Betting on another Christmas season of wish lists that contain video game platforms, Nintendo announced today that it is releasing a new version of its Nintendo Switch hand-held gaming system.
Nintendo Switch Lite Debuts
This is in addition to the recent announcement about the new Switch Lite model, which offers three to seven hours of battery life but only offers hand-held mode.
Set to arrive on September 20th, the Switch Lite costs $100 less than the regular switch. The Nintendo Switch Lite costs $199.99.
Extended Game Play
While the outside of the Nintendo Switch looks exactly like previous generations, the new one has been remodeled on the inside. It is set to go the distance thanks to a significant extension in battery life.
Instead of the previous 2.5 to 6.5 hours of gameplay, the new console delivers up to nine hours. Gamers are sure to appreciate this much longer game play capability.
Nintendo didn’t share the magic potion for how they developed this extra battery life. However, some tech experts have speculated about its origin. They have developed theories of their own about the hardware changes that helped fuel this extra game play time.
Check the Numbers
If you plan to shop for a Nintendo Switch for yourself or as a gift, pay attention to the serial numbers as this will indicate whether you are buying one of the older models with lower battery life or you have snagged the new and improved model.
Look for serial numbers that start with “XKW” rather than the “XAW” attached to the older models.
An Internal Revamp for the Nintendo Switch
While the Nintendo Switch announcement focuses on battery life, the company’s filing with the FCC revealed some other component changes. These changes included the console’s system-on-chip and memory.
In making these potential internal changes, it’s possible that gamers will experience other improvements like faster loading time, more storage space, and less buffering and lag time.
Waiting For Christmas to Come Early
Obviously, we have yet to try out the new and improved model, but we will let you know if this is the case as soon as we can get our hands on one.