Electronics and video game company Nintendo has announced its latest device in the switch gaming console series. The new switch console will feature a 7-inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED).
As per news reports, this device is the company’s second major switch update. With an upgraded screen the Japanese company is looking at driving more demand for its consoles. The latest console will be priced at approximately $349.99 and will be launched on October 8th, 2021.
Meet the newest entry to the #NintendoSwitch family! Nintendo Switch (OLED model) brings the versatility of the Nintendo Switch experience with a vibrant 7-inch OLED screen, a wide adjustable stand, and more. Nintendo Switch (OLED model) releases on 10/8.https://t.co/zRpGxakJDn pic.twitter.com/Tsc55r35ay
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 6, 2021
COVID-19 pandemic in a way gave a boost to the online gaming industry. And a proof of this is Nintendo selling close to 85 million units of the hybrid home/portable switch console, which is priced at $299.99 and the handheld only Switch Lite priced $199.99.
Earlier there were rumors that the new switch will feature an upgraded central processor unit (CPU) and a 4K output on television. Fans and players were anticipating these features, however unfortunately the upgrades are not included in the new console.
Some industry experts also were of the opinion that Nintendo in its fifth year in the market has not announced any significant or radical upgrades to its device. Serkan Toto, founder of Kantan Games said, “It’s a great upgrade for a handful of gamers, but the general expectation was for the new device to be significantly more powerful.”
The 7-inch OLED display in the new device will undoubtedly offer clear and explicit visual experience, however, it fails to bridge the gap with its competitors like Sony and Microsoft, when it comes to the overall performance. Sony and Microsoft had launched next generation consoles, namely, PS5 and Xbox Series S & X, respectively last year.
Sony and Microsoft devices have witnessed a massive demand since they were launched. The devices have been often running out of stock as soon as they are restocked by the manufacturers.
In May 2021, Nintendo, in a rather conservative forecast, had announced that it expects to sell 25.5 million units of its consoles in the current financial year.
Amarylisa Gonsalves is a Content Writer at Gutshot Magazine. Advancing from a marketing background, she found her calling in writing. She takes delight in exploring genres and is a curious learner. Patient and ambivert, she believes in letting her work speak for itself. Apart from content writing, she finds solace in writing poetry by manifesting herself through words. Additionally, she adores indulging in travelling, drawing and DIY crafts.
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