Later this year, the Nintendo Switch OLED will go on sale, and apparently Sony will be “closely monitoring” sales of the system with great interest. In a report by The Japan Times, Hideki Yasuda, analyst at the Ace Research Institute, says Sony is very interested in Nintendo’s pricing strategy for the new model. The Nintendo Switch OLED will launch for $ 50 more than the current version of the system, despite some improvements over the model released four years ago. Yasuda says it “could set a precedent for charging more in the industry,” if the OLED Switch works well for Nintendo.
It is not without precedent for Nintendo to release new models for its platforms after a few years. While the company’s consoles tend to stay the same, its handhelds have often been upgraded, including the “New Nintendo 3DS”. As Nintendo’s life does mention, however, that it’s unusual to see a price increase for a console after several years in the market, as opposed to a price drop. Meanwhile, Sony is also known to come up with new models for its hardware, but usually at a lower price. If the reports are correct, Sony could make a similar move for a more expensive PlayStation 5, at some point.
It will be interesting to see how the OLED Switch performs regardless of Sony’s interest in the platform! While the OLED Switch isn’t quite the “Switch Pro” many expected to see, the prospect of a better, brighter display certainly looks promising for those who primarily use the system in portable mode. It’s hard to say whether or not this will translate into strong sales, but the Switch has been nothing but a huge success for Nintendo. While most gamers don’t want to upgrade their consoles, it stands to reason that the majority of newcomers will spend an extra $ 50 to get a higher version of the hardware.
Of course, even if the OLED Switch is successful, it’s hard to say whether or not that would indicate a new trend for the industry; Just because it works for Nintendo doesn’t mean it will work for other console makers. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens!
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