The Nintendo Switch was released to critical and commercial success around the world, and along with a range of first-class games and innovative design, the Switch has gone on to the dominate the console world, with many of its exclusive titles being hailed as some of the best games in recent memory.
The Switch, which was designed to be portable, was still large enough that it proved difficult to take everywhere – it’s not big enough to warrant a laptop bag, but not small enough to fit into the average handbag. This was a problem that Nintendo has now officially addressed: in the form of the Nintendo Switch Lite.
The Switch Lite will be sold for $199 in countries around the world, and comes with many of the same features as its larger counterpart, save for the fact that the Lite is much more portable, being around the size of a PS Vita.
The Switch Lite Specs
Due tot eh fact that the Lite is smaller than the standard console, potential buyers can expect that the specs of the Lite won’t quite be on the same level as the original, but considering its size – 8.2 x 3.6 x 0.55 inches – it still packs plenty of power. It comes with a 5.5 inch 720p touch screen, and is rated for a battery life that is estimated to last longer than the switch, and users can expect to be able to use the Lite for between 3 and 7 years, a big increase compared to the Switch’s 2.5 to 6.5 hours.
- Processor/ GPU: NVIDIA Custom Tegra Processor
- Screen: 5.5” (1270×720) LCD Touch Screen
- Battery: 3 – 7 hours
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 3.6 x 0.55 inches
- Games: Switch Games that fully support the Handheld Mode
- Colours: Grey, turquoise, along with unique Pokemon Sword and Shield Editions
This is one of the biggest concerns in the community right now, but Nintendo, along with the release of the price and specs, have confirmed that the Lite will be backwards compatible with all of the Switch’s games that support Handheld Mode, and most likely not anything further – so no online casino Singapore or PlayStation games – which is almost all of them. Such games as Breath of The Wild, Super Mario Maker 2, along with a range of indie titles will work fine with the Lite, and shouldn’t prove demanding on its hardware.
It’s best to check if the game does support Handheld Mode, however, which can usually be found on the front of the game. Nintendo has also confirmed that the Switch’s wireless controllers will also be compatible with the Lite for games that don’t fully support Handheld Mode, although the Lite does not come with a kickstand, meaning that the controllers would not offer much in terms of practicality.
Overall, the Lite will be a welcomed edition to the Nintendo family, and may be enough to spark the love of portable game consoles that were once all the rage some 20 odd years ago.