Nintendo Switch OLED: Production cost has increased

Nintendo Switch OLED: Production cost has increased

Nintendo Switch OLED

A few weeks have passed since the official announcement of the Nintendo Switch OLED, and as was widely predictable, enthusiasm of fans towards this new console model has never risen in an exaggerated way. We are talking about an excellent version for all those who do not yet own the hybrid console from Nintendo, but much less interesting for all those who already have Switch in one of the two previous models.

We know very well that in this quest last period it is not easy to put a new console on the market. Sony and Micrsoft have understood this on their own skin, with their respective PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S that have been in short supply all over the world since November. Meeting the high demand has become very complicated, and now the Kyoto-based company is also about to debut the Nintendo Switch OLED, a new model that will be sold at a cost of $ 350.

According to a recent report by Bloomber , the updated Switch version is estimated to cost Nintendo around $ 10 more per unit to produce. This increase, however, shouldn't hurt earnings, as as the report points out, it appears the Kyoto-based company still plans to improve its profits by relying on its rich game library to keep hardware sales high. .

According to Yoshio Tamura, co-founder of the DSCC company, the new 7-inch OLED display costs Nintendo $ 3 to $ 5 more. The increase in internal memory to 64 GB is a further 3.50, according to Akira Minamikawa of Omdia. It is thought that the other added components, such as the new support and the LAN port, add just a few dollars more to the production costs, so as to arrive around a production increase of around ten dollars.

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Preorders for the new OLED Nintendo Switch will start at 3PM ET / 12PM PT today

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Preorders for Nintendo’s new OLED Switch model will start today, July 15th, at 3PM ET / 12PM PT, the company announced today. The console is set to be released on October 8th for $350, a $50 price increase over the standard Switch model. Nintendo isn’t offering any specific details, directing customers to check with stores directly for how they’ll be handling preorders.

The Verge will have a complete guide to preordering an OLED Switch soon, so check back later today to find out how Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, and more are handling preorders for the popular new console.

The OLED Switch, as the name implies, is largely focused on upgrading the display of the original Switch, swapping the 6.2-inch LCD out for a brighter, richer 7-inch OLED panel. Resolution, RAM, CPU, and even the physical dimensions of the console are the same as the original model, however. Despite the rumors, the OLED Switch doesn’t offer any “Switch Pro”-style upgrades for a more powerful console.

Also new is a redesigned kickstand (which spans the entire device and looks to be a notable improvement on the original’s flimsy stand), “enhanced audio” for the built-in speakers, and a new dock that adds an integrated ethernet port.

Snagging a new console is a tricky business these days, as anyone who has tried to buy a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X in the past few months can attest to, with bots, scalpers, and the sheer demand of thousands of customers all trying to snap up a limited number of consoles. And if demand is anywhere near as high for the OLED Switch, you’ll probably need a healthy dose of luck to snag one when preorders open later today.