The Nintendo Switch OLED is a tempting little handheld thanks to its display tech, but it’s not immune to burn-in. Burn-in is a problem that’s been around on OLED screens for some time. Manifesting in different ways across different devices that use the panel.
Though it generally always comes about as a result of leaving the screen on for too long on a particular image. In terms of the Nintendo Switch OLED and potential burn-in, think about leaving the display on without a sleep mode enabled. Then coming back to it many hours later.
That’s precisely the kind of thing that you don’t want to do with you new Switch OLED console. The good news is that this is a problem that is totally preventable. Meaning you can likely avoid any burn-in issues as long as you heed Nintendo’s warnings.
To avoid Switch OLED burn-in, Nintendo says don’t disable sleep mode
As reported by The Verge, Nintendo includes some useful information and tips on how to avoid any issues in this area. The first, is that you shouldn’t disable the default sleep mode settings on the console. This will help to ensure that the display goes to sleep after appropriate intervals so as not to keep the same image on the screen for extended periods of time.
Note that Nintendo also states this is to “minimize the risk” and not necessarily prevent it entirely. With that in mind, you should be fine if you take the necessary precaution here. The other thing Nintendo mentions is to just not display the same image on the screen for extended periods of time. For example, the home screen. If the default sleep mode settings are left enabled, then this shouldn’t be an issue.
While not the same, image retention is another thing to be aware of and watch out for. Nintendo’s warning states that by leaving the default sleep mode settings enabled, this should help minimize the risk. However, you can go the extra mile and potentially give the console a rest if you start to see image retention pop up.
Say, when you’re playing a game that has constant HUD elements on the screen at all times. Think Metroid Dread with its health bars. You can also try to keep the display brightness down. Or at the very least avoid from using it at the highest brightness setting for extended periods.
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