Just recently, Nintendo stealthily swooped in and surprised the world with the announcement of the new Switch OLED model. The new-and-improved design for the flagship Switch sports a lot of hardware improvements, one of which includes a new Dock that has more rounded edges, slightly different dimensions, and most notably, a built-in ethernet port (the first-ever for a Nintendo home console). Sounds like a good deal for any new owners of the Switch OLED, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only ones who get to enjoy it.

Though this new Switch Dock will come bundled in with the purchase of each Switch OLED, Nintendo will also be selling it separately as a standalone peripheral. That means you can set up a space with multiple docks, and can mix-and-match them between the original and the new OLED Switch units. The original Switch will nestle into the new Dock not too different than the OLED model, simply due to the fact that both the dimensions of the consoles and the docks aren’t too different.

Now that you know that you can do this, there’s also the matter of should you?

Switching things up

If all you’re looking for is access to the new ethernet port, then you can already get that functionality right now (and for cheaper) by simply buying a compatible USB to ethernet adapter for your existing dock.

Also keep in mind that if you do go ahead and purchase the new Switch Dock, you’ll be giving up a USB port in place of the ethernet port. So, if you have something that lives in that internal USB port in your existing Switch dock, like a controller adapter for example, then you’d have to settle with making use of only two USB ports in total.

A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.

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