Nintendo announce Nintendo Switch Lite, a compact handheld-dedicated device

Nintendo announce Nintendo Switch Lite, a compact handheld-dedicated device

Nintendo announce Nintendo Switch Lite, a compact handheld-dedicated device

The Switch Lite is a handheld console only, which means it can't be used in tabletop or dock mode. It also features integrated controls, making it a handled-only machine. The Switch Lite does not have removable controllers. To celebrate the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield, a limited-edition Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian & Zamazenta Edition will launch on November 8, 2019. In an interview by The Verge with Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser, he said that the handheld-only option was something they decided based on observing how people have been using the Switch. Nintendo will also make available a carrying case and a screen protector, we're told.

The Nintendo Switch Lite will be available from September 20 and there's further information on Nintendo's website.

The long-swirling rumours of a more affordable Nintendo Switch that couldn't, well, switch from handheld to TV mode were correct after all. It doesn't feature HD Rumble (Nintendo's vibration tech for controllers) or an IR motion camera.

For games that do not support handheld mode, players can wirelessly connect Joy-Con controllers to the device. The gift card information will also be emailed to you after your purchase, so you should be able to buy an additional game before the system actually arrives. Don't worry though, you can still play all the games the normal Switch can, you just might need a couple extra Joy-Con. It's a singular model designed entirely around the portable experience. As the name implies, the Switch Lite is lighter than its sibling weighing in at 277 grams compared to the 400 grams of the original Switch. The Switch Lite measures 91.1mm x 208mm x 13.9mm and weighs 275g while the Nintendo Switch measures 102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm and weights 297g. The 5.5-inch screen is slightly smaller, the battery life is slightly longer, and the Joy-Con controllers are built into the device rather than being detachable.

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

I suspect the D-Pad was added largely to mirror the 3DS' profile - again, 3DS fans being the Switch Lite's primary market - but I like to think it was partly because someone at Nintendo saw all those posts about players modding D-Pads onto their Joy-Cons. Nintendo notes that there will be support for all existing Switch titles, although some games will have restrictions.

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