After a phenomenal introduction two years ago, Nintendo is doing what Nintendo does and releasing a revised version of its Switch console in September. This one is a budget version of laser-focused on portable gaming.
The Switch Lite will be released on September 20th, with a retail price of $ 200 ($ 1
No Switching: All Portable, All the Time
The most notable change for the Switch Lite is that it doesn't, well, switch : the signature TV dock is gone, and you will not be able to add one in a separate purchase – it is not compatible with the Lite. Other features designed around shared play, like the flimsy kickstand, have been removed as well.
Games will run a "portable mode" all the time on the Switch Lite, which might be a good thing for some of them. Sticking to the 720p display instead of running it through USB-C / HDMI will mean better performance on the NVIDIA Tegra-based hardware. Oddly, the USB-C port is still on the bottom.
Smaller body and screen with control tweaks
With that focus on portability comes a smaller body and screen. The Switch Lite is about two thirds the size of the Switch, and its controls are part of the main plastic body (no removable Joy Cons on this one). Since it was only a single player, Nintendo has done away with the mirrored left / right control setup and given the switch Lite a proper Game Boy style D-Pad on the left side.
The touchscreen is just 5.5 inches, .7 inches smaller than the original. That doesn't sound like much, but consider that we're in smartphone display territory here: it's about the difference between the iPhone XS and XS Max. It's still using a respectable 720p resolution, and presumably, will use the same unfortunately vulnerable plastic construction. The switch's integrated brightness sensor is gone, so you can rely on manual control. Battery size is not mentioned, but Nintendo says it will last a little longer than the original. That's probably thanks to the smaller screen and singular body — it saves internal space and doesn't need dedicated batteries for the Joy-Cons
IR and HD Rumble are Gone
Nearly all Switch games will be compatible with the Switch Lite, in the same way that all 3DS games can be played on the 2DS, and the Lite has access to both cartridge games and downloads from the Nintendo eShop. Storage for games can be boosted with a MicroSD card.
With the Joy Con controls gone, there's no integrated infrared camera or "HD rumble." (We're assuming no rumble at all, just like the 2DS and 3DS.) The Switch Lite will still have an internal gyroscope, so those
A few games like 1-2-Switch Nintendo Labo, and Pokemon Let's Go, will need an external controller in order to play with those specific Joy-Con features. Super Mario Party —it's unclear if you'll be able to play it with an external controller on the Lite. 19659019] Nintendo Switch vs. Switch Lite ” width=”1294″ height=”610″ data-credittext=”Nintendo” src=”/pagespeed_static/1.JiBnMqyl6S.gif” onload=”pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon(this);” onerror=”this.onerror=null;pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon(this);”/>
All Bluetooth-based Switch controllers will work on the Switch Lite, though playing the portable-only console with your hands on something else might be tricky. Games that require external controls on the Switch Lite will have markings with effect on retail boxes and online listings.
More Color Options
For the Switch, Nintendo focused on the docked Joy-Con controllers to scratch its special edition itch . The Switch Lite is looking much more like Nintendo's traditional Game Boy and DS offerings, with three colorful models out of the gate: flat gray, sunny yellow, and a frickin 'sweet teal that reminds me of the original Game Boy Color.
The Switch Lite will also get a special edition Pokemon variant for the release of Sword and Shield —not the contrasting colors for the left and right controls. Expect new special edition consoles to be released at regular intervals and to coincide with new game releases, in the style of the DS and 3DS. A rare version for that Breath of the Wild sequel is more or less inevitable.