The surprise announcement of the Nintendo Switch OLED came out of nowhere but it’s becoming increasingly apparent that this is not the Switch Pro that has been so widely rumoured for the last few months.
Although the rumours got many things right, like the LAN connection on the dock and the larger screen, the Switch OLED is not any more powerful than the original Switch or the Switch Lite.
Nintendo has now confirmed exactly that, telling The Verge that, ‘Nintendo Switch (OLED model) does not have a new CPU, or more RAM, from previous Nintendo Switch models’.
Almost all rumours about a ‘Switch Pro’ described it as outputting at an upscaled 4K resolution when docked, using new DLSS technology.
That is not the case for the Switch OLED though, which offers no new resolution options in either docked or handheld mode. And since there’s no new hardware there’s no ability to offer improved performance for existing games.
Even ignoring the rumours, it’s been common for Nintendo to release minor power upgrades for its handhelds, ranging from the Game Boy Color to the New Nintendo DS, but that’s not what the Nintendo OLED is.
The obvious question now is whether there is a second new model that does have more powerful hardware, but which would be released at a later date.
That’s impossible to tell at the moment but at some point Nintendo is going to have to replace the Switch, either with an interim upgrade or a complete replacement, and it’s now clear that the Switch OLED is neither of those things.
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