Video: YouTuber’s Ultimate Switch OLED Test “Finally” Delivers Burn-In After 3,600 Hours

You may remember the story we published earlier this year about the Switch OLED’s 1800 hour burn-in test. Made by graphic artist and content creator Bob Wolf on your YouTube channel Wulf Den. There was no “noticeable burnout” at the time.

Now he has posted an update on YouTube and in this video, he shows that the system is finally showing some signs of burnout. This happened after about six months and about 3600 hours. Again, this is a fixed screen Switch. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild day after day and it took so long for the ghosts to appear.

So what’s the verdict? If you are planning to buy an OLED switch, “nothing to worry about”:

“This is something you should be worried about, definitely not… it took me 3600 hours to get to this point, and it was on that screen all the time at full power that it would take someone years to do it in one a particular game, and again, that game needs a UI element or something that doesn’t move on the screen, and that particular element needs to be on screen for 3600 hours with a bit of ghosting even though you’re specifically playing Breath of the Wild … I don’t think it will ever be a problem.

  • “If you’re worried about buying an OLED switch, for this reason, there’s nothing to worry about.”
  • While this experiment has already proven that there is nothing to worry about when it comes to this system’s OLED panel, Wolf intends to keep looking at “how much worse it can get” and how long it will take for the system to go into a non-playable state.
  • Wulf thinks it will likely be another 1,800 hours before the burn-in has the potential to become “game-broken.”
  • He also checked the battery, as the system was connected to the charger all this time. When running purely on battery after 3600 hours, it was still able to run for 8 hours on max settings.
  • “So if you’re worried about leaving it on the charger for too long, that’s nothing to worry about either.”

How is your own Nintendo Switch OLED model coming along? Have you experienced screen-related issues? Leave a comment below.

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