Nintendo Planning Switch Lite Content Transfer Features
Back and back and forth and forth.
Nintendo has finally revealed a new version of the Nintendo Switch, known as the Nintendo Switch Lite. It's intended not as a replacement for the existing version necessarily, but as a cheaper, portable-only version of that hardware. Many are likely considering adding a second Switch to their life, whether that be as an option for friends and family, or as a dedicated handheld to take out and about. However, for those who might be looking at picking up a second Switch, there are key questions regarding whether save files and content that has been purchased can be transferred from one device to another painlessly. [Update: Nintendo has also announced a revision for the base Switch model; the new Switch offers improved battery life.]
When it comes to licenses and the accessibility of content on multiple devices, Nintendo's platforms don't have a history of being particularly user-friendly. However, speaking to CNET, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser said that the company is working on features that will make it easier to move between a Switch and Switch Lite, and vice versa.
"Yes, you will have the ability to transfer between devices, your gameplay experiences," he said. However, Bowser stopped short of actually providing concrete details on how that would work and when the functionality will be available. "More to come there, but that is the intention," he added.
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Given that Nintendo's Online service has the ability to create groups and families, it could be that the solution involves adding multiple Switch devices to accounts, but that remains to be seen. Nintendo Switch Lite launches on September 20 for $200, and it's likely further information about how multi-device transfers will work will be provided ahead of the launch.
Nintendo has detailed the Switch Lite price, specs, release date, and more. Much of it doesn't come as a surprise, but the lack of detachable Joy-Cons has some interesting implications on multiplayer. There's also no word on the rumored other, more powerful Switch iteration, although Nintendo says this is the only new Switch coming this year.