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Nintendo Chooses LCD Over OLED For Switch

Nintendo’s next generation of Switch consoles will be ditching the OLED panels for LCD panels.

This decision came as a surprise to the industry, and could affect the OLED business plans of Samsung Display.

Reports have revealed Nintendo will be launching a new Switch product, equipped with an 8-inch LCD panel in 2024.

The Nintendo Switch was launched seven years ago, meaning the market is focused on the next generation console and when it will launch.

Many different outlets are making predictions about the new products, including one report that claimed Sharp had invested in the R&D of new generation Switch LCD panels in 2023.

A December 2023 report stated Nintendo was in talks with SDC about the supply of OLED panels for the upcoming Switch console.

The original Nintendo Switch initially launched with LCD panels, however, an OLED version was released four years later, and shipped over 5.8 million units in six months.

Predictions suggest the main reason for a switch to LCD panels is cost reduction. The original Switch, launched in 2017, cost A$469.95. The OLED version cost A$539.95.

This being said, LCD panels could provide a reduced performance in power consumption, image quality, and contrast.

Future Market Insights predicted the global gaming display market scale will rise from US$9.8 billion in 2023 to US$18.5 billion in 2033.

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