Nintendo Announces New Switch

Nintendo has announced that they’ll be releasing a new version of their Switch console.This is not to be confused with the recently announced Switch Lite that was presented last week. This new Switch console will have the same features as the original Nintendo Switch, containing all the accessories such as the home dock and detachable joy cons.

The original Switch that was released in March 2017 provides between two-and-a-half hours to six-and-a-half hours of battery life. The upcoming enhanced Switch will provide between four-and-a-half hours to nine hours of battery life. The Switch Lite that was recently showcased will provide battery life ranging from three hours to seven hours. Now, this all depends on what game is being played on the Switch. Games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a more graphical type game that demands more power and battery life … and would drain the whole battery to get around three hours of gameplay on the original Switch and would last approximately five-and-a-half hours. Less demanding graphical games such as Graveyard Keeper would provide longer gameplay.

The new Nintendo Switch with better battery life will be coming out in a few weeks in August. To confirm you are purchasing the latest Switch version with the stronger battery life, the newer Switch hardware units will have a model number of HAC-001(01) and serial numbers starting with XKW.

The Nintendo Switch Lite was announced June 12th will be released in September 2019. The only caveat to the Switch Lite is that it’s mainly for handheld as there’s no ability to connect to the home dock to play on the bigger screen tv. The Switch Lite also does not have the ability to detach the joy con controllers from the device.

So … which device would you rather pick up? Or will you pass on both of these? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned to GamingLyfe for more gaming news!

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