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Nintendo comments on screen burn for Nintendo Switch (OLED) model, says they have aimed for “longevity”

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CNET has published an article talking about the possibility of screen burn on the forthcoming Nintendo Switch (OLED model) as OLED screens screens have been notorious in the past for image retention or ghosting. Nintendo says that they have designed the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) with longevity in mind and using the built in pre-set functions on the Nintendo Switch settings, screen burn should not be an issue for buyers. The Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is due out on 8th October and our preview will go live soon.

“We’ve designed the OLED screen to aim for longevity as much as possible, but OLED displays can experience image retention if subjected to static visuals over a long period of time. However, users can take preventative measures to preserve the screen [by] utilizing features included in the Nintendo Switch systems by default, such as auto-brightness function to prevent the screen from getting too bright, and the auto-sleep function to go into ‘auto sleep’ mode after short periods of time.”

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15 thoughts on “Nintendo comments on screen burn for Nintendo Switch (OLED) model, says they have aimed for “longevity””

    1. Heh? This isn’t a trait of Nintendo, this is a trait of OLED screens. Its also never been a significant problem for anyone, as while it is technically possible, it isn’t likely to happen to anyone in normal use, which is why they are considered the top end screens…… which is why Nintendo is now using them.

      1. “never been a significant problem for anyone”. Not only has every Oled device I’ve own has horrible burn in, but every Oled device my family members own have burn in. It’s the whole reason I don’t use my original PSVita anymore, the screen looks like crap once it’s covered in splotches. The only reason it isn’t brought up as much is because companies have mainly put ot on devices they expect consumers to replace within 2 years. On the TV market they are priced where the expect families getting one to just be able to afford a new one in 5 years.

        1. This very screen I’m typing this text on has burn-in. And it’s not even my only phone, nor is it more than 1,5 years old. I even removed the navigation buttons and are using a black keyboard as well. I really hate burn-ins.

          1. I’m not going to speak to individual circumstances regarding OLED screens. Merely that this is what OLED screens in fact, are, and that they are widely considered the top end screen regardless of the experience any single user has had. That any negative user experiences, no matter how bad they may have been, have failed to interfere witht he reputation of OLED screens on the whole.

            I don’t particularly care what you individually think of OLED screens, but when dealing with something like a failure rate, the number you need to take into account is everyone on the whole. Read everything, then make an opinion. Either way, it is objectively nonsense to blame Nintendo for their explicitly marketed as OLED screens behaving as OLED screens in fact, do.

        2. No only are you lying right now, but that’s literally only OLED TVs and they’re more common for people who play on their TVs for 5-10 hours a day. 🙄 Turn in your gamer card bud, you’re done.

  1. Yall I have my S21 Ultra AMOLED turned all the way up and eave the display timeout at 1 min and I see no burn-in. I’m hoping to get an S22 next year anyway

  2. I have worked quite a bit with OLED screens, and seen some improvement in burn-in prevention.
    Now I have not seen a burnt in OLED panel in a long time, except one floor demo unit that was blasting the same image 24/7.
    Couple of years ago they were an issue, but every time it was due static image, could often tell what game the user had played on it.
    I’m not sure what Panasonic did, but they seem to have made better work with the software, as Panasonic OLED TV’s weren’t as prone to burn in as LG’s own.
    Though Panasonic had experience from burn in from plasma TV era, and my Panasonic plasma often leaves ghosting, but on plasma it usually goes away when picture refreshes enough.
    LG designed OLED to do panel refresh when it is waken from stand-by mode on certain intervals, but when it burns, it never goes away.
    Have not found any burn in on my LG OLED so far, model 8C. 7 and 6 series it was a quite an issue.

  3. Salvatore v Ciciarelli

    Anyone who asked this was just trying to make excuses to not buy it. OLED TVs are not OLED consoles. psVita rarely suffered from burn ins as I recall and Nintendo implements the technology better here, so that really only improves the outlook of the console upgrade itself.

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