Nintendo surprise revealed the long-rumored, upgraded version of its Nintendo Switch console Tuesday morning.
The console is officially called the Nintendo Switch OLED Model, after its 7-inch OLED screen. Despite the slightly larger screen (the original Switch screen is 6.2 inches), it will be a similar overall size to the original Switch model. It will allow for direct Ethernet connections when playing in docked mode, meaning players won't have to rely on Wi-Fi for their online play. It also sports an upgraded kickstand, upgraded built-in speakers and 64GB of internal storage.
Nintendo Reveals Switch OLED Model
"The new Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is a great option for players who want to experience the new vibrant screen when playing in handheld and tabletop mode," said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser.
"With the addition of this new model to the Nintendo Switch family of systems, people have an additional choice of a system that best fits the gaming experience they desire — whether it’s Nintendo Switch (OLED model), Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite."
Much of the OLED Model's new properties reflect reporting done in advance of its release, with one major exception: There's no sign the OLED Model will support 4K resolution, docked or otherwise. Nintendo doesn't mention it in their press release or announcement video, making it unlikely to be a feature of the console.
The console will be available in a black and white set and in a neon red and blue set.
Players looking to transfer their save files from the original Switch to this new console will be able to do so with help from Nintendo Support.
The Nintendo Switch OLED Model arrives at retail Oct. 8 — the same day as Metroid Dread — with a $349.99 price tag.