Following months of apparent leaks and speculation of the device, the Nintendo Switch Lite is now a reality and its official. Nintendo revealed details about the new console including its price, specs and release date. Yes, it is smaller and more affordable but there’s a caveat to it and the Nintendo Switch Lite won’t be for everyone.
The Switch lite unlike the regular Switch cannot be connected to a TV and its controllers are not removable. One might ask “Whats the point of a switch, if it cannot switch?”. However, the device was not meant to replace the regular Switch but to offer an alternate to for those searching for Switch titles at a lesser price and functionality as well. Here’s everything you need to know about Nintendo’s newest handheld console.
Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite specs comparison
|Category||Nintendo Switch Lite||Nintendo Switch|
|Release date||20 September 2019||3 March 2017|
|Display||5.5 inches (1280 x 720)||6.2 inches|
1280 x 720 (handheld)
1080 x 1920 (docked)
|Processor||Tegra X1||Tegre X1|
|Weight||0.61 pounds||0.88 pounds|
|Expandable storage||Yes (MicroSD)||Yes (MicroSD)|
|Battery life||3-7 hours||2.5-6 hours|
|Rumble & IR camera||No||Yes|
Even though the Switch Lite is cheaper buy a $100, you would want to know the specs before you decide if it’s a good bargain. Let’s see how the Nintendo Switch Lite stacks up against the regular Nintendo Switch.
1. Are all Switch games compatible with the Switch Lite?
Yes, Nintendo Switch Lite supports every existing Switch game. However, you won’t be able to play the titles that don’t support handheld mode. The good news is that you can purchase Joy-con or a Switch Pro controller to play those games.
2. Battery life
There won’t be much of a difference in battery size between the two consoles, but with the Switch Lite having a smaller screen, its battery is bound to last a little longer. The regular Switch gives you 2.5 hours – 6 hours of playtime while the Switch Lite gives you 3-7 hours. Also, given that the Switch Lite is a handheld device only, it should save more battery.
3. The Nintendo Switch Lite does not work with the Switch dock
The original Nintendo Switch dock offers users not only a perfect way to play their portable console in a different way but also a great way to charge it. However, the Switch Lite won’t fit into the standard dock because of its smaller size and it can’t be connected to a TV as well.
This is definitely a bummer for some, as it is one of the main selling points of the Nintendo Switch- a handheld device that can switch into a game console played on TV.
4. It is not a replacement for Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo has always been one to move on from old devices by bringing it new ones. With that being said, the Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser assured everyone that Nintendo Switch Lite is not coming to take over the Nintendo 3DS. Bowser told The Verge “We’ll continue to support our 3DS family as long as there is demand”.
5. Easier system transfers
When it comes to transferring data between Switch consoles, it can be a daunting task. Well, Doug Bowser also mentioned that the company is working on making it easier. This is not directly linked with the Switch Lite but we’re hoping it rolls out before the Switch Lite arrives. Bowser told CNET “Yes, you will have the ability to transfer between devices, your gameplay experiences. More to come on there, but that is the intention.”
6. What about compatible games?
It appears players will be able to enjoy most of the Switch titles on the Nintendo Switch Lite. However, because the device is solely a handheld console, this poses a challenge for some games that require the use of Joy-Cons. Lite users will be able to connect their Joy-Cons to the Lite and play with no hassle. The downside is it can’t be played on a TV, so you’re stuck with that 5.5-inch screen. In addition, it has no kickstand which is kind of a bummer.
7. Does the Switch Lite support Nintendo Switch online?
Yes it does! When the Nintendo Switch Lite launches in September, it’ll have access to Nintendo Switch Online. The online service allows people to play games online and also features access to a few dozen NES games.
8. Is there a special edition?
In addition to yellow, grey, and turquoise color options, Nintendo will launch a special edition Switch Lite coming in November, called Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition, the console features beautiful art on the back and cyan and magenta accents on the front. If you’re a diehard Pokémon fan, this is the Switch Lite you want to get.
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