The Nintendo Switch OLED is almost here. This refreshed version of the Nintendo Switch console brings a slew of welcome upgrades to the wildly popular home console/handheld hybrid.
While it’s not quite the Nintendo Switch Pro we were hoping for, it still brings a range of useful upgrades including a larger OLED display, a wide adjustable stand, a new dock with an ethernet port, extra internal storage, and enhanced speakers. It’s not a revolutionary refresh, but it’s a solid evolution of the already very nifty original Nintendo Switch.
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If you don’t currently own a Nintendo Switch and are in the market for one, picking up an OLED model is practically a no-brainer. However, plenty of OG Nintendo Switch owners will likely to debating whether or not to upgrade from their launch units.
Don’t trade in your original Nintendo Switch model just yet, as with just a $50 investment you can actually get many of the flagship features of the OLED Switch. Here’s how.
A wide adjustable stand
The Nintendo Switch OLED announcement trailer (opens in new tab) made a big deal about the new stand that comes built into the latest model of the console. For good reason; the tiny kickstand on the original Switch is pretty lackluster and is functionally useless in a lot of situations like a turbulent flight.
The Switch OLED’s stand not only wider but also adjustable so you can opt for the perfect viewing angle when playing in tabletop mode. However, a cheap accessory for the OG Nintendo Switch gives you the exact same features.
The Lamicall Adjustable Stand (opens in new tab) can be used for a range of products from tablets, smartphones, and of course the Nintendo Switch. This third-party accessory gives your OG machine all the features of the Switch OLED’s new stand, and it’s just $15 to boot.
A dock with a wired LAN port
Anyone who takes competitive multiplayer seriously ideally should be playing with a wired internet connection in order to reduce latency. The new dock that comes with the Nintendo Switch OLED includes an ethernet port to facilitate this.
However, you can easily do the same on the original Nintendo Switch with a standard USB ethernet adapter. Just plug this accessory into the USB-A port on the original dock and you’ve got yourself the ability to play online via a wired connection. You get can an official adapter (opens in new tab) for around $30, but a third-party option (opens in new tab)will do the job and will only set you back $13.
This solution does create the slight annoyance of having a dong sticking out of your Switch dock, but that’s likely preferable to having to fork over hundreds of dollars for a whole new Switch. Plus, Nintendo has confirmed it will sell the new Switch OLED dock separately and it’s compatible with original consoles, so that’s another solution.
Increased internal storage
The original Nintendo Switch comes with a messy 32GB of internal storage, whereas the Nintendo Switch OLED comes with double that, 64GB to be precise. It’s a handy upgrade, especially when you consider that there are plenty of Switch games that require 20GB+ of install space.
However, this upgrade is rendered almost moot by the microSD card slot that can be found underneath the original Switch’s kickstand. You can pick up an officially licensed 128GB card (opens in new tab) for around $20, which gives you plenty of extra space to play with.
If that’s not enough you can also get 256GB (opens in new tab) or even 512GB (opens in new tab) cards but these are more expensive, and unless you have a gigantic library of digital Switch games are probably slightly overkill.
The upgrades you can’t get
Of course, it goes without saying that the biggest upgrade of the Nintendo Switch OLED is in the name. The 7-inch OLED screen is the headline new feature of the latest Switch model.
Unfortunately, unless you’re very good at performing extensive console modifications yourself this is an upgrade you can only get by stumping up $350 and buying a Nintendo Switch OLED.
While the larger screen is nice, the Nintendo Switch OLED doesn’t come with a resolution bump so there is an argument to be made that 720p games could actually look worse blown up compared to the standard Switch’s 6.2-inch LCD screen.
The Nintendo Switch OLED also comes with enhanced audio features thanks to stronger inbuilt speakers. This is a decent upgrade but it’s easily replicated with a pair of the best headphones currently available.