Congratulations on getting your hands on the new OLED version of the Nintendo Switch! But whatever you do, resist the urge to peel off the integrated screen protector on the device’s screen.
Nintendo has stuck an “anti-scattering adhesive film” to the front of the display for added protection. Anti-scattering films are typically used to prevent glass from breaking into sharp shards in the event of damage, in addition to helping protect from scratches.
“Do not peel off the anti-scattering adhesive film from the OLED screen of the console,” warned the company in the manual.
This wasn’t a concern before for the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Lite. They both were given plastic displays, while the OLED version’s screen is made from glass. You might not even have noticed that the protective glass cover is there as The Verge noted that it’s “nearly impossible to see”.
If it is already too late for you, and you had already removed the “anti-scattering adhesive film” from the OLED screen, you can purchase a new screen protector. Nintendo sells its own first-party screen protector for the OLED Switch for USD 20 (RM83.40), which also includes a carrying case.
Non-removable screen covers have also been seen on the Samsung Galaxy Fold. The screen cover looked like a removable cover, but it was actually a critical part of the display—-and Samsung has been pre-installing screen protectors on its main line of Galaxy S smartphones since 2019. To stop people from peeling it off, Samsung had included a warning message to say that removing the protective layer may cause damage.