19 Jul 2021 8:58 AM +00:00

Update: Nintendo Switch OLED Won't Cost Much More To Manufacture Than The Base Model

Updated - 19 July 2021

In response to last week's report which implied that the OLED Switch will generate greater revenue than its predecessor, Nintendo has issued a statement denying the findings:

As well as refuting the claim, Nintendo also confirmed they have no other plans to launch other switch models at the moment.

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Original - 15 July 2021

The reveal of the Nintendo Switch OLED surprised some while confusing others, due to its minor additional features compared to the predecessor.

Despite the $50/£50 price hike attached to the handheld-docked hybrid, the adjustments are said to cost very little to generate.

Read More: Everything We Know About The OLED Switch

Nintendo Switch OLED's Additional Features Will Cost Little To Develop

According to a report, the new switch's improved 7 inch OLED display is priced at a further $3 to $5 per unit. While doubling the 64 GB internal memory from the original's 32 GB will cost an additional $3.50.

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The other OLED improvements like the Ethernet port and wider kickstand are only said to increase the costs per unit by several dollars.

Overall, these improvements amount should amount to less than $10 per unit manufactured.

Nintendo has already been selling the Switch for profit since its launch. In comparison to the $50/£50 RRP hike from the standard switch to the OLED model, Nintendo is likely to generate a greater profit from selling the OLED versions.

This is in contrast to Sony and Microsoft, where the PS5 and Series X|S sales just about break even with manufacturing costs. Rather, they opt to generate profit through software like PS Plus/ Xbox Live revenue and of course, the games.