Nintendo has unveiled a new version of its popular Switch hybrid game console on July 10, 2019, and is calling it the Nintendo Switch Lite. It’s a smaller version of the console that will be a handheld-only system, and will debut on September 20, 2019 at a retail price of $199.
As this is a handheld-only version (rather than being able to connect to a television like the regular Switch), the Switch Lite will not feature detachable Joy-Con controllers and is instead an all-in-one piece of hardware. It features a slightly smaller screen than its hybrid counterpart, but weighs less and boasts a longer battery life. The Switch Lite will also be available in three colors at launch – yellow, teal, and grey – and a Pokémon Sword and Shield limited edition has also been announced.
The Switch Lite will be able to play all games in the Switch library that support handheld mode; Nintendo notes that “some games will have restrictions.”
Games that support or require other controllers will be able to still be played, as the Switch Lite supports external Joy-Cons, the Pro Controller, the Poké Ball Plus, and others. It also has built-in gyro controls like the original, and supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC communication. A full list of specs and differences between the Switch and Switch Lite can be found at the Nintendo website.