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The first Switch OLED comparison video has arrived
At least one consumer appears to have obtained the new Switch early
A second unofficial Nintendo Switch OLED unboxing video has been published online.
After the first one was posted online last week by a Japanese YouTuber, the first US unboxing video for the console has arrived.
Nintendo Prime claims to have received the unboxing footage below from a fan. It shows what consumers can expect to get in the box, as well as a comparison of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe gameplay on the standard and OLED models.
The new Switch model will launch on October 8 (the same day as Metroid Dread) in two colour sets (white and red/blue) for $349.99 / £309.99.
Earlier today, VGC published a Metroid Dread hands-on featuring footage and impressions from the first two hours of the game, played on the upgraded Switch hardware.
Switch OLED features a larger 7-inch screen and other smaller additions such as a wide adjustable stand, a new dock and enhanced audio. Nintendo has confirmed that Switch OLED features “no major internal changes” compared to previous Switch models.
We wrote in our hands-on with Switch OLED that the revision “feels like a striking improvement compared to the original Switch model – as long as you like playing in portable mode”.
“Playing Mario Odyssey side-by-side with an original Switch reveals far more detail on scenery like grass and water on the newer model, while the latter overall looks totally washed out compared to the newer unit. As far as the screen goes, it’s really no contest between the two Switch models”.
The preview continued: “Another pleasant surprise from our hands-on with Switch OLED model were the small improvements Nintendo has made to make it feel like an overall more premium device.
“The screen, beyond looking fantastic, now pretty much fills the bezel and what little does surround the display now sports a pleasing glossy finish, as opposed to the cheap looking plastic of the original Switch.
“The rear of the Switch OLED is also far smarter, with the previous model’s mess of logos removed and replaced with a smart-looking wider stand (more on that in a moment). The aesthetic improvements also extend to Switch OLED’s new white coloured dock, which certainly looks nicer than its predecessor.”
Nintendo of America has “no plans” to cut the price of the Switch after the company’s European arm reduced the cost of the console earlier this month. The platform holder said it had lowered the distribution price of the standard Switch in Europe partly in preparation for the launch of the OLED model.