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TECH & GAMING

The new Nintendo Switch isn't what people thought it would be

Words by Nathan Irvine

Switch off?

A new Nintendo Switch has just been announced. The upgraded version of the popular console features a larger OLED screen for crisper graphics, better audio and a wider kickstand that pops out of the back and allows for steadier tabletop gaming. It will also have a bigger storage space to load up with more games. But despite these advancements that will ultimately make for a better Nintendo Switch, the internet is not happy. No, sir.

By "internet" we obviously mean a very vocal group that feel as though Nintendo has dropped the ball on this new machine. Expectation throughout the industry pointed towards a Pro version of the Nintendo Switch, which would've produced 4K graphics similar to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. However, even though Nintendo has undoubtedly made things bigger and better, there are those that feel as though they've been tricked.

Pitchforks and torches

For those unfamiliar with the games industry, you'll be blissfully unaware of the complaints and will enjoy the new Nintendo Switch. Those in-the-know will tell you that this is the usual path of any hardware announcement. You can't please everyone, and unfortunately unhappy gamers shout the loudest on social media.

To its credit, Nintendo has responded to outraged fans to clarify that, yes, this version is just bigger than the one before. In a statement to tech site, The Verge, a Nintendo spokesperson said "The Nintendo Switch (OLED model) does not have a new CPU, or more RAM, from previous Nintendo Switch models.”

Regardless of 4K prowess or not, the new Nintendo Switch will still be a great console and will work with all your current games and peripherals.

Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is out October 8, 2021 priced $350 (approx. AED 1,300)

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