Nintendo Unveils Switch Lite

Nintendo Unveils Switch Lite
The new lower-cost Switch Lite console can only be used as a handheld games device.

(CCM) — Following on from the huge success of Nintendo's Switch console, the company has announced a new, cut-down, lower cost version of the device which it has dubbed the Switch Lite, Gamespot is reporting.

The new console has a slightly smaller screen at 5.5 inches, compared to the original Switch's 6.2-inch screen, and this is capable of displaying images at 720p. But the key difference is that the Switch Lite cannot be connected to a TV via USB-C and HDMI, so it works only as a handheld games device rather than a hybrid console like the original.

Amongst other differences, the Nintendo Lite does not have detachable Joy-Con controllers, or IR motion sensors, or the original's "rumble" feature. But original Joy-Con controllers can be connected to the Switch Lite, according to the report.

The console will be able to play any Switch game that supports handheld mode, although Nintendo notes that "some games will have restrictions."

The Switch Lite will be available to buy on September 20 priced at $199.99, in a choice of grey, yellow, or turquoise, the report adds. A limited edition Pokémon version will also be released to coincide with the launch of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, although this will not be bundled with a game.

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