OLED screens. OLED screens have better viewing angles, deeper blacks and excellent contrast and color. Depending on what they show, OLEDs can also be more energy efficient.
A new Switch with a bigger screen that keeps the same battery life (according to Nintendo, that is) and only 20 grams in weight is an impressive feat. Overall, the Switch is such a nice system that it’s easy to forgive its drawbacks. The OLED Switch will continue to have the same game performance problem; With a few notable exceptions, it's not really known for high frame rates, but rather as a way to play Super Mario Odyssey anywhere you want. And the lack of some features like Bluetooth audio (yet!), Which handheld PCs offer for a while, is a shame.
Whenever we come across a handheld computer that uses a kitchen sink approach to supposedly compete with the Nintendo Switch, we end up saying how best the Switch would be, even with most minor updates to its screen and power. The OLED Switch seems to be just that, even if it didn’t get the processor hit we were expecting. But this new screen paired with such an easy-to-use interface (and, of course, Nintendo games) still makes the Switch a hands-on experience.
Gaming laptops need to decide if they want to be the affordable Switch alternative that can play all of your favorite standalone games with a long battery or a small graphics source that will make money on your gaming platform. They probably never will be both.