Differences between the Nintendo Switch OLED model and the previous models

Nintendo Switch Oled Model Back
Nintendo Switch Oled Model Back (Image credit: Nintendo)

While the Nintendo Switch OLED Model isn't the big power upgrade some fans may have been hoping for, there are certainly new features and revisions that make it worth considering. If you're curious about how all the best Nintendo Switch games will perform or if there are battery differences to keep in mind, we've got you covered.

Nintendo has already provided two major revisions of the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch Lite is available for anyone wanting something lighter and cheaper than a regular Switch, and the Nintendo Switch V2 was an improvement over the launch model.

Still, before looking at the comparison below, it's important to keep in mind that contrary to rumors of a 4K-capable Nintendo Switch Pro, the Nintendo Switch OLED model has the name internal processors and RAM as the existing Switch models. This means that outside of the differences an OLED screen provides, games will look and run identically across every Nintendo Switch, so don't expect the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to be far superior on the Nintendo Switch OLED model.

Every difference in the Nintendo Switch OLED model

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CategoryNintendo Switch OLEDNintendo Switch LiteNintendo Switch V2Original Nintendo Switch
Play ModesTV mode, Tablet mode, Handheld modeHandheld modeTV mode, Tablet mode, Handheld modeTV mode, Tablet mode, Handheld mode
Compatible GamesAll gamesGames with Handheld modeAll gamesAll games
Joy-Con SupportJoy-Cons includedJoy-Cons not includedJoy-Cons includedJoy-Cons included
Nintendo Switch DockCompatible, plus LANNot compatibleCompatibleCompatible
Dimensions4 x 9.5 x 0.55 inches3.6 x 8.2 x 0.55 inches4 x 9.4 x 0.55 inches4 x 9.4 x 0.55 inches
Weight0.93 lbs0.61 lbs0.88 lbs0.88 lbs
Screen7.0 in. OLED5.5 in. LCD6.2 in. LCD6.2 in. LCD
Storage64 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB
Battery LifeRoughly 4.5 - 9 hoursRoughly 3 - 7 hoursRoughly 4.5 - 9 hoursRoughly 2.5 - 6 hours
Price$350$200$300$300 (discontinued)

The system will launch with two options: one with white Joy-Cons and a white dock, matching the color scheme of Samus' armor in Metroid Dread, and another option with the classic neon red and blue Joy-Cons.

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