The new The Switch coming in October has a 7-inch OLED display. Nintendo
The Nintendo Switch OLED is available for preorder now for $ 350 and shipped in October, and it 's already become a hot item. I would say scorchedt, but it may give you the wrong idea. You see, I review televisions for and a lot of people ask me about burn-in on the OLED TVs J 've recommended for years. Even though it's much smaller than a TV, that shiny new 7-inch OLED display on the Nintendo Switch might prompt the same questions. My answer for the Switch is the same as for TVs: I don't worry about burn-in. And from what I know now, most other potential buyers shouldn't be either.
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Let's start with the basics. Today's screens - on TVs, phones, laptops, tablets, smartwatches and, yes, handheld game consoles - use two main technologies: OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) and LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) . OLED displays have better quality image than LCD screens, mainly because they can produce the perfect shade of black, which creates better contrast and "pop ", as well as more saturated and richer colors.
Nintendo boasts "vivid colors and sharp contrast " on the 7-inch OLED display found on the newu Switch, and I have no reason to doubt this statement. In my years of owning the original Switch and countless hours of gaming on its LCD display, I have found it to be mediocre at best in terms of contrast and color. I expect the new Switch to be a lot better.
Perfect black levels and more saturated colors make OLED screens more beautiful than LCD screens. Nintendo
Ghost in themachine
A potential drawback of OLED technology is what is called burn-in. As we said in our detailed guide to OLED screen overlay : "Burning occurs when 'part of an image - the navigation buttons on a phone, for example, or a channel logo, TV set, or dashboard on a TV - persists as a ghostly background no matter what what appears on the screen. "
Manufacturers of televisions and phones that sell OLED displays, from LG to Apple at Google , recognize the possibility of burn-in - - alias "image persistence " or "image retention ". They all characterize it as something that can happen under "extreme " or "rare " circumstances, and I agree.
Here is Nintendo's response to my request for comment on burn-in:
Based on my experience examining (and watching) OLED TVs over the years , I have never caused a burn myself, although I have never tested directly. A review site that has, rtings.com , performed an actual TV break-in test and arrived at the conclusion: "We don't expect most people who watch content without static areas to experience burn-in issues with an OLED TV.
As a screen that will mostly display games, the OLED screen on the Nintendo Switch will definitely have some static elements, such as persistent scores in corners, health bars, ammo count, and status icons. These could, if left on the screen for a long time, cause burns.
Static screen elements such as a lap counter can cause -in burns, but will probably not stay on screen long enough to do so. Nintendo
What, I'm worried?
Despite the persistence static screen elements in games, there are many reasons why I am not worried about burn-in on the OLED switch. Here are a few of them.
- Static items like a score, health bar, or crosshair should stay on screen for several hours at a time.
- If you play different games, they will have different (or none) static elements, which reduces or eliminates the problem.
- Apart from the games themselves, the Switch has no static menu item always active like navigation on some phones.
- As Nintendo mentioned, the Switch has a function ofautomatic brightness and a automatic sleep mode which completely turns off the screen after a set period of time, which helps reduce the problem.
Now if I was the kind of gamer who played the same game almost exclusively, the one who kept the same static shiny and persistent nts on the portable screen all the time, I would avoid the OLED switch. But I (like every other Switch user I know) get enough variation on the screen playing enough different games that burn-in shouldn't be a problem.
This is where I mention that this is just guesswork, based on my own experience as a TV reviewer, Switch gamer, and someone who owns a phone with an OLED display from the Samsung Vibrant (around 2010). The newu Switch has just been announced, and maybe something like the Google Pixel 2 XL burn-in issue , where the persistent bottom navigation bar caused the burn-in, will appear for some user OLED switches once it hits the market. But for the reasons described above, I doubt it.
The new OLED switch will be sold alongside theother switch models, which are cheaper and feature standard LCD screens. Nintendo
If you are worried about this possibility, however, definitely don't buy the new Switch. Or just get a Switch with a traditional LCD screen.
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For my part, I consider that the risk of burn-in is quite worth the benefit of OLED. In fact, compared to a TV that can stay on for hours or days after showing one channel at a time with a persistent logo like CNN, I would expect reports of burn-in to be less common with the Switch only with televisions.
I have a lot ofOther questions about the new Switch for example, how the OLED display affects battery life, how it works outdoors or under other bright light and if it crushes shadow details or make the colors less realistic. That burn-in is a problem is not part of it.
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