The high price of the OLED version of the Switch does not match the cost of its new parts

In the era of consoles transition to the next generation, darkened by a shortage of components and a riot of second-hand dealers, Nintendo took a strange step, the consequences of which can haunt all ordinary gamers. The fact is that in the fall "Big N" is preparing to release an improved version of the Switch console - the OLED model. The main improvement of this model is precisely in the presence of a brighter and larger OLED screen, as well as in doubled the amount of memory. Not to say that Nintendo radically pumped the device, but decided to ask for a decent price for it - $ 350 instead of $ 300 for the regular version.

Not all analysts liked this movie, and they even considered that the cost of the product was greatly overestimated in comparison with the cost of the improvements. They say that all the additional options of the OLED model together cost about ten, but not $ 50, and Nintendo could easily sell the OLED revision at the base price - after all, it was already selling a plus. But no, instead, they decided to raise the price even higher, and some analysts believe that such a decision could have a strong impact on the entire gaming industry.

It is speculated that if Nintendo succeeds with such an OLED markup, Sony's rivals could inflate PS5 prices in the future. And then, at the moment, the market is practicing a scheme for selling consoles below their cost in order to cover losses in the future at the expense of profits from the sale of software. But if buyers prove that they do not mind spending more, then Sony, which already cannot cope with demand, will have an excuse to also release some new, slightly pumped revision of the PS5, the price of which will be much higher than the cost price.

The situation looks especially ironic against the background of the announcement of the Steam Deck - a portable console (and, in fact, a mini-computer) from Valve, which does not cost much more than a Switch with a much more serious iron content (and much less cost of games).

On the other hand, pre-orders for Switch OLED ended almost immediately after the launch in all major American networks, so either there are a lot of people in the world who do not mind overpaying for an advanced screen on their favorite system, or Nintendo has very wisely selected the circulation for its revision or both.

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