Nintendo is releasing a new Switch with a bigger, better screen on Oct. 8 for $349.99.
Between the lines: A newer Switch model has been expected for months, though fans and insiders originally expected a more powerful machine.
- In Tuesday's announcement, Nintendo emphasized the new unit's brighter screen but made no indication that it will run games better.
- The company's specs for the system list the same video resolutions for handheld and TV mode as the original Switch.
The new console includes a 7-inch OLED screen, 64GB storage, enhanced audio, and a wide adjustable stand.
- The original Switch includes 32GB of storage and retails for $300.
- The last Switch released was the Nintendo Switch Lite, which offered a cheaper, smaller alternative that you couldn't connect to a TV.
Meet the newest entry to the #NintendoSwitch family! Nintendo Switch (OLED model) brings the versatility of the Nintendo Switch experience with a vibrant 7-inch OLED screen, a wide adjustable stand, and more. Nintendo Switch (OLED model) releases on 10/8.https://t.co/zRpGxakJDnpic.twitter.com/Tsc55r35ay— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 6, 2021
Flashback: Although most expected Nintendo to debut the console at E3, no such announcement came as the company focused on upcoming games.
- Nintendo has remained evasive about its existence, dodging questions about the new model as recently as last week.