All about the new models of Nintendo Switch 2019
Nintendo finally revealed its new version of the Switch Will it meets expectations?
A series of previous rumours affirmed that Nintendo had prepared two Switch consoles for this 2019, including the Nintendo Switch Lite announced last week. Now, we have the confirmation of the second system, but it is not exactly the “Pro” model that we expected. It seems to be very similar to the original but will have a more robust battery, so it will be ready for when Pokémon Sword and Shield is released later this year. Below we explain more details and everything you are interested in knowing about the new Nintendo Switch 2019.
NEW NINTENDO SWITCH 2019
The new version of Nintendo Switch 2019 will arrive in August, and everything seems to indicate that it will be a replacement for the original system of 2017, since, otherwise, it seems to be almost identical in its design and specifications, with the exception of the battery.
While the original system’s battery lasts from 2.5 hours to 6.5 hours, depending on the game you’re playing, the continuous use time in the upgraded system will last between 4.5 hours and 9 hours. Not only is it a very important increase, but it is also about two hours more than the Switch Lite will be able to do.
The new Nintendo Switch 2019 will come with the same colors of the current model, ie gray, red and blue, but if you would like to buy some Joy-Con controls, Nintendo announced new colors that arrive in neon shades: blue and yellow, as well as purple and orange. A special Dragon Quest XI S console will also be launched that will include the updated system and the most powerful battery. As for the cost, it seems that the new consoles will have the same price as the switch currently in stores.
NINTENDO SWITCH LITE
Nintendo Switch 2019 finally unveiled a new version of its popular Nintendo Switch hybrid console. Under the name of Nintendo Switch Lite , this smaller and lighter device will be launched in September of this year and will be cheaper than the original.
Previous information pointed to two different versions of the Nintendo Switch: one dedicated to the game at home and another designed to be more apt to take it on the move. The Lite meets the requirements for the latter mode, giving players a lighter and more portable device. If you are interested in learning more about this, we present everything you should know about this device, as well as the company’s plans on the renewed models of your Nintendo Switch console.
How is it different from the original Switch?
The Nintendo Switch Lite console has built-in controls, that is, they can not be removed from the screen as is the case with the original Switch. In addition, the directional buttons that were to the left of the Joy-Con have been replaced by a control pad. As had been rumoured, the HD Rumble function and the motion camera have also been removed. Although with the Switch Lite you can play video games that require movement controls, you will have to use additional controls.
On the Nintendo website it is detailed that the Switch Lite has a 5.5-inch screen, which represents a setback compared to the original, 6.2 inches, and a resolution of 720p. It comes in a variety of colors, with yellow, gray and turquoise as standard.
The biggest difference is that Switch Lite can only play games that support handheld mode. The Nintendo library includes many games in that category, and there are only a few that only support one or the other. We warn you that games like Super Mario Party are not compatible with the hand mode.
A better battery
The complete specifications for Switch Lite have not been revealed, but Nintendo Switch 2019 has said that this model will have a slightly longer battery life than the standard. Currently, the range is between 2.5 and 6.5 hours, with an approximate average of three with titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild . We hope that the new Switch Lite console has greater independence, especially due to its mobile-only focus.
Pokémon special edition
The Switch Lite comes in a variety of colors, with yellow, gray and turquoise as standard, but the company announced that on November 8, 2019 will launch a special edition of Pokémon Sword and Shield light gray, called Zacian and Zamazenta Edition , and will do so on the same day of the launch of the games. Having the Switch Lite available along with the new Pokémon game seems to be the perfect time, something explained by Nintendo Operations Director Doug Bowser.
“We think the moment is right when we have momentum,” Bowser told The Verge. “This is the perfect opportunity for us to offer more options and attract more users to Nintendo Switch in the third year. When you relate it to the software that we just announced at E3, we have a perfect opportunity as we head into the year-end shopping season. “
Availability and price
The Nintendo Switch Lite will be launched globally on September 20, 2019 and will be available at major video game and related products stores, both online and in physical stores, and will cost $ 200. A special version of Pokémon Sword and Shield will be released on November 8, 2019.
Many Nintendo fans feared that, as a result of the US government’s tensions with China, the launch and price of the new and updated Switch would be affected. However, internal sources say that this is not the case. On the contrary, the new models of the popular console are already on the way and, best of all, will not cost a fortune.
Nintendo had already announced that it was going to launch two new Switch models this year. It was rumoured that they would be revealed during the company’s participation in E3 2019, but although the announcement did not happen at the annual video game event, according to the Wall Street Journal and sources close to Nintendo’s internal process, the devices have already entered production.
It is reported that one of the new models of Nintendo Switch will have the same appearance as the original version, but with improved internal components. It will not be as powerful as the PlayStation 4 Pro or the Xbox One X but will be updated in the same sense as the new models of Nintendo 3DS. Regarding the other new Switch, it is expected that it will also have a new design but arrive with lower specifications, which would make it less expensive. It is rumoured that the changes include the elimination of the “HD rumble” function of Joy-Con.
The report states that Nintendo, in an attempt to maintain profits, has moved part of the production of the original version and the two new models to Southeast Asia, due to the 25% import tax proposed by the Trump administration on electronic products. made in China.
The rates could mean higher prices for video game consoles made in China, including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, among others. While it is true that Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft could choose to absorb the additional cost to not raise their prices, that would have a big impact on profits, so it is not supposed to be a safe or sustainable decision.
As for the Nintendo Switch consoles now in production, the Wall Street Journal says they could be released soon, although it is not clear when Nintendo will announce the new models. He did not do it – as expected – during the E3 2019 event, where the company focused on revealing new games, including the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, No More Heroes III, Contra: Rogue Corps, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, and a port of The Witcher 3.
Nintendo also provided more information about titles that had previously announced, including The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Pokémon Sword and Shield, and Astral Chain. If you are interested in knowing everything Nintendo announced, you can read our full summary, and, of course, we will keep you informed when we receive more information about the new Nintendo Switch models.