Nintendo has announced a new version of its Switch console, and it’s a whole lot smaller. The Nintendo Switch Lite comes at a $100 less ($200) and also loses some of the features from the regular Switch.
Smaller Display, no Joy-Cons
The Switch Lite’s display has shrunk to 5.5 inches (down from 6.2 inches on the regular Switch) with the same HD resolution. Additionally, Nintendo claims that there won’t be any performance differences between the two as both of them use the same hardware.
The Switch Lite is designed explicitly as a portable, standalone gaming device, meaning you can’t connect it to a TV. The controllers are built right in and you can’t take them out like the Joy-Con controllers. Despite that, it will still be called “Switch” for some reason, even though it can’t switch.
It’s reminiscent of the PSP from Sony back in the early 2000s. It’s good to see a handheld console finally making a comeback.
As the name suggests, Switch Lite is lighter than its sibling, weighing in at 277 grams as opposed to 400 grams of the original switch. It is also more sturdy now as the whole thing is a single unit. The controller layout is largely identical on the Lite, though the new Switch has a proper d-pad, replacing the not-so-precise directional buttons on the original.
Nintendo claims that the Lite features “slightly” improved battery life due to a more power-efficient chip layout, as well as the lack of additional batteries in the built-in controllers.
For reference, Nintendo claims up to one more hour in titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This means you’ll be able to play Breath of Wild for 3.5 hours on the Switch Lite compared to around 2.5 hours on the original.
When the Switch Lite launches on September 20, it will be available in grey, yellow, and turquoise colors for $200. A limited-edition Pokemon-themed design will arrive on November 8.