Update July 15th, 4:55PM ET: The Nintendo Switch OLED model is no longer available for preorder in either color.
Preorders for Nintendo’s new OLED Switch model are now live, following Nintendo’s formal announcement this morning. The console is set to be released on October 8th for $350, a $50 price increase over the standard Switch model. Nintendo didn’t provide any specific details regarding availability, directing customers to check with stores directly for how they’ll be handling preorders.
If you’re looking for the white iteration of the console, it’s currently not available for preorder. The red-and-blue model is still available at Target, however, and is set to ship before the OLED model officially goes on sale on October 8th.
The red-and-blue version of the Nintendo Switch OLED may look the same as the original model, but it still features all the refinements found on the black-and-white version, including better audio, a 7-inch OLED display, and an improved kickstand that spans the entire length of the device.
The OLED Switch, as the name implies, is largely focused on upgrading the display of the original Switch, swapping the 6.2-inch LCD out for a brighter, richer 7-inch OLED panel. Resolution, RAM, CPU, and even the physical dimensions of the console are the same as the original model, however. Despite the rumors, the OLED Switch doesn’t offer any “Switch Pro”-style upgrades for a more powerful console.
Also new is a redesigned kickstand (which spans the entire device and looks to be a notable improvement on the original’s flimsy stand), “enhanced audio” for the built-in speakers, and a new dock that adds an integrated ethernet port.
Snagging a new console is a tricky business these days, as anyone who has tried to buy a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X in the past few months can attest to, with bots, scalpers, and the sheer demand of thousands of customers all trying to snap up a limited number of consoles. And if demand is anywhere near as high for the OLED Switch, you’ll probably need a healthy dose of luck to snag one today.