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Nintendo Switch OLED hands-on: The best upgrade may not be the screen

Nintendo Switch OLED hands-on: The best upgrade may not be the screen
I tried the new version of Nintendo’s Switch, along with the upcoming Metroid Dread game.

After getting my hands on the new OLED-screen version of the Nintendo Switch, one major upgrade stood out to me as a game-changer, and it wasn’t the larger, richer OLED screen.

At a small hands-on (and masks-on) preview event for both the OLED Switch and the upcoming game Metroid Dread, I had about an hour to play with the new hardware in handheld mode. It was immediately obvious that the new screen is a big deal. It’s bigger, the bezels are slimmer, and of course, the OLED display looks great compared to the original, which can appear washed out, especially compared to super bright iPhone and iPad screens.

The Joy-Con controllers are the same, and the body is almost the same size, but the better screen-to-bezel ratio made it feel like a more modern device.

Internally, it’s the same Nvidia Tegra X1 processor and has the same 720-line resolution. Docked output is still 1080p. The base storage jumps from 32GB to 64GB. The increase in storage and display size takes the price up from $300 to $350. (In comparison, an Oculus Quest 2 with 128GB of storage is still $300.) There are improved speakers, too.

But even at this limited hands-on demo event, there was something else about the new Switch that jumped out to me. The kickstand on the back of the system, previously mocked for its wimpy construction, has been completely replaced.

Instead of a wobbly strip less than one inch wide, the new kickstand runs almost the entire width of the system. Instead of snapping into one position, locked in at a specific angle, it’s highly adjustable and stays put at any angle along the way.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because this is basically the Microsoft Surface kickstand, adapted for the Switch. That kickstand was one of the best design features of the Surface line (recently updated to the Surface Pro 8) and now it’s one of the best features on the new OLED Switch.

The Switch can be played docked to output to a TV or as a handheld. But this new model seems particularly suited to being a little multiplayer mini console: The larger screen and better kickstand make this OLED Switch far better for gathering around with friends.

Source: https://www.cnet.com/

         
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