A week ago, Nintendo officially announced Nintendo Switch Lite, which will go on sale in September this year. Today, the Japanese giant has confirmed that the standard Switch model will be upgraded as well. The new version of the device will be released at the same time as its smaller brother and will have a more efficient battery by at least several dozen percent. visually, the refreshed console will not differ from the original. It will also remain at the same price, gradually replacing its predecessor in stores. However, it is not known whether it will be marked in a special way or whether it will have a new packaging. In the worst case scenario, consumers will be forced to look for it using serial numbers.
The manufacturer ensures that the new battery will last from 4.5 to 9 hours of uninterrupted fun. Specific time depends of course on the game we choose and the brightness settings of the screen. A single session with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a maximum duration of just over 5 hours with a fully charged battery. For comparison, the standard Switch on one charge worked only for about 6 hours. In case of the most demanding production (such as Breath of the Wild) this time shrank to just 2 hours. Interestingly, the refreshed Switch also beats the Lite version, which was theoretically created for portable play. The device announced last week offers a maximum working time of 3-7 hours.
Although Nintendo did not say so in the press release, the new version of Switch will probably have some modified components, including a refreshed motherboard with Nvidia Tegra X1 chip. The intention to introduce changes to the console architecture was officially informed by the manufacturer to the American Federal Communications Commission some time ago. The modifications explain the noticeable decrease in the energy consumption of the device. When it comes to gaming performance, we should not expect any significant changes, but possible differences can be noticed in independent tests of websites, such as Digital Foundry. Let's recall that for many months now rumors about Nintendo Switch Pro have been circulating on the web, but they turned out to be the result of over-interpretation of information presented by Wall Street Journal journalists and rumors coming from component manufacturers. Contrary to the hopes of fans, the new version of Switch announced today was most certainly the original source of speculation and confusion.
It is worth noting that the Japanese announced today two new color variants of Joy-Cons (orange-violet and blue-seledin), which will be available from October separately in the price of already available versions of controllers.
- Nintendo official website