New Switch? OLED Baby, Preorders Go Live At 12pm PST In The States

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I've only used my Switch docked so this is completely pointless to me. Just give us a damn regular console.
 
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They fixed the most glaring flaw for me (since I only play in handheld mode); the murky lcd screen.
I would've liked a better battery... Maybe the oled will give a bit of a boost considering it's less energy consuming though idk
 

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Yeah, Anyone notice the lack of a mention of a new processor? Looks like the old Switch guts with a fancier screen. and a kickstand Which, if that is the case, is dumb.

It's not a Switch Pro. It's a Switch OLed model, lol. now you can see that 720p in a slightly larger screen. ehhh... Nintendo. They love to repackage their old tech.

 

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I still can't believe they're only updating the screen and ethernet port. You think I need to upgrade to an OLED? I grew up with the OG Gameboy that you could only play in broad daylight unless you were rich and had a LightBoy. Thanks, but assuming I'm still alive, I'll wait until the next Switch comes out.
 

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I still can't believe they're only updating the screen and ethernet port. You think I need to upgrade to an OLED? I grew up with the OG Gameboy that you could only play in broad daylight unless you were rich and had a LightBoy. Thanks, but assuming I'm still alive, I'll wait until the next Switch comes out.
 
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Now Nintendo is betting this momentum can be sustained with a new $350 model, a jump from the standard model’s original $300 price tag and a repudiation of traditional console economics. In an industry where consoles typically get mid-life price cuts, the Switch is moving into a higher tier -- largely on the strength of a larger and better OLED display and some added storage. The upgrades are estimated to cost around $10 more per unit, meaning Nintendo is improving profit margins and relying on its rich library of games to keep sales brisk.

The new Switch's 7-inch OLED display from Samsung Display Co. costs an additional $3 to $5 per unit, according to Yoshio Tamura, co-founder of industry research firm DSCC. Increasing the internal storage to 64GB is a further $3.50, according to Omdia's Akira Minamikawa. The other added components, such as the new console stand and LAN port, are thought to add a few dollars more. Nintendo has been selling the Switch at a profit since its launch.

Sony could have priced its latest PlayStation generation higher, as demand for the PS5 has far outstripped supply and it's traded on resale markets at double its retail price. The company is now closely monitoring the market response to Nintendo’s latest, according to an official inside the PlayStation division who didn't want to be named as they're not authorized to discuss competing companies.

Investors have so far taken a negative view of the new hardware and its pricing, with company shares down roughly 5% since the announcement last week. Analyst reactions have been polarized.

"Nintendo failed to provide enough added value to justify a $50 bump in the new hardware," Morningstar's head of equity research Kazunori Ito said. "The new hardware is barely half-baked and would do no help at all in sustaining the platform's momentum. The Switch had its peak last year and is only going to slow down from here."


Other industry observers disagree. Serkan Toto, an independent consultant for game companies, said the new model's improved display is good enough to "squeeze $50 more out of consumers" given how popular the console has been. The Switch remains on track to surpass 100 million lifetime sales in the current fiscal year.

"I don't see any reason why this model would flop," Toto said. "Nintendo raised the new model's price as it doesn't need to cut prices for current models thanks to strong demand."