Nintendo Switch Gets Refresh After Switch Lite Announcement
We’re just a handful of days removed from Nintendo’s big reveal that they’ll launch a handheld-only version of the Switch portable gaming console—the Switch Lite—later this year. But that apparently wasn’t the end of Switch-related announcements out of the Nintendo camp. According to multiple reports on Wednesday morning, the Japanese gaming giant plans to refresh the original Switch model, most notably with better battery performance.
The new model, officially known as HAC-001(-01), doesn’t really add any significant features other than the improved battery life. Specifically, Nintendo updated its estimates of usage to between 4.5 and 9 hours per charge, which is up from an estimated battery life of between 2.5 and 6.5 hours for the current system. The wide range comes into effect based on the game the user is playing and how much processing power it requires. The standard set by Nintendo as a sort of “base average” is for those users playing the company’s Zelda: Breath of the Wild title. The current system had an estimated battery life of 3 hours when playing the game, while the updated system will see that number jump to 5.5 hours.
According to a report from The Verge, Nintendo likely achieved its improved battery life thanks to a new system-on-chip inside the product as well as updated memory.
When the Nintendo Switch Lite launches on September 20, it will carry a $199 price tag. The updated Nintendo Switch, which should start to hit retail locations in the coming weeks, will have its same $299 price.