Nintendo Switch Lite: What We Know
All of the Nintendo Switch Lite news in one place.
There have been rumors for some time that Nintendo was planning a pair of hardware revisions for the Nintendo Switch, and that at least one of them--a cheaper version--could launch as soon as this year. The idea of such systems would come as no real surprise given Nintendo's history of offering new iterations of its gaming hardware. E3 came without any word of such a device, but out of nowhere, Nintendo has now confirmed one of those rumored systems. It's called the Switch Lite, and it releases later this fall.
This won't replace the existing Switch model. The most notable takeaway, aside from the lower price point of $200, is that it can't be docked with a TV, making it a handheld-only device. That has major implications on its purpose and how certain games can be played, particularly those that relied on detaching Joy-Cons from the system. And while we don't yet know everything about the system (how exactly you can or can't move between different Switch systems remains to be seen, for instance), there's a lot we do know about the Lite, and you can follow along with all of our coverage below. We'll continue expanding this as we learn more.
One key piece of information that we've learned since Lite's announcement: the base Switch is also getting an update. The basic functions and look of the system won't change, nor will the price tag, but it will have better battery life.
For more, check out our rundown on when and why Nintendo refreshes its hardware.
All of the core details Nintendo had to share about its first addition to the Switch family. [Read more]
The long sought-after D-pad on the left Joy-Con will be included with Switch Lite. [Read more]
Here's what Nintendo has to say about the possibility of bringing that D-pad to its standard Joy-Con controllers. [Read more]
Alongside the colorful versions of the Lite, Nintendo will also sell a slick-looking Pokemon model, though it won't launch until November. [Read more]
You'll be able to move in between Switch devices, according to Nintendo. [Read more]
While the system does feature some cost-saving cuts, the system does still feature the necessary hardware to interface with Amiibo figures. Here's how it works. [Read more]
In addition to the cheaper Lite, there have been many reports that Nintendo is working on a second Switch revision, but the company says the Lite is the only new system arriving this year. [Read more]
Answers to the most common questions about the upcoming hardware revision. [Read more]
We break down exactly what's different between the two systems, including the improved battery life seen in the Lite. [Read more]
Switch Lite: Which Games Are Impacted By The Feature Changes?
Nintendo is removing some key features from the Switch Lite, which means the functionality of these games may be affected. [Read more]
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