Those hoping for performance upgrades beyond the display might be disappointed though, with no CPU or GPU upgrades, no fix to Joy-Con drift, and no sign of the much-rumoured 4K graphics support.

Here's everything we know about the Nintendo Switch OLED.

When will the Nintendo Switch OLED be released?

Nintendo has confirmed that the new OLED version of the Switch will release on 8 October - the same day the company launches Metroid Dread, the new 2D installment in the fan-favourite sci-fi series.

That means the new release comes a little over four years after the original Switch, and almost exactly two years after the Switch Lite - both of which will remain on sale for now, giving fans three Switches to choose from.

How much does the new Switch cost?

The Switch OLED model costs £309.99 in the UK, $349.99 in the US, and €364.99 in Europe.

That's a modest increase from the regular model, which is officially remaining on sale at its standard price for now: £279/$299/€299.

Pre-orders for the new console have already started. If you're in the UK, head to Game to place your pre-order, while in the US there are listings at GameStop and Best Buy, though stock is expected to be limited.

Check out our full guide to where to pre-order the OLED Switch for our latest, up-to-date guide to stock and deals.

Nintendo Switch OLED

What's new in the OLED Switch?

While fans had hoped for a serious upgrade to the Switch - to justify that rumoured Pro name - instead the Switch (OLED) is a more conservative step forward.

Most notably, it doesn't include any actual core performance upgrades, and won't support 4K video output - two key expectations from gamers.

“Nintendo Switch (OLED model) does not have a new CPU, or more RAM, from previous Nintendo Switch models,” the company told The Verge, dashing any hopes for under-the-hood improvements.

Nintendo Switch OLED

Still, there's plenty that is new, so here's what's changed - or take a look at our Switch vs OLED model comparison for a more specific breakdown of how the new Switch and the standard model compare.

7in OLED display

The first big change is in the name.

The Switch (OLED) features - you guessed it - an OLED screen. Nintendo says that the new screen is more vibrant, with "vivid colours and high contrast."

It's also larger, at 7in - compared to a 6.2in display on the original Switch. The console itself is only fractionally larger - it's about 0.1in longer - so the larger screen has instead been achieved by shrinking the bezel, so there are much smaller black bars around the console's display. 

The handheld display is still capped at 720p, with TV output limited to 1080p - if you want 4K you'll have to keep on waiting.

White colour scheme

Before you spot the OLED screen, you might spot the slick new white finish of the Switch OLED.

Not only are the console's two Joy-Con now white, but so is the new dock - more on that in a bit.

Nintendo Switch OLED Joy-Con

If you prefer the classic colourway, the Switch OLED will also be available with a black dock and Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Cons - just like the original Switch.

Thanks to Nintendo keeping the size consistent, any existing Switch Joy-Con will work with the new hardware, so you won't be limited to the default colours if you're not a fan.

The downside is that this is because Nintendo hasn't changed the Joy-Con at all - including not doing anything to fix the notorious Joy-Con Drift problem, where the controllers recognise directional input even when the analogue sticks are in the neutral position.

"The Joy-Con controller configuration and functionality did not change with Nintendo Switch system (OLED model)," a Nintendo representative told GameSpot. "The configuration and functionality is the same as that of the Joy-Con controllers for the Nintendo Switch system."

Wider kickstand

Another small hardware tweak is an improvement to the plastic kickstand on the rear of the console.

Nintendo Switch OLED kickstand

Firstly, it's now much wider - almost the full length of the console. This should make it much more stable than the smaller kickstand on the original, which sat on one side and left the console a little unbalanced.

Just as importantly, the kickstand is now adjustable, letting you pick from a few specific angles to sit the console at for tabletop play - a welcome bit of extra flexibility.

LAN port

We've already mentioned the new white version of the dock. but that's not its only surprise. Whichever colour you opt for, the new Switch OLED comes with a dock that includes a LAN port, allowing you to hook the console up to wired internet for faster speeds and improved stability.

Nintendo Switch OLED dock

It's worth noting that you can still use the OLED Switch with existing docks, and you can use the regular Switch in the new dock - and the LAN port will work with the older hardware too.

More storage

Nintendo hasn't given the Switch's core specs a big upgrade, but there is one enhancement: internal storage has doubled from 32GB to 64GB.

Since much of that 32GB was actually reserved for the console operating system, this is actually more than a doubling of available storage space.

The OLED Switch will remain compatible with microSD cards too, which will likely still be necessary for most people with serious digital game collections.

Improved speakers

The final hardware upgrade is what Nintendo calls "enhanced audio" from the onboard stereo speakers, though the company hasn't gone into the specifics on what's changed.

There is one notable omission though: Nintendo hasn't mentioned the addition of support for Bluetooth headphones, one of the most requested upgrades from the original hardware. So it sounds like you'll still need to use wired headphones to listen to game audio on the go.