There’s a new Switch on the way, and it’s a whole lot smaller.
On the 10th of July Nintendo announced their latest product in their hand held gaming line, Nintendo Switch Lite.
Yesterday Nintendo revealed the Switch Lite, designed and created to be a less expensive alternative to the original 2017 tablet / console hybrid. It comes in at $199 — $100 less than the base unit — and for that price you get a more streamlined version of the Switch, but also a few setbacks.
Arguably the main selling point of the original Nintendo Switch was the fact that a handheld gaming device can quickly become a full fledged console by using the included dock and removable Joy-Cons.
In this new release that selling point is no longer offered. Even though the downsized console has the same form factor as the original, you can no longer detach the side controllers or dock the console to a TV.
It’s not all bad though Nintendo says the Lite features “slightly” improved battery life — the company wouldn’t get any more specific than that — due to a more power-efficient chip layout, as well as the lack of additional batteries in the built-in controllers.
It’s also just a really nice piece of hardware. The Lite comes in multiple colors at launch — yellow, grey, and turquoise — as well as a special light grey Pokémon Sword and Shieldedition, and they all have a pleasant matte texture that feels great to hold. And while the screen is slightly smaller, but despite the change in size, the resolution for the Switch Lite’s display remains the same 720p as the original Switch, though it no longer has a brightness sensor, so you can only adjust the screen brightness manually.
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Credit: Nintendo, The Verge