Yes, the Switch’s OLED screen can display ghosting… but you really have to want it

Nintendo launched a new version of the Switch last year, the main asset of which is an OLED screen. The colors are more vivid and brighter, but a doubt persisted on the traces that could appear on the slab.

The Switch OLED has not revolutionized Nintendo’s hybrid console, but the players who have been able to buy it (it’s not always easy) are full of praise for it. The games there are visibly more beautiful, as they were able to enjoy with Metroid Dread which served as a demonstration of the panel’s ability to bring out the colors.

5 months before a ghost appears

But if the advantages of OLED screens are known (to which we will add very deep blacks), there is a disadvantage: ghosting or “burning” images. The display may in fact present marks, printed forever on the slab. However, the image must have remained on the screen for a long time for it to remain permanently. In the case of the Switch OLED, that’s a really long time.

YouTuber Wuff Den wanted to find out for sure, and he had to show a lot of patience to finally see a burn mark on his Switch OLED. It finally appeared after 3,600 hours, i.e. 150 days or almost 5 months. More than enough to see coming, because to obtain a ghost image, the original image must be present continuously on the screen.

To achieve this result, Wuff Den left the console on on a still image of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, in which Link gazes up at the sky. The burn is clearly visible, it can be seen in the console interface and in games. However, those who feared that this behavior (usual for OLED technology) would degrade the Switch experience can be reassured, you really have to want it and take your time to burn the screen.

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