OLED screens are glorious, beautiful, vibrant – but they don’t last forever. Eventually, their organically lit pixels can wear out, and some were understandably worried that the OLED-equipped Nintendo Switch, released last October, would eventually succumb to burn-in. The good news? According to one test, it can take 3,600 hours of constant play on a static screen to get it right to start to see the first signs of that dreaded screen disease.
YouTuber Wulff Den reports that after five months of having a Nintendo Switch OLED turned on, plugged into a charger, a static shot of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildLink’s effectively stares into the sun, he’s only now And last but not least some ghosting to see. And it’s not much, as you’ll see for yourself in the video embedded above. (Wulff Den also tested at 1800 hours and didn’t see much effect then.)
As my colleague Chris Welch told you at launch, burn-in isn’t quite the fear it used to be with OLED displays, as the technology has come a long way, both in terms of OLED sub-pixel longevity and built-in software protection. Sometimes those protections can even be a little too aggressive, as I explain in my review of LG’s 48-inch C1 OLED TV. But they are there, and even if burn-in still exists, everything Nintendo does seems to be effective.
By the way, the Nintendo Switch turned five last week. Here are a few pieces we wrote to commemorate that: