Published: Fri, August 09, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

New Nintendo Switch To Use Sharp Panels

New Nintendo Switch To Use Sharp Panels

Nintendo has two new versions of the Switch coming out: a revised version of its current hybrid-handheld console set to release this month, and a handheld only Switch Lite model due out next month. But IGZO's energy efficiency makes it a prime choice for mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, and of course, the Nintendo Switch. Based on a report by the Wall Street Journal, Japanese electronics maker Sharp will supply IGZO screens to Nintendo for use in future Switch models.

"We will provide what we are most good at, IGZO", said Sharp Executive Vice President Katsuaki Nomura, when asked what type of displays it was providing to a videogame client. There aren't many differences between the Switch we now have and the new model that will replace it, save for an increase in battery life.

Unfortunately, Sharp's Nomura wouldn't specify which Switch models would be equipped with the new IGZO displays, so we may have to wait for a teardown of the Switch Lite and HAC-001 (-01) to determine whether or not the company opted to replace the amorphous silicon display technology of the original model. The new type of thin-film transistor (TFT) backplane in these displays allows for "electron mobility" that's 20 to 50 times faster than traditional "amorphous silicon" IPS displays, like those found in the Switch now, Sharp says.

Sharp and Nintendo have a long history of working together as the former designed auto stereoscopic display for the latter's 3DS console.

Independent games publisher Versus Evil in partnership with Obsidian Entertainment today announced that Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition is now available on Nintendo Switch for $49.99 / £44.99 / € 49,99.

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