New Nintendo Switch Extends Gameplay

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.

  

23 Comments
    • Nunya Beeswax
    • 1 month ago

    Wow, what an in-depth articlette from our new faceless bootlicker-in-residence. Oh no, I meant ‘freelance mouthpiece’. WHO THE FLIPPING F ARE YOU!?!?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqAh1dQu_pg

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      • Nunya Beeswax
      • 1 month ago

      Oh, and I just love the abundance/plethora of headlines. A new and exciting SEO headline for about every two paragraphs which consist of a sentence and a half at most. Now THAT’s how you write for nintendo4kidz.com. Very fitting, as if you’d have always been here.

      Or are we still at TechReport.com? ‘Cause in that case, you….blurrrgh!!! *suddenly and explosively sprays vomit everywhere*. No, I just don’t think this gig is right for you.

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      • Dragontamer5788
      • 1 month ago

      Who are you, Nunya Beeswax?

      I’ve been visiting this site for a few years, and you never commented before the website redesign. Give me a break you salty hermit. For someone who cares a lot about this “community”, you sure didn’t post a lot before the redesign.

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    • sonofsanta
    • 1 month ago

    “Set to arrive on September 20th, the Switch Lite costs $100 less than the regular switch. The Nintendo Switch Lite costs $199.99.”

    I understand SEO is important and all, but could you please write for readers first? This repetitive construction reads like a clickbait article, with none of the elegance and character I’ve always appreciated from TR, and that far more than the redesign makes me worry for the site 🙁

    (Also, while you’re ironing bugs out on the redesign, the tickbox for saving name etc. doesn’t seem to be working)

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      • Moose17145
      • 1 month ago

      This. Very much this… I am VERY quickly losing all hope for TR…

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      • fyo
      • 1 month ago

      Unlikely to be anything nefarious. More likely, Renee just accidently included both versions during a rewrite. This is not exactly a rare issue of you read various tech sites, even the better of them.

      So, yeah, let’s give her the benefit of the doubt, shall we? Sure, the writing style is different than what we’re used to here, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing in the long run. Other tech sites have gotten new writers with distinctive styles that have taken a bit of getting used to.

      Let’s just be happy we’re seeing new content on the Tech Report.

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    • CJ
    • 1 month ago

    I’m 99% sure this is the result of a die shrink(12nm?). Hopefully Nintendo will allow higher clocks in future firmware, like Sony did with the PSP all those years ago.

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      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 month ago

      A die shrink seems like a pretty reasonable bet. The Tegra X1 was built on TSMC’s 28-nm (?!) process just like all the desktop and notebook Maxwell parts, so you might say that this die shrink is overdue. It’d be great if the clocks got bumped a bit in docked mode. Some games just can’t keep up with 1080p all the time, and a little extra boost might just do the trick.

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        • Spunjji
        • 1 month ago

        Even worse – it was the dreaded 20nm process which, as far as I understand things, was a straight optical shrink from 28nm without the benefit of FinFET. The upshot is it provided higher density than 28nm with inferior leakage characteristics. The most notable chip produced on that node was the woebegotten Snapdragon 810.

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      • Sargent Duck
      • 1 month ago

      For a tech site, this certainly lacks any tech like the fact that this is rumored to be using Nvidia’s T214 chip as well as supporting LPDDR4x, which I believe offers some power savings.

      This reads like a generic post from my news feed.

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        • Dragontamer5788
        • 1 month ago

        “The fact that this is rumored to be using”?? Are you serious? And you have the audacity to complain about journalistic integrity?

        TechReport should NOT report on rumors. This isn’t wccftech or Semiaccurate. If it cannot be confirmed, then don’t print it. Frankly, I prefer the more conservative writing style and judgement used here. Link to another website, have that other website issue rumors. But don’t have TechReport itself publish unfounded rumors.

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          • redocbew
          • 1 month ago

          While I’m all for not dogpiling on the new girl(in a non-creepy sounding way) I’m not sure you can call the new Switch using the T214 a completely unfounded rumor. There’s references in firmware and public github repos which seem to confirm it. We just don’t know exactly what the T214 is yet or how it differs from the T210.

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            • Sargent_duck
            • 1 month ago

            Yeah, perhaps “rumor” was the wrong word. I always like to write myself a way out in case I’m wrong.

            • Dragontamer5788
            • 1 month ago

            Bug-report: I’m unable to reply to Sargent_duck.

            > I always like to write myself a way out in case I’m wrong.

