The Switch OLED is a strong contender for most gorgeous handheld ever

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Nintendo makes good {hardware}, however I don’t know if I’d ever personally describe any of it as “beautiful.” The GameDice was cute, I beloved the clamshell design of the Game Boy Advance SP and I nonetheless have fond recollections of the SNES’s dogbone controller. But the Switch… I’m simply form of “okay” with it. It’s by no means been a piece of a {hardware} that screamed “touch me” till now, with the upcoming OLED model.

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Set to come back out October eighth, the large marquee function of the brand new Switch is its bigger, sharper display. It’s been bumped as much as a 7-inch OLED from the 6.2-inch LCD of the unique. I bought to spend about an hour and a half with it and, although I couldn’t examine the 2 programs side-by-side, I definitely seen the distinction after I bought residence. I fumbled for the brightness settings on my OG Switch solely to sadly notice they have been at max. The OLED is brilliant, crisp and gosh darn stunning. The authentic Switch show nonetheless appears good, however the brand new display is genuinely nice.

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The recreation on provide was the upcoming Metroid Dread, which comes out the identical day as mainly a “launch title” for the refreshed system. It’s a sensible choice given the darkish, typically claustrophobic settings of the Metroid collection. It’s simple sufficient to see each passage and to tell apart the impassable bricks from those you’re speculated to blow up. The recreation will nonetheless be playable on a common Switch or Switch Lite, but it surely seems like the sport was meant to be seen on the brand new {hardware}.

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And it’s extra than simply that bigger show. It’s nonetheless the identical primary form and dimension however in some way feels extra svelte, regardless of being heavier than the unique. The quantity and energy buttons alongside the highest are narrower, a design alternative I’m not loopy about despite the fact that I didn’t discover them notably exhausting to press. (I believe I simply choose the texture of a round button over an oval-shaped one.)

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The new kickstand is fairly nice, stretching all the way in which throughout the again of the system as a substitute of the unique’s flimsy vertical strip that fell off for those who checked out it humorous. Sure, the brand new one takes a little extra effort to drag it out but it surely’s value it for the additional sturdiness and reliability. And be nonetheless my coronary heart, it’s truly adjustable, although I didn’t make use of this a lot since I most well-liked to play the system in handheld mode. It simply felt… good. And the brand new black and white coloration scheme appears nice in particular person. I’ve all the time been a sucker for the panda look, and would have most well-liked this to the all-gray system I began with again in 2017.

All that mentioned, I didn’t have sufficient time to check the battery life with the brand new display, or see what number of video games I can cram onto the 64 GB of storage. Until I understand how lengthy it’ll final within the wild I’m unsure if this is a must-upgrade, however simply taking a look at a Switch OLED in particular person, I discovered it exhausting to withstand.

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