Burn-ins can happen relatively quickly with electronic devices. Potential buyers therefore think twice before buying the Switch OLED. A YouTuber is therefore subjecting the console to an endurance test and the result is surprisingly positive.
Update from September 05, 2022: With the announcement of a Switch OLED (view it now at Amazon), fans of the handy console wondered whether they should expect a so-called burn-in. To answer this question, YouTuber Wulff has had his switch switched on since January 2022 – more than 7,000 hours now. After this long time there was now an update from him and this one is also good.
There is no noticeable damage other than a slight shadow that can be seen on white and black backgrounds if you look closely.
So if you’ve been hesitating with your purchase decision up until now, you can now strike with peace of mind.
OLED switch is reaching its limits
We have been following an experiment by Wulff Den since January 2022. He sacrifices his Switch OLED to answer the question, when players have to expect a so-called burn-in. However, the YouTuber can give the all-clear.
When Nintendo announced the Switch OLED, there was a great concern that monotonous use would burn content into the screen. In January 2022, Wulff Den therefore published a video of his test. He left his Switch OLED on – an in-game screenshot from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on screen. Despite the service life of over 1,600 hours, there was no noticeable damage in the end.
The YouTuber has now released an update. The test has now run for around 3,600 hours (around 21 weeks). An extreme condition for the switch, which is now having an effect. A ghost image has now emerged of the scene the console has had to display for the past few months. What is striking, however, is that the damage does not make the console unplayable. According to Wulff Den, it could take another 1,800 hours to get there.
Conclusion: Even if your console only displays monotonous content for a few hours, you don’t need to worry about burn-in.
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Nintendo Switch (OLED model) White + Pokémon Legends: Arceus
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Original post from January 10, 2022:
Nintendo Switch OLED: Streamer put the screen through its paces
The Nintendo Switch has been one of the best-selling consoles worldwide for years and its successor, the OLED model, also passed the market launch with flying colors. Switch games look really good on screen. It’s bigger and the contrast is stronger – but some worry that the OLED screen may be damaged by image retention.
A YouTube streamer has therefore made it his task to find out whether the screen suffers from burn-ins over long periods of use. He left his Switch on for 1,800 hours and finally came to a surprising result.
YouTuber Wulff Den published a video about this project. He explains that he uses an in-game screenshot from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and his SplitPad to make sure nothing moves but the system’s display stays active. Despite the service life of almost 2,000 hours (that’s more than two months), there was no noticeable damage in the end. A close comparison reveals that the white in the image was only slightly darker and the blue has a very slight green tint – something you almost only see when you know it.
Switch OLED: YouTuber can reassure fans
Wulff Den assures you that you don’t have to worry about burn-ins and he still does convinced by the excellent quality of the OLED screen is.
From the comments it can be read that he agrees actually helped with this test Has. So does YouTube user Drivillain:
“Every time I put my OLED switches away for even a second, I put them to sleep to reduce burn-in. When I hear that, I actually relax a bit.”