            And Renee did the same. She linked a hyperlink that had the information, without necessarily stating an unconfirmed rumor on this site. Come on man, journalistic integrity is key here and I think I like her editorial preference.

            Or what? Would you rather have TR polluted with unconfirmed rumors that were reported on from other websites? A hyperlink is the CORRECT editorial move in this case.

            I know people are salty about the new web design. I agree, this new website sucks. But you’re talking about an editorial decision here. And as far as I can tell, Renee made the correct choice with the hyperlink. Give criticism where criticism is due. Don’t let your anger over the website design cloud your thoughts on the actual content of the articles.

            > redocbew
            > I’m not sure you can call the new Switch using the T214 a completely unfounded rumor. There’s references in firmware and public github repos which seem to confirm it.

            Nintendo has a public Github? Do you have a link to this information?

            No, what you have is NVIDIA Github commits: http://nv-tegra.nvidia.com/gitweb/?p=device/hardware/nvidia/soc/tegra.git;a=commitdiff;h=ab93579b5ddff21c30f96cb7fec7165adc7c66df

            The other link is a link to SwitchBrew, the homebrew / hacking community. Any such Github commits from them are unofficial.

            The author of the Eurogamer post is Richard Leadbetter, who seemed to have access to inside information. Unless THIS website can confirm the rumors, then they should NOT spread the rumor. At best, they should “report on the rumor” as was done here (ex: put a hyperlink up, as Renee has done).

          • redocbew
          • 1 month ago

          Grr… cannot edit posts…

          Console hardware isn’t something I typically follow, and I wouldn’t say this stuff was hard to find, but I understand why it didn’t make the post. If you don’t have the background that many of the gerbils do, then it’s often difficult to tell the apples from the oranges.

          …but backgrounds can change. 🙂

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          • Sargent_duck
          • 1 month ago

          I am not a journalist and have not done in-depth research to validate what I read from other sites. As a result, I prefaced my comment by clearly stating “rumor”.

          Agreed, TechReport should NOT report on rumors. However, they should do a little research and find out. I’ve known for days about the Switch Light. I came to TR for the details, of which there were none.

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            • Nunya Beeswax
            • 1 month ago

            You are, however, entirely correct in saying that it is a fact that it is being rumoured.

            • Dragontamer5788
            • 1 month ago

            Its still a rumor until someone has either next-gen Switch hardware, or has inside information.

            Richard Leadbetter of Eurotimes probably has inside information. And no, Nintendo does NOT have Github repos where we can figure this sort of stuff out from.

          • DancinJack
          • 1 month ago

          There have quite literally been posts on TR for YEARS that have the title “Rumor: xxxx is going to happen.”

          It’s like everyone completely forgot anything they didn’t like about “old” TR and only wants to criticize what is new. Give me a break.

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          • derFunkenstein
          • 1 month ago

          TR has been reporting on rumors for many moons. A quick search of the site for the word “rumor” will turn up hundreds of such posts.

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      • My $0.02, different writers are going to bring different styles, skill sets, and knowledge bases to the table. I expect that we’ll learn from each other given a bit of time.

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          • Nunya Beeswax
          • 1 month ago

          I also do not subscribe to the view that change is always bad or unwarranted and that ‘different’ always means ‘worse’.

          ‘Different’ can be good. But not like this This submarine-ad articlette is sh*t. Wall-to-wall feces. Renee does no do this site’s legacy and the readers’ expectations justice.

          And I want to be abundantly clear: It’s not about her as a person or that she’s associated with the new ownership, it’s about what she writes, how she writes, for whom she’s writing (albeit in the wrong place) and her lack of any sensitivity when forcibly penetrating an existing community without even showing the decency of introducing herself first.

          And I would write the exact same thing if it was ‘Rainier Johnson’.

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    • Dragontamer5788
    • 1 month ago

    Hey Renee. I know you got a lot of “who are you” in the previous topic, and other rude behavior. But people were concerned about the new webpage design and things were stressful.

    Web-issues aside… I do want you to feel welcome to the TR community. So… welcome aboard!

    With regards to the article itself: the “XKW” serial number is a good trick to document, and I’m glad that you pointed something like that out. I got a three nieces, and I’m sure their parents will want their children to have the “right” toy for Christmas this year. So your advice will be quite helpful to me.

    I look forward to more articles from you (and hopefully a personal introduction) in the future! I hope the rest of the community can warm up to you as we get used to your writing.

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