There have been rumors for some time that Nintendo was planning a pair of hardware revisions for the Nintendo Switch, and that at least one of them–a cheaper version–could launch as soon as this year. The idea of such systems would come as no real surprise given Nintendo’s history of offering new iterations of its gaming hardware. E3 came without any word of such a device, but out of nowhere, Nintendo has now confirmed one of those rumored systems. It’s called the Switch Lite, and it releases later this fall.

This won’t replace the existing Switch model. The most notable takeaway, aside from the lower price point of $200, is that it can’t be docked with a TV, making it a handheld-only device. That has major implications on its purpose and how certain games can be played, particularly those that relied on detaching Joy-Cons from the system. And while we don’t yet know everything about the system (how exactly you can or can’t move between different Switch systems remains to be seen, for instance), there’s a lot we do know about the Lite, and you can follow along with all of our coverage below. We’ll continue expanding this as we learn more.

Meanwhile, the existing Switch will be getting an update, if new FCC filings are any indication. That doesn’t necessarily point to any meaningful improvements or changes for that model, but it’s possible there could be some slight improvements ahead of the release of the rumored, more powerful Switch. For more, check out our rundown on when and why Nintendo refreshes its hardware.

Nintendo Switch Lite Announced; Price, Release Date, Specs Revealed

All of the core details Nintendo had to share about its first addition to the Switch family. [Read more]

Nintendo Switch Lite Won’t Use Joy-Cons, But Has One Big Controller Improvement

The long sought-after D-pad on the left Joy-Con will be included with Switch Lite. [Read more]

Nintendo Switch Lite’s New D-Pad Won’t Be Added To Joy-Cons

Here’s what Nintendo has to say about the possibility of bringing that D-pad to its standard Joy-Con controllers. [Read more]

Nintendo Switch Lite Getting Pokemon Sword And Shield Model

Alongside the colorful versions of the Lite, Nintendo will also sell a slick-looking Pokemon model, though it won’t launch until November. [Read more]

Nintendo Planning Switch Lite Transfer Features

You’ll be able to move in between Switch devices, according to Nintendo. [Read more]

Nintendo Switch Lite Will Still Support Amiibo

While the system does feature some cost-saving cuts, the system does still feature the necessary hardware to interface with Amiibo figures. Here’s how it works. [Read more]

Nintendo Denies Another New Switch Is Coming Alongside The Lite This Year

In addition to the cheaper Lite, there have been many reports that Nintendo is working on a second Switch revision, but the company says the Lite is the only new system arriving this year. [Read more]

Nintendo Switch Lite FAQ

Answers to the most common questions about the upcoming hardware revision. [Read more]

Nintendo Switch And Switch Lite Comparison: Specs, Dimensions, Battery Life, And More

We break down exactly what’s different between the two systems, including the improved battery life seen in the Lite. [Read more]

Switch Lite: Which Games Are Impacted By The Feature Changes?

Nintendo is removing some key features from the Switch Lite, which means the functionality of these games may be affected. [Read more]



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