Nintendo officially announced a new version of its Switch. Titled the Nintendo Switch Lite, its a slightly more compact version of the current model, but boasts a cheaper price tag.
It’s set for release on September 20th, priced at $200 USD. The Switch Lite features a 5.5 inch screen with 720p, a slight decrease from the original 6.2 inch size. Also, the Lite will not be able to connect to TV’s via USB‑C or HDMI, meaning this version of the Switch will be handheld only.
Although you can’t dock it, it does have a longer lasting battery life, being able to play approximately 4 hours of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild off a full charge. The Lite is also not as heavy as the original, weighing about .61 lbs.
It also doesn’t have removable Joy-Con controllers, but if you have them, they can connect to the Switch Lite for use. The built in controls don’t have any rumble or IR motion sensors and Nintendo adjusted the button layout a tad. The four buttons that were directional inputs on the Joy-Con’s, have been replaced by a classic D‑pad. There’s still a headphone port, and just like the Switch, it doesn’t support Bluetooth.
The Switch Lite will launch September 20th in three colors: yellow, grey and turquoise. A Pokémon-themed version, featuring Zacian and Zamazenta, will also be arriving September 8th. It’s a week ahead of the Pokémon Sword and Shield release on September 15th.
Rumors of Nintendo producing a less expensive variant of the Switch, surfaced shortly before E3 this year. Nintendo stated they wouldn’t be showing the new console during it’s E3, instead making everyone wait for the unveiling. Talk of a Switch Pro for “avid” gamers has also been circulating, leaving some fans extremely hopeful of another announcement.