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Not the only new game console in the gaming world. They will soon join the new Nintendo Switch, which is an updated version of Nintendo's best-selling game console.

The source told

All information about the new console. This includes the details on its screen, which is said to be larger than the existing switch and OLED to be activated, plus a possible release date and some of its features.

So should Sony and Microsoft be worried? What do we expect from the new Switch? When can you buy it? We have compiled all the rumors below.

The first thing: the screen. It is said that this is the headline feature of the new console, and it is a real improvement to the functions currently provided.

For starters, it is larger than the current model. according to

, The new Switch will have a 7-inch display, which will be larger than the current Switch’s 6.2-inch screen and the Switch Lite’s 5.5-inch display. 

But not only will it be bigger, it should be better. That's because it will use OLED technology instead of the LCD used in the current Switch. OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode, and in some

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See how great this technology is. It can achieve true black levels because each individual pixel can be turned off instead of emitting approximately black like an LCD screen (which usually looks closer to gray). Add a stunning bright white to achieve an excellent level of contrast.

The energy efficiency of OLED screens is also higher, which may lead to longer battery life. For game consoles with portable functions, this will be a huge attraction.

It is reported that Samsung will produce OLED screens. Samsung has already provided OLED displays for high-end smartphones (for example, Samsung).

, But the new Switch will be different. The screen used by the new Switch will not be as flexible as those of smart phone screens, but will become rigid. It is believed that Samsung will begin mass production of 7-inch panels in June, with an initial supply of 1 million units per month. They will start shipping to assemblers around July.

According to the report, the next Switch will also have 4K resolution. This doesn't mean that the screen itself will be 4K (it will reportedly be 720p HD), but you can connect it to a 4K TV and play games in Ultra HD resolution.

This is a great boon for developers and games. The former (and possibly the latter) are frustrated by the huge difference between the image quality on portable screens and the size of large-screen TVs.

Will the game be true native 4K? This seems unlikely. Nintendo is more likely to take a more efficient approach and render games in high-definition format-then, when outputting them to a 4K TV, they may be amplified. 

Maybe the huge potential lies in

. This represents high dynamic range-this is a borrowing of photography technology, it can increase the difference between the light and dark parts of the picture, and gradually fade between them. This can produce more vivid and realistic images with greater depth and better colors.

Most OLED displays have HDR, and the new Switch display is likely to be one of them. This will make the game look more attractive and exciting.

It's not just new games that might benefit from it. Earlier titles may get something like

Automatic HDR. This uses machine learning to add HDR to games that only consider standard dynamic range. Therefore, the new Switch can inject new vitality into your current game library. Fingers crossed.

So what other features can Nintendo add to the new Switch?

PS5 and Xbox Series X have

, It brings more advanced features, such as


, But we don’t want Nintendo Switch 2 to follow suit. 4K@120Hz and VRR are technically tricky features, which are unnecessary for games produced by Nintendo consoles, and a simpler ALLM can be added without the need for expensive HDMI 2.1 slots.

As mentioned earlier, HDR is likely to appear in appearance, to see how common it is on OLED screens, and what significant difference it will bring to games in appearance.

Other next-generation consoles have additional audiovisual functions, such as

and / or

, But Nintendo is unlikely to add them to the new Switch. So far, judging from the report, it sounds more refreshing than the overall innovation of the console, so we hope that 5.1 sound will be the best choice. Nintendo accuses at least the addition of Dolby Digital 5.1 support to the standard PCM format of the original Switch, because it increases compatibility with soundbars, etc.

There are rumors that the Nintendo Switch using OLED will be "launched in time before the holidays." This usually means fall/fall time, so that there is enough time to build awareness before the manic Christmas shopping season in full swing.

according to

, Nvidia will stop producing the chips used in the current model Nintendo Switch. According to reports, the processor Tegra X1 Mariko system-on-chip in Switch and Switch Lite will be discontinued sometime this year. Although there is no mention of the successor console, it will certainly cause the flames of rumors and hint that the console will be launched before the end of 2021.

What will the next switch be called? The original Nintendo Switch is four years old and in the middle of its life cycle, so it seems a bit sloppy to call the new version Nintendo Switch 2. On the contrary, Nintendo is likely to choose to sell upgradeable features rather than positioning it as a new product. Maybe it's Nintendo Switch Pro.

The professional version is a popular nickname in the world

And notebook computers, companies such as Apple and Samsung use it to express more powerful features than the standard version. Therefore, Nintendo is likely to adopt the same strategy.

As you can imagine, the rumors about the new Nintendo game console are big news in the gaming and commercial fields. Switch is now 4 years old and its successor Switch Lite has been in development for 2 years now. Industry observers do not expect a new Nintendo game console this year, but given the demand for new game consoles from Sony and Microsoft, the new Switch definitely makes sense.

An expert was quoted as saying that the latter clarified the benefits of OLED technology for Nintendo. 

"Compared with Switch's current LCD display, OLED panels will consume less battery, provide higher contrast and faster response time," said Yoshio Tamura, co-founder of DSCC, a display consulting company.

Own analysts said that the new console may greatly extend the life of the current Switch.

"Nintendo’s higher-end version of the Switch console has an OLED display and supports 4K graphics during the 2021 holiday sales season. This may drive the company’s sales for the fiscal year ending March 2022 to exceed market expectations. Extending the life cycle of the Switch platform has been for many years." Analysts Matthew Kanterman and Nathan Naidu said.

Other experts also agreed with the rumored release date. Ross Young, co-founder and CEO of Display Supply Chain Consulting, said: "If they start producing products in June-we heard they will start shipping in July, then it might even be launched in September."

. "Considering the time lag from panel shipment to equipment production to equipment production to retail, it may be September or October."

With the launch

Compared with the Xbox Series X at the end of last year, Nintendo has a battle at hand. Both consoles are much more powerful than the Switch. So does Nintendo have a chance?

Indeed it is. Its game console has never been pure power, but an entertaining and innovative gameplay. Sales reflect this. To date, more than 79 million units of Switch and Switch Lite have been sold. This makes the Switch the second best-selling game console in Nintendo’s history, second only to the original Wii. It also compares with PS4 and Xbox One's sales, which are 114 million and 48 million, respectively. Keep in mind that the Switch was only launched in 2017, while previous game consoles from Sony and Microsoft were launched in 2013 four years ago.

The new Switch will not beat the new PlayStation or Xbox in terms of graphics or processing power, and it may not be a better one-stop shop for all streaming and media needs. But the point is that it will not try. As always, Nintendo is playing its own game. So far, its performance seems to be pretty good.

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