The Nintendo Switch OLED may have a fancy new screen that's better than any LCD screen in almost every way, but it might have a very potent Achilles heel.
Since the new Nintendo Switch has an OLED screen, it could very well suffer from screen burn-in, which is a common issue with OLED displays. According to GameSpot, while the new Switch's screen is designed for longevity, there is still a real possibility that burn-in might occur unless the display is well taken care of.
Nintendo was quick to answer these concerns right away, saying that the Nintendo Switch OLED will not experience burn-in right after launch. Furthermore, they added the display can still retain its overall image quality as long as users take advantage of the console's display settings, such as auto-brightness, as well as auto-sleep mode.
Another thing that could potentially cause burn-in on the Nintendo Switch OLED is if you keep the display static for long periods of time. That is, the image on the screen must keep moving as much as possible for the OLED panel to retain its image quality.
The Nintendo Switch OLED model was officially announced early last July, after months of speculation on whether Nintendo will release the much-anticipated Switch Pro. It is slated to be available by October.
Nintendo Switch OLED Screen: What Is Burn-In?
The short answer is, pretty bad. That is, of course, if you don't take care of it.
First of all, you need to understand exactly what the problem is. OLED screens differ from typical LCD screens because of one thing. The former uses artificial light-emitting compounds, while the other uses organic ones. Hence, the "O" in OLED. These organic compounds produce their own light, which tends to dim over time.
Burn-in happens if a specific area of the image remains on the screen, no matter what changes are actually happening on display. The leftover image looks a little "ghostly" in nature if you see it on the screen, writes CNET. Here's a good example: on an OLED screen suffering from burn-in, you might see something like a basketball broadcast's scoreboard still appearing over the face of a movie character even after you changed the channel.
How Bad Can Burn-In Be?
It can be pretty bad (and even annoying) once it happens on the screen. This could be even worse on the Nintendo Switch OLED, because it is a gaming console. You often move fast in games, and quick reaction times require that you see all of the action at once. Imagine if there's a ghostly image on your Nintendo Switch OLED's display blocking you from seeing how much ammo your character has left.
However, it's best to give Nintendo a vote of confidence. Modern OLED screens already have technologies that help maintain their pixels over time, writes LG. The Nintendo Switch OLED's 7-inch display is no exception.
In fact, the Nintendo Switch OLED might actually have even more problems with its drift-prone Joy-Con controllers than its display.
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Written by RJ Pierce