Video game giant Nintendo revealed Tuesday that it plans to deliver to market on October 8th, an OLED-based version of its popular Nintendo Switch hybrid portable/console based gaming platform.

The new OLED variant will feature “a vibrant 7-inch OLED screen with vivid colors and crisp contrast,” the company said, and will debut at a suggested retail price of $349.

The Nintendo Switch OLED model is similar in overall size to the existing LCD-based Nintendo Switch system, but will have a larger (7-inch) OLED screen. The OLED display technology is said to produce more vivid colors a wider contrast performance than the existing models.

Other enhancements available in the new device include: a wide adjustable stand for tabletop mode, a new dock with a wired LAN port, 64GB of internal storage, and enhanced audio for handheld and tabletop play.

The Switch gaming device concept allows players to play on the TV and share the detachable Joy-Con controllers for out-of-the-box multiplayer action.

As with the existing Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, the OLED version can be taken on the go for play-anywhere versatility. Ninetod said a carrying case and screen protector set for Nintendo Switch OLED model will also be available as an option.

Nintendo Switch OLED model on the same day as the Metroid Dread game, which is the next entry in the 2D Metroid saga that kicked off with the original Metroid on NES.

“The new Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is a great option for players who want to experience the new vibrant screen when playing in handheld and tabletop mode,” stated Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “With the addition of this new model to the Nintendo Switch family of systems, people have an additional choice of a system that best fits the gaming experience they desire – whether it’s Nintendo Switch (OLED model), Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite.”

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The Nintendo Switch OLED model has three play modes:

TV mode: The Nintendo Switch (OLED model) system is placed into the dock connected via a built-in wireled LAN port to a TV set for big-screen playing.

Tabletop mode: A flip out stand on the back of the system allows using the built-in OLED screen to play multiplayer games using two supplied Joy-Con controllers. Players can freely tilt the system and adjust the viewing angle to make it easy to see the screen.

Handheld mode: Players can bring the system anywhere they travel in hand-held mode to play local alone or with multiple players online.

The system will ship in two color options including a white set, which features white Joy-Con controllers, a black main unit and a white dock; and a neon red/neon blue set with neon red and neon blue Joy-Con controllers, a black main unit and a black dock.

All previously released Joy-Con controllers for Nintendo Switch are compatible with the new model. Additionally, Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is compatible with the full library of Nintendo Switch games.

Nintendo provide instructions from its support website to transfer digital games and save data from another Switch system.

Nintendo said pre-orders will be accepted at participating retailers soon.

As with other Switch players, the new OLED version features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access.

Online memberships to Nintendo Switch Online are sold separately using a Nintendo Account to play online.

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By Greg Tarr

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