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Nintendo Switch fans who have upgraded to the pricier OLED model and regularly use it for extended gaming sessions can relax knowing that its display is unlikely to suffer from the dreaded effect of permanent image retention.

That’s according to a video shared by YouTuber Wulff Den, who claims to have left his Nintendo Switch OLED Model on for 1800 hours straight and was surprised to find that the screen failed to exhibit any noticeable sort of burn-in, something that occurs due to the natural aging of the technology’s organic light-emitting diodes. The Nintendo Switch OLED model features a 7-inch OLED display manufactured by Samsung.

“There is no difference in any of the color test that I ran, you can also notice there’s no noticeable burn-in marks after almost being on for 2000 hours,” Wulff Den reported. “The only difference you can kind of see is the white in the shrine ceiling, it’s ever so slightly dimmer, and the blueish-white has a slight green tint.”

“If you’re worried about OLED burn-in on your Switch because you have like 2000 hours in a game, I think you can relax a little bit,” he added. “I don’t think it’s a practical concern for anybody. I think maybe in like 10 years now we might see like a HOME screen that was in light mode burn-in on a display unit somewhere, but for the most part you got nothing to worry about.”

Nintendo announced the Switch OLED Model last September, a new member of the Switch family that also includes a wide adjustable stand, a dock with a wired LAN port, 64 GB of internal storage, and enhanced audio when the console is used in its handheld and tabletop modes. Display manufacturers such as LG have attempted to reduce the possibility of burn-in in their TVs with a pixel refresher that runs when the display is turned off after every four hours of usage.

Source: Wulff Den

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  1. Interesting. So, it’s a Samsung panel.

    I wonder if this can be credited to the panel, or if it is due to software mitigation efforts.

  2. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 46505, member: 203″]
    Interesting. So, it’s a Samsung panel.
    Oh huh, I didn’t know that either.

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