Switch OLED docked display issues may be due to your HDMI cable

Some Switch OLED users have been experiencing an issue with their Switch during docked play. When they drop the Switch into its dock, it won’t display on TV for 4 to 5 seconds, even though the dock registers the Switch as connected. While Nintendo hasn’t commented on the matter, one Switch OLED owner seems to have figured it out.

Reddit user Ramen-Noodle-Bear has gone through some extensive testing to try and solve this issue, and it seems the culprit might be nothing more than an HDMI cable swap. The Switch OLED includes an HDMI 2.0 cable, as the output port on this Switch was upgraded. The Switch can handle HDMI 1.4 and 2.0, but HDMI 2.0 can cause black screens/blackouts for some TVs during the handshake process.

While this isn’t a 100% confirmed answer to the problem, it seems to have fixed the issue for all users who were experiencing it. If you’re facing this problem, use the HDMI cord included with your Switch OLED and see if things work out.

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