Nintendo  In March 2017, when Nintendo announced the first version of the Switch (which was in the white box), it also unveiled the release date for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild . People were skeptical. A portable game device that can handle the graphics of a home console? Absolutely! And it was a hit.
Since then, various console titles such as
The Witcher Super Mario Party and Skyrim have been released on Nintendo Switch, and they all play flawlessly. The biggest problem was the short battery life.
Version 2 of the Nintendo Switch (known for its red box) is not a new console such as the Nintendo Switch Lite (or the rumors Nintendo Switch Pro). It is rather an updated model. According to Nintendo, this newer Switch has a battery life of approximately two extra hours. This puts the estimated use between 4.5 and 9 o'clock. The older Switch has an estimated battery life of 2.5 to 6.5 hours.
The new model costs $ 100 more than the Lite, but it has a larger screen and a docking station for your TV. Thanks to the flexibility of the console, you can play with the detachable Joy-Con controllers from your armchair or in handheld mode.
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The box is the easiest way to see the difference between the older and newer models. Again, the new, updated Switch comes in a bright red box (as shown above), and the older version came in a white and red box.
So what if you buy a Switch second hand and do not have access to the original packaging? In that case, turn the system over and check the model number (it is in a small, white print). Compare it with the model numbers below:
Old switch: HAC-001; Serial number starts with "XA"
New switch: HAC-001-01; Serial number starts with "XK"
Nintendo & # 39; s Switch source page also has a photo guide that thoroughly explains how to recognize the difference and ensure that you get the best deal. In short, if you get a switch, get it in the red box – it costs nothing more than the older version.
And if you're still not convinced, Nintendo is giving an absolutely cute Limited Edition Edition with
Animal Crossing . Don't worry – it's still the new model, it's just a different color.
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Or the Nintendo Switch Lite is purchased depends strongly on personal preference. Do you want a slightly larger machine that can do everything? Or are you constantly on the move and prefer something small that the job is still right? If you are the latter, the Switch Lite is your best choice.
The standard Nintendo Switch has a number of nice sweet benefits: it is portable, has a built-in standard, you can dock it and play it on your TV, and the Joy-Con controllers are removable. So why pay $ 100 less for its "weaker" counterpart?
Well, the Switch Lite makes what it lacks in versatility with its truly portable format. It is smaller and at least 4.3 grams lighter than the larger version. In addition, the non-detachable Joy-Con controllers make it easier to travel with.
However, before you press the purchase button, there are some disadvantages to the Lite model. With the update of the Switch console, the Lite can no longer claim the better battery life. It offers seven