Nintendo has responded to internet speculations by denying the existence of a third Switch model and claiming that the recently announced Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) would have a higher profit margin than the base model.
The long-running console and gaming business shocked many when it announced a brand-new Switch device with a bigger OLED screen, an enhanced kickstand, and an ethernet port-equipped dock a few weeks ago.
The Nintendo Switch OLED is nothing like the rumored 4K Switch Pro upgrade that has been circulating over the past year. While Nintendo has denied the existence of such an update, fans have speculated on how games like The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild and Animal Crossing: New Horizons might appear in higher resolution. Furthermore, industry insiders think that Nintendo is preparing a Switch Pro in the future and that the OLED variant is just a stopgap due to the recent COVID-19 chip scarcity.
Nintendo has now debunked these claims with a pair of tweets that address reports that a new Switch model is in the works and a prior news story that stated the Nintendo Switch Pro would have a higher profit margin. The Nintendo Switch OLED will be released in October, according to the second article.
The Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders have already begun, with GameStop providing a substantial discount to gamers who exchange in their previous Switch. The console dock for the Switch OLED will be available separately for individuals who want to replace their existing one without updating the console.
We also want to clarify that we just announced that Nintendo Switch(OLED Model) will launch in October, 2021, and have no plans for launching any other model at this time. (2/2)
— 任天堂株式会社（企業広報・IR） (@NintendoCoLtd) July 19, 2021
In less good news, the Joy-Con controllers on the OLED console revision will still be susceptible to the drifting issue that has plagued the Switch since at least 2019, much to the disappointment of those hoping that Nintendo would address the issue in the wake of the class-action lawsuits filed over it.
While some players will be disappointed that Nintendo has said it will not release a “Pro” upgrade for the Switch any time soon (especially since even a Nintendo employee admitted there’s no reason to upgrade to the Switch OLED if current Switch owners don’t care about the new screen), it appears that the many rumors about the hypothetical Switch Pro have been put to rest, at least for the time being. However, Nintendo did leave the door open to future conjecture when it stated that “at this moment,” it has no plans for a new Switch model.