We’ve got leaks for months on end but we finally have it. The Nintendo Switch Lite has been announced by Nintendo and is aimed at those who just want a portable experience.
The Nintendo Switch Lite has a few notable changes from the regular Switch. One of the biggest changes is the lack of Joy-Cons but instead has a single body frame with the controls all attached to the body. The lack of Joy-Cons means no IR Sensors or HD Rumble so if you need to play games that require it, you’ll need to get additional Joy-Cons.
Furthermore, another change is the size of the screen and the body. The screen has shrunk from 6.2″ to 5.5″ while the body has also shrunk down a bit. A much-needed change that the Lite sees which I’d call an upgrade is the inclusion of an actual D-Pad which replaces the old separate d-pad.
The Switch Lite also has a slightly longer battery life as Nintendo claims it will last roughly between 3-7 hours long from the original Switch’s 2.5-6.5 hours. They state that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will drain the Switch Lite in 4 hours as opposed to the Switch just lasting for 3 hours. This change in battery life comes thanks to the new modified chipset that they use as well as the slightly smaller screen.
Lastly, since this is 100% focused on portability, the Switch Lite lacks the dock, the HDMI cable connection or a kickstand. All of these changes help bring down the price of the product.
The Nintendo Switch Lite costs $199 while the regular Nintendo Switch still costs $299. The Nintendo Switch Lite released Worldwide on September 20, 2019, and comes in three colours namely, Grey, Yellow, Turquoise. There’s also a special Pokemon Sword and Shield Version of the Switch Lite which also costs $199 but will release much later on 8th November 2019.
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