It turns out video game fans will get a new Nintendo Switch model after all.
After months of rumors about the arrival of an updated video game console, Nintendo announced it will release the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) on October 8 for $349.99.
The upgraded Switch includes a bigger, 7-inch OLED screen, as well as a wide adjustable stand for use in tabletop mode, and a new dock which will support a wired internet connection.
“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,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser, in a statement Tuesday.
The new Switch will also bump up the amount of internal storage space from 32 GB in the original model to 64 GB. Users can still add even more storage with microSD cards.
The arrival of Switch (OLED model) will coincide with the release of “Metroid Dread,” a new action game based on the company’s long-running Metroid series.
Like the original Switch, the OLED model will work in three different modes: a TV mode where users can play games on TV while the Switch is docked; a tabletop mode with the controllers detached; and handheld mode. The OLED model will also feature enhanced audio for tabletop and handheld play. It will also run all Switch games available on current models.
The announcement follows rumors swirling around this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo last month that Nintendo planned to launch a Switch Pro model featuring several substantial internal upgrades.
“Certainly isn’t the ‘Pro’ or ‘Super’ so many rumors and reports were promising, but a pleasant conservative iteration,” said Mat Piscatella, executive director and video game industry advisor for research firm NPD Group, in a tweet Tuesday.
In an email to USA TODAY, Piscatella said he doesn’t anticipate price cuts to existing Switch models, but rather consoles bundled with games at the current price “much like the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundles that appeared in 2019 and 2020.”