Worried about Nintendo Switch OLED burn-in? Read this first

Worried about Nintendo Switch OLED burn-in?  Read this first

The new Exchange in arrival in October has a 7 inch OLED display.


The Nintendo Switch OLED is available for pre-order it now for $ 350 and ships in October, and it is already become a hot item. I’d say hot, but it might give you the wrong idea. you see, me review televisions for CNET and abundance of people ask me to burn-in on the OLED TV I advised for years. Even though it is much smaller than a TV, this one shiny new 7 inch OLED screen on the Nintendo Switch could raise the same questions. My answer for the switch is the same as it is for TV: I’m not worried about burns. it’s based on what I know now, most other potential buyers shouldn’t be either.

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here we go start with the basics. Screens today – on TVs, telephones, laptop, tablet, smartwatches and, yes, laptops game console – use two major technologies: OLED (organic light emitter diode) and LCD (liquid crystal) display). OLED screens have better picture quality than LCD screens, especially since they can produce a perfect hue of black, which creates better contrast and “pop”, in addition to more saturated and richer color.

Nintendo promotes “vivid colors and sharp contrast” on the 7-inch OLED display found on the new Change, and I have not reason doubt tale affirmation. In my years of own the original Switch and countless hours of gaming on its LCD screen, I have found is mediocre at best in terms of contrast and color. I fully expect the new Come and look A lot better.

Nintendo Switch OLED model

Perfect black levels and more saturated color makes OLED screens look better than LCDs.


Ghost in the machine

A potential drawback of OLED technology is something known as burning-in. As we said in our extensive guide to Burn OLED screen-in: “Burn-in is when a part of image – navigation buttons on a telephone, for example, or a channel logo, news ticker or scoreboard on a TV: persists as a ghostly background, regardless of what appears on the screen “.

TV and telephone manufacturers who sell OLED screens, from LG for Apple for Google, recognize the possibility of burn-in – aka “image persistence” or “image retention”. Everyone characterizes it as something that can happen in “extreme” or “rare” circumstances, and I agree.

Here is Nintendo’s response to my request for comment about burning-in:

We have designed the OLED screen to aim for longevity how much possible, never display OLED can experience image retention when subjected to static images over a long time of time. However, users can take preventative measures to preserve the screen [by] using features included in the console Nintendo Switch by default, like auto- brightness function to prevent the screen from becoming too much bright, and the auto- sleep function to enter in ‘auto sleep mode after short periods of time.

In my experience review (and watch) OLED TVs over the years I never have caused a case of burn-in myself, even though I’ve never tried for is directly. A review site that has, rtings.com, frog real-world TV burn-in test and came to the conclusion: “We do not expect more people who look varied content without static areas for experience burn-in problems with an OLED TV. “

As a display that will be show in primis games, the OLED screen on the Nintendo Switch will surely have some static elements, such as persistent scores in angles, life bars, ammo counts and status icons. These could, if left on the screen for a long time of time, plausibly cause burn-in.


Static elements of the screen like a tachometer could cause burn-in, but you probably won’t stay on screen long enough to do that.


What, do I care?

Despite the persistence of static screen elements in games, there are numerous reasons why I’m not worried about burns-in on the OLED switch. Here are a few.

  • Static elements like a score, the life bar or the reticle should remain on the screen for lot of hours At the time.
  • If you play different games, will have several (or no) static elements, which reduces or eliminates the issue.
  • Apart from games themselves, the Switch does not have an ever-on, static menu item like the navigation bar on some phones.
  • As Nintendo mentioned, the Switch has automatic brightness feature it’s a automatic sleep mode that turns off the screen entirely after a set period, helping reduce the issue.

Now, if you were the type of gamer who played the same game almost exclusively, one which has remained the same bright, persistent static elements on laptop screen constantly, I would avoid the OLED switch. But I (like any other Switch I user know) get enough variation on the screen of playing quite different games burning-in it shouldn’t be a problem.

Here’s where I say that’s all just conjecture, based on mine experience as a TV reviewer, a Switch gamer and someone who owns a phone with an OLED screen from the Samsung Vibrant (circa 2010). The new The switch was just announced, and maybe something like the Google Pixel 2 XL burn-in issue, where the navigation bar in persistent bass caused burn-in, will emerge for some Switch OLED users once they hit the market. But for the reasons set out above, I doubt it.


The new OLED Switch will be sold alongside the other Switch models, which are cheaper and offer standard LCD screens.


If this possibility worries you, however, then definitely don’t buy the new Switch. OR just take a switch with a traditional Liquid crystal screen.

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For my part, I consider the risk of burn-in be entirely worth the advantage of OLED. In fact, respect with a TV that can be left on for hours or days at a time playing one channel with a persistent logo like CNN, I expect reports of burn-in be less common with the switch of with televisions.

I have in abundance of other questions about the new Switch, for example how OLED screen affects battery life, how performs outdoors or in other bright light and whether it eliminates shadow detail or makes colors less realistic. Both burn-in It will be a problem it is not one of their.

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