You Probably Shouldn’t Peel Off the Protective Screen on Your New Switch – OLED Model

As many around the world have begun enjoying their brand-new Nintendo Switch – OLED Models, some have noticed that it comes with a protective screen already on it. According to Nintendo, it should not be removed as it will protect the users from any harm should the new glass screen break.

This "anti-scattering adhesive film" is a new addition by Nintendo as the original Switch and Switch Lite had no need for it as their screens were made of plastic whereas the OLED Model is made of glass. If the screen were to break, shards of sharp glass could cause harm, and this protective screen will help prevent any damage to the user being done. It also will help prevent any scratches on the screen as well.

We reached out to Nintendo for comment and it confirmed that the protective screen should stay on alongside mentioning that users can also add another screen protector on top of it if they so choose.

"As indicated on page 2 of the Nintendo Switch OLED Health and Safety Information and Usage Guidelines document (included in the box with the system), please do not peel off the anti-scattering adhesive film from the OLED screen of the console," a spokesperson from Nintendo of America said to IGN. "Nintendo sells an official OLED Model screen protector that fits the new screen, so yes you can use one. Here's the Product Info."

The Nintendo Switch – OLED Model was released on Friday, October 8, alongside Metroid Dread and, while it may not be a must-buy for everyone, the new screen is a great improvement and is worth a look for any who love using the Switch as a handheld.

In our Nintendo Switch – OLED review, we said, "The Nintendo Switch OLED model does enough right to make this mid-generation refresh worth the $50-$150 premium over the older models, assuming you don’t already have a Switch. At the same time, that $50 premium does not make sense for Switch owners who only (or even primarily) intend to play games in docked mode."

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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