To say the Nintendo Switch has been a success would be an understatement. In March 2021, it was reported that the system had sold over 85 million units, with that figure expected to be closer to 90 million now.
So far we have seen one revision of the console with the Nintendo Switch Lite which was released on September 20, 2019, and now Nintendo is set to release their latest version of the console, the Nintendo Switch OLED.
The newly updated console doesn’t feature any performance upgrades. Sorry to those that were hoping for the Nintendo Switch Pro, but it does feature many quality of life changes that the system desperately needed.
Two of the features the system desperately needed were more internal storage and the ability to have a wired internet connection.
The Nintendo Switch OLED will come with 64 GB of internal storage, double the original 32 GB, and come with a LAN port in the dock to allowed for a more stable connection when playing games such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Fortnite, and Warframe.
However, the main selling point of the new console is the OLED screen, offering a much clearer image similar to many modern TVs, with the screen size increasing from 6.2 inches to 7 inches.
Nintendo Switch OLED Model Sells Out In Minutes
The Nintendo Switch OLED’s pre-orders finally went on sale on July 15th at 3 pm EST, and as we’ve seen with the PS5 and Xbox Series X, it became a frantic race as players desperately tried to secure the new console.
GameStop, Best Buy, Target, and Amazon were the main stores that released pre-orders for the Nintendo Switch OLED, but all of them sold out very quickly, with them now displaying either sold out or coming soon icons on their websites.
The good news is, this is likely not the only stock that will be available to pre-order before the console releases on October 8th. The bad is that, if today is anything to go by, it might not be easy to secure one before launch.
Sclapers Ruin The Day Once Again
As expected, many of the consoles that were released today were bought up by scalpers, with 803 of them currently being listed on eBay, mostly for inflated prices, with most ranging from $499-650.
As we’ve seen with the other consoles and PC hardware, the demand does lower over time, so we would advise not buying a scalped pre-order right now as there is still a chance you can secure one for RRP before launch.
It’s Not All Doom And Gloom
Despite many of the pre-orders ending up on eBay, there were plenty of success stories with gamers managing to secure the brand new system.
After some back and forth with himself, Benji Sales managed to secure a pre-order for the console, as did many other gamers.
A New Challenger Approaches
While the world had its eyes focused on the new Nintendo Switch OLED, a new handheld system entered the fold.
Valve announced earlier today that they will be released their own handheld device called the Steam Deck, perhaps not the best choice of names as Elgato have a product called the Stream Deck.
The new Steam Deck will allow players to play their entire Steam library in handheld format, everything from the smallest indie titles to the latest AAA games, featuring a Custom AMD APU, Zen 2+RDNA 2 and up to 512 GB of NVMe storage, it is sure to divert some attention away from Nintendo’s latest offering.
Pre-orders for the Steam Deck will go live on July 16th at 10 am PDT, thankfully Valve has taken some further steps to prevent scalpers by only allowing accounts created before June 2021 to pre-order the handheld device.