The rumors about a new Switch version were true! In September, the Switch Lite will be released.

This new model lives up to its name in many ways

  • It’s light on price, $100 cheaper.

  • It’s light on features, as it’s portable only, with no TV output.

  • It’s light on screen real estate, having a slightly smaller screen.

  • It’s lighter in the literal sense, around 25% weight reduction.

  • And it’s lighter on battery use, as all these add up to less of a power drain.

This sounds like a perfect entry to the Switch family, an entry level system for people who only want to play it on the go, and don’t want to pay $300.

While I don’t do a lot of portable gaming, I could see myself eventually picking up one of these just for some of the local, multi-Switch multiplayer games.

So what do you think? If you already have a Switch, do you want this? If you don’t, is this an enticing entry to Switch gaming?

See the full specs here :

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Member wrote on 07/10/2019 at 02:39pm

I could see getting this for my son if there starts to be a competition for Switch time in my family. I think it will be good for families where there is switch time competition and obviously (based on the video) people in space.

It is interesting to see that they dropped HD rumble support. That would have been cool to keep in, but it probably lets them slim down the switch and increase battery life.

As for no TV output, I can understand that, but store clerks better learn the difference. I can see a lot of people seeing the cheaper price, going for this, and not knowing what it lacks.

Are there games that don't support handheld mode? I haven't run into any. Has anybody run into games that don't support it?

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Member wrote on 07/10/2019 at 02:41pm

Jon, sounds similar to when the original DS came out. They said there were going to be 3 pillars, but we all know what happened to the gameboy.

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Member wrote on 07/10/2019 at 04:16pm

Can Nintendo release a left joycon with a d-pad? I like that option on the lite.

Travis   Admin   Member   Post Author wrote on 07/10/2019 at 05:07pm

YES! I would as well. I get why it’s not like that, for when you’re playing it sideways. But I would truly love that.

I do wonder if they’ve fixed the joycon drift issues for this model, because it’s not like you can just buy some new joycons for this one.

jdodson   Admin   Member wrote on 07/12/2019 at 11:58pm

Digital Foundry breaks it down:

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