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Is The Switch OLED Model Worth £310?


This week was a pretty big moment for Nintendo fans as the company revealed the Nintendo Switch OLED Model. This new Nintendo Switch is much more of an upgrade on current technology rather than being a new step forward for the Switch, or even a Switch 1.5. The new features included are a bigger kickstand, an OLED screen, obviously, which is a little bigger, better audio, and a LAN port. All of these are great features for a Switch, but they’re not what we were expecting from a Switch Pro. For what it’s worth, I think that the Switch Pro is still in the works and will release at some point in the future. However, right now, I want to go through whether or not this Switch 1.5 is worth the £310 price tag.

I purchased my Switch around 2017 for £300, that’s the base model cost. Switch Lite consoles cost roughly £200, and right now you can get a base Switch for somewhere between those figures. This Switch OLED Model is going to be at the top end of the spectrum for pricing, but I do think it’s worth it. It’s the device for those who care more about the specs than the games, as well as the collectors. Nintendo understands that it could get an easy win with a bigger and better screen, so that’s what it’s doing.

With that said, if you own a launch model Nintendo Switch, I think this is a good upgrade to go for over the improved battery model. The better battery is still here, but you also get all the other bonus features for your money. It’s been four years since the console hit the market, and now is about the right time to pick up a new one as the limitations of those launch models start to hammer home. I think the OLED Model will drive the Switch into the hands of new fans, and that’s always a good thing. For those of you holding out for a Switch Pro though, just hang on. There’s no way that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 won’t be a launch title for that console, so we’ve only got about a year to wait for it.

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