Nintendo has made the Switch Lite official, finally ending months of speculation.
The handheld-only system is aimed at gamers on the go, with no removable Joy-Cons, kickstand, or dock.
This means no TV support. However, as Joy-Cons can still be connected there is a workaround in place for games such as 1-2 Switch that utilise HD Rumble and IR Motion.
The 1280×720 captive touch screen has seen a slight reduction in size, going from 6.2in to 5.5in. This is to accommodate its small form factor – the regular Switch is 102mm x 239mm, whereas the Lite clocks in at 91mm x 208mm.Â
As well as being both smaller and lighter â€“ weighing in at 275g, over the originalâ€™s 297g – the system boasts a much-requested d-pad, and a moderately improved battery allowing for 4-6 hours of play (depending on software and usage).
The $199 handheld is due to launch 20th September (the same day as Link’s Awakening, incidentally) in three colours â€“ grey, yellow, and turquoise. A PokÃ©mon SwordÂ andÂ Shield-themed Zacian and Zamazenta edition will follow on 8th November, also available for $199. It doesn’t come with a copy of the game, however.
Thereâ€™s no word on UK pricing yet. Weâ€™re hoping for Â£179.99, but Â£199.99 seems more likely in this topsy-turvy world. But at least it isnâ€™t digital only, eh?