Nintendo today announced the long-awaited, inevitable new model of their ubiquitous hybrid console, the
The OLED Model also features a new docking station for connecting it to TVs, which features a built-in wired LAN network port for online connectivity. It will also feature 64GB of built-in internal storage. Both of these features currently require additional accessory purchases for existing
A console’s kickstand, used for propping the console up in portable mode, has been redesigned to be wider, and the OLED Model’s speakers will provide ‘enhanced audio’, according to the press release. Like the original
This new model had long been rumoured to be in production and was reportedly confirmed by Bloomberg sources as early as March of this year. Bloomberg’s most recent report in May strongly suggested that the console would be revealed before E3 proceedings in June, and would be released as early as September. They also suggested that the new model would use upscaling technology to allow the console to output at 4K resolutions. That display capability, along with any increased computing performance has not been confirmed as part of this reveal.
The announcement of the
This model refresh is designed to give the hardware line a mid-life boost, maintaining sales performance by encouraging second purchases from existing
But all things considered, the OLED model upgrade isn’t as significant of a leap as recent console upgrades – last generation’s PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One X, and New
It’s quite possible that the limited extent of the hardware upgrades is informed by the global shortage in microprocessors, caused in part by the COVID pandemic. However, until we see the technical specifications of the