In a surprise video upload on the Nintendo UK YouTube channel, Nintendo has officially unveiled the long-awaited and heavily rumored Nintendo Switch Lite — not the Nintendo Switch Mini, as previously speculated to be named. The Nintendo Switch Lite looks very similar to Sony’s old PSP handheld, and is noted to have different features than the Nintendo Switch current offers.
The Nintendo Switch Lite, which the company describes as a “compact, lightweight console that’s dedicated to handheld play,” will not feature a docked option to play on a television. The main unit and control inputs have been permanently integrated into the handheld hardware. Joy Cons can still be used, but they are sold and packaged separately from each Nintendo Switch Lite console. The directional buttons have been switched in favor of a D-pad. To aid in optimizing its portability, the IR Motion Camera and HD rumble features have been removed. It’s also advised to check the back of a Nintendo Switch game’s box to ensure a title can handle handheld support.
Most importantly, the handheld device is heading to retailers as soon as this autumn season, releasing officially on September 20, 2019. The price of the console will be $100 less than its predecessor, standing at $200. The console can be purchased in yellow, gray and turquoise. More details can be seen at Nintendo’s official website.