Forget 4K and all those cutting-edge features you might expect to be included in a gaming system in 2021, Nintendo knows exactly what you want: "softer" HDMI cables.
In the company's latest volume of 'Ask the Developer', Ko Shiota and Toru Yamashita of Nintendo's Technology Development Division highlighted some of the "invisible changes" to the Switch OLED model. Perhaps the standout was a comment about how the included HDMI cable is now "softer" and more flexible. Here's the full exchange:
The HDMI cable is also different. I quite like this change; please feel how flexible it is.
(Touching) Indeed, softer than the one that was previously included.
Yamashita: Improving cables has been considered for a long time, and some of our staff had been working on it, and it happened to align with the release of Nintendo Switch – OLED Model.
In all seriousness, a more flexible cable is likely to be quite handy when it comes to cable management.
If this hasn't already sold you on the Switch OLED, there are a few other minor things Nintendo wants to point out. The central logo on the Joy-Con grip provided with the new system is engraved, not printed. And in addition to this, the Joy-Con strap now has white dots on it (at least on the white model):
"we changed the design of the Joy-Con strap as well, with white dots"
The dock's lid is now also easier to remove:
Nice work, Nintendo.
Earlier this week, a teardown of the new OLED model suggested Nintendo might have upgraded from HDMI 1.4 to HDMI 2.0. If it has though, there's still no official confirmation.