Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Nintendo’s new Switch Lite can’t actually ‘switch’

Nintendo’s new Switch Lite can’t actually ‘switch’

Nintendo Switch Lite has been confirmed by the Japanese gaming giant in a surprise announcement today. If you're not sure whether a game will be compatible with the Nintendo Switch Lite, you can check the back of the box to see if it supports handheld mode. The Switch Lite is made to be entirely portable, which means that it can't connect to a TV. The Nintendo Switch Lite is a much smaller, exclusively handheld version of the Nintendo Switch and comes in three different colors: yellow, gray and turquoise.

It's set to cost a little cheaper, with a $199 price point announced for the USA (at the time of writing, a United Kingdom price has yet to be confirmed) and will come in Yellow, Grey and Turquoise colours.

If you're a fan of Pokémon Sword and Shield, it may be worth waiting a little longer until November 8 (a week before the game's release), when Nintendo is launching a Zacian & Zamazenta Edition console, which will feature cyan and magenta buttons, and illustrations of the two new Legendary Pokémon.

The end result is a smaller, sleeker unit that lightweight (.61 pounds versus the Nintendo Switch's.88 pounds with controllers attached).

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Fortunately, this problem is likely to become a thing of the past thanks to the new Games Pass feature. Middle-earth Shadow of War, My Time at Portia and Undertale were added to the service on July 4.

The Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite differ in a few aspects.

And now for the best part; with all of these modifications, the Nintendo Switch Lite will be priced at a very attractive $199.99 ($100 cheaper than the standard Nintendo Switch).

The Lite also does away with the larger Switch's infrared sensor. It can't use docked mode to attach to a TV, and this model no longer has detachable Joy-Con controllers.

That being said, it also gains a bit in battery life, with 3 to 7 hours instead of 2.5 to 6.5 hours. You can not connect the system to the dock. That means it can't be used to play games that make use of these features, so you'll need an extra Joy-Con controller for them. In the official press release, Nintendo mention that "some games will have restrictions", but give no details as to what they'll include. Nintendo says that it will clearly mark games in retail packaging and online.

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