The Nintendo Switch Lite Will Be Released On September 20

The Nintendo Switch Lite is a smaller handheld-only portable that will be released this fall. It is being described as a Nintendo Switch for those who just want to play on the go.

The Lite will come in three colours: yellow, grey and turquoise.

Priced at $329.95, the Switch Lite is cheaper than the standard issue Switch, which retails for $469 in Australia but has since been priced around $399.

It is also a slightly smaller piece of hardware with a slightly smaller screen. The Lite, however, does have a longer better life and a D-Pad instead of directional buttons.

Size is not the only difference. Unlike the regular Switch, it will not feature detachable Joy-Con controllers or a kickstand, and it won’t support TV Mode. The Lite also does not come with with a Switch Dock.

Regarding game compatibility, Nintendo writes:

Nintendo Switch Lite can play the games in the Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode.
For games that do not support handheld mode, players can wirelessly connect compatible controllers (sold separately) to Nintendo Switch Lite. If using separate Joy-Con controllers, users will need to have a device to recharge them, such as the Joy-Con Charging Grip.
To find play mode compatibility information for specific games, please refer to the product packaging or Nintendo eShop.

You can see how the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite compare below:

The Switch Lite, which is designed to be used exclusively in handheld mode, is also a fraction smaller. There’s also no HD rumble or IR motion camera. Here’s the full specs:

  • Size: 91.1mm x 208mm x 13.9mm (with Joy-Con attached)
  • Weight: Approx. 276g
  • Screen Capacitive touch screen / 5.5 inch LCD / 1280×720 resolution
  • CPU/GPU NVIDIA customised Tegra processor
  • System memory 32 GB
  • Audio: supports linear PCM 5.1ch
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • USB Type-C terminal
  • Headphone mic. jack, stereo output
  • Lithium ion battery / battery capacity 3570mAh
  • Battery life: Approximately 3 – 7 hours
  • Charging time: 3 hours approx (charge while in sleep mode)

Source: Nintendo, Kotaku

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