Following the announcement of the OLED Nintendo Switch model, Product Marketing Manager JC Rodrigo was asked on Twitter if this upcoming console update would perform better than the current models available in the market. Rodrigo reiterated that performance isn’t what an OLED system is for, and said Switch owners may end up “sticking with the current one if you’re not interested in the screen.”
Rodrigo’s comment makes sense. The Switch OLED model is ostensibly a mid-cycle update rather than an updated version that has been reported and rumored to have 4K output and better performance. In fact, Nintendo told VGC that the OLED model “has no major internal changes” from the current one.
In addition, it remains unclear if an updated Nintendo Switch is in development at all. The company continues to deny whether the Nintendo Switch Pro will arrive this year. Although President Shuntaro Furukawa said the company is constantly developing new equipment, he did not comment on the rumors.
In short, the Switch OLED model isn’t for everyone. In fact, based on Rodrigo’s claim, this console update may cater to a specific audience: those not interested in Nintendo Switch Lite. And several analysts say a mid-cycle update from Nintendo should now be expected.
Compare Rodrigo’s statement to what former Microsoft president Don Mattrick said during E3 in June 2013. In response to the requirement for an “always” Internet connection for Xbox One, Mattrick advised fans to stick with the Xbox 360 if Internet was not available or not available.
The strict Xbox One restrictions would divide the audience and mean that those without a stable internet connection would have to ditch Xbox One exclusives and certain features. Nintendo Switch OLED does not share the installation base. Regular Switch owners and those opting for the OLED version won’t get different games – they’ll just look a little better on the big screen.
The Nintendo Switch OLED model will launch on October 8 for $ 350.