One of the worst kept secrets in gaming, the Nintendo Switch Lite has finally been revealed after leaks aplenty. The Nintendo Switch Lite price is $200 (around Rs. 14,000) and the Nintendo Switch Lite release date is September 20. As reports have suggested, it will indeed be usable in handheld mode only. In addition to this, Nintendo released specifications for it as well.
Nintendo Switch Lite specifications
- Dimensions: 3.6” high, 8.2” long, .55” deep
- Weight: Approximately .61 lbs
- Screen size: 5.5″ touch screen
- Battery life: Approximately 3 – 7 hours
While Nintendo hasn’t revealed if it’s using a more efficient, newer variant of the Tegra chip found in the original Switch, the better battery life is an indicator that this is indeed the case.
Nintendo Switch Lite battery life
“The battery life will depend on the games you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 4 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” claims Nintendo’s official Switch site.
Nintendo Switch Lite colours
The Nintendo Switch Lite will be available in three colours: grey, yellow, and turquoise. There are two special variants for Pokemon Sword and Shield too.
“Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more colour and price point options,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favorite Nintendo Switch games.”
Nintendo Switch Lite games compatibility
Nintendo Switch Lite can play the games in the Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode. Though there are some restrictions. Nintendo Switch games that don’t support handheld mode require players to use “compatible controllers” with the Switch Lite.
“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,” Nintendo says on the official Switch website.
Now it’s just a matter of when Nintendo decide to reveal the Nintendo Switch Pro which was rumoured to be in the works alongside the Nintendo Switch Lite.
According to a report from the ever-reliable Wall Street Journal, the Kyoto-based company is already manufacturing these two new Nintendo Switch consoles.
If true, it means Nintendo will have three different versions of its hybrid console on the store shelves just like it does with the 3DS, which has the 2DS, New 3DS XL, and New 3DS.
“The Wall Street Journal reported in March that Nintendo planned to update the Switch this year with two new models. One is set to look similar to the current model with beefed-up components, while the other is expected to be a less-expensive model with a new look,” writes The Wall Street Journal’s Takashi Mochizuki before expanding on the existence of these versions and a potential announcement in the near future.
“People involved in the supply chain said production in Southeast Asia has started for the Switch, including the current type and the two new models, suggesting Nintendo is getting ready to introduce them soon. They didn’t give specific volume figures but said Nintendo wanted to have enough units to sell in the U.S., the largest market for videogame consoles, when the new products go on the market.”