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PSA: you can now buy a Nintendo Switch OLED or an Xbox Series S without the hassle

PSA: you can now buy a Nintendo Switch OLED or an Xbox Series S without the hassle


Picking up either console no longer requires sleight of hand

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A close-up image of a woman sliding a Joy-Con controller off a white Nintendo Switch OLED.
The object of your desire can now be yours (if it’s a Nintendo Switch OLED).
Image: Nintendo

When the Nintendo Switch OLED Model launched in the fall, it immediately joined the ranks of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and desktop graphics cards as a sought-after piece of tech that was suddenly out of stock everywhere. While that’s still the case for most of those products that I just mentioned — some are only available for close to double their original price on the secondary market — the Switch OLED is no longer difficult to find in stock. The same goes for Microsoft’s cheaper next-gen console, the Xbox Series S.

If you’re looking for Nintendo’s high-end console, the chances are very good that you can log onto Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and other retail sites right now and find whichever Switch OLED you want available at MSRP ($349.99). This includes both the model with the white Joy-Cons or the classic edition with the neon blue and red Joy-Cons. The $299.99 Xbox Series S is perhaps even more readily available at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and Target, but keep in mind the digital-only Series S is less powerful than the Xbox Series X, which remains elusive more than a year after making its debut.

Nintendo Switch with OLED screen

In the case of the latest Switch, all that matters is how much you care about the screen. It has a 7-inch OLED panel, smaller bezels, and bigger speakers than the original Switch.

The white Xbox Series S lying horizontally.

The Xbox Series S is smaller than the 4K-capable Xbox Series X, but it can still play the same digital games — albeit topping out at 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution.

Buying tech like this has been anything but normal since the pandemic slowed supply chains to a grinding halt, with more and more people stuck at home wanting to be entertained — or make a lot of profit flipping tech to people who are struggling to score. To see that you can simply say to yourself, “I want to buy a Switch OLED,” and then do it with no friction is something I wasn’t expecting to see happen in 2021, and I’m thrilled.

The white and black Xbox Series S console standing vertically on a white table in front of a black background.
Unlike the Xbox Series X, the Series S is now readily available at most major retailers.
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

So, if you were planning your grand, multi-step strategy for getting a Switch OLED or an Xbox Series S or thinking of subscribing to the likes of Amazon Prime, Walmart Plus, or Best Buy Totaltech to increase your chances of getting either, cast those aside as last resorts for another point in time. At this point in the year, you’ve likely missed out on the chance to have a Switch OLED delivered by the holidays, but a belated gift is better than striking out.