Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) announced for 8 October

July 6, 2021

After months of speculation about a ‘Switch Pro’ model being announced at E3, that at first failed to materialise, the rumours appear to have finally been proven somewhat true with Nintendo’s announcement today of a new model of Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) is the name of Nintendo’s new update to the Switch, boasting a larger 7-inch OLED screen with ‘vivid colours and high contrast’, along with a wide adjustable stand for tabletop mode, a new dock with a wired LAN port, 64GB of internal storage and onboard speakers with enhanced audio for handheld and tabletop play. Just like the original Switch, and unlike the Switch like, the Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) allows play via the TV using the dock, as well as handheld mode, and supports the detachable Joy-Con controllers.

Australian pricing for the Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) is AU $539.95, with a release date of 8th October this year. It will be available in two colours – a ‘white set’ with white Joy-Con controllers, a black main unit and a white dock, and a ‘neon red/neon blue set’ with neon red/neon blue Joy-Con controllers, a black main unit and a black dock. A carrying case and screen protector set for the new Nintendo Switch will also be available with a suggested retail price of AU $29.95. Keen readers will note that the OLED Model’s release date is also the same as Metroid Dread, the latest entry in the Metroid series.

Nintendo claims all previously released Joy-Con controllers for Nintendo Switch are compatible with the OLED Model, and that the console is compatible with the full library of Switch games (however, they do note that “There may be differences in game experience with some of the Toy-Con accessories in the Nintendo Labo series, due to differences in console and screen size between Nintendo Switch (OLED model) and Nintendo Switch. There may also be games where the game experience may differ due to the new capabilities of the console, such as the larger screen size”). Nintendo has also made available a website on how to transfer your existing Switch data if you’re considering the upgrade: “How to Transfer Your User Data” support page.

You can check out some images and a trailer for the new Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) below.