It’s been rumoured for a little while now, but Nintendo has officially confirmed the Nintendo Switch Lite, a more compact and lower-cost edition of its popular Switch console, is coming this year.
The new Nintendo Switch Lite hardware is priced at $199.99 (around R2,800) and will be released on 20 September 2019.
As for the main differences, the Switch Lite will be a self-contained portable device, and won’t feature the Joy-Con controllers (which usually come with the standard Switch console), and won’t have the ability to sync with a dock and be played on a larger TV – this is purely a portable console.
The system will also come with a smaller 5.5-inch, 720p resolution screen and comes in three colours: yellow, grey and turquoise.
It’s also confirmed that the Nintendo Switch Lite’s battery life will outlast that of the traditional Switch, ranging from three to seven hours of play.
In terms of games, the Nintendo Switch Lite device is compatible with the full library of Nintendo Switch releases that support handheld mode, however, the Switch Lite doesn’t offer HD Rumble support or the IR camera included in Joy-Cons for the original Nintendo Switch. That said, the Switch Lite will support external Joy-Con controllers, the Switch Pro Controller, and the Poké Ball Plus, and has built-in gyro controls.