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A Nintendo marketing manager has advised players to stick with their current Switch consoles if they aren’t interested in the new model’s OLED screen.
Manager of product marketing JC Rodrigo was tweeting about the new Switch OLED Model on Tuesday, stating: “The screen is pretty, y’all”.
A follower asked him: “But does it run any better?”
Rodrigo replied: “Nope. Not what [it’s] for. Stick with the current one if you’re not digging the screen.”
Nintendo announced the new Nintendo Switch OLED model on Tuesday, with confirmation of a larger 7-inch OLED screen and other smaller additions such as a wide adjustable stand, a new dock and enhanced audio.
However, there was no mention of 4K resolution support or increased hardware power, as had been heavily reported before the system’s announcement.
In a statement issued to VGC following the announcement, Nintendo confirmed that the OLED model will feature the same internal components as in previous versions.
“Nintendo Switch (OLED model) does not have a new CPU, or more RAM, from previous Nintendo Switch models,” a spokesperson told us.
Multiple outlets had reported that Nintendo was preparing to launch new Switch hardware in 2021 and that it might feature upgraded computing power and support for 4K graphics.
According to a Bloomberg story last September, Nintendo had reportedly asked game developers to make their existing games 4K-ready, in preparation for the new hardware.
It’s not yet clear if Nintendo changed its plans to include more powerful components, possibly due to global chip shortages, or if it moved the features to a possible future model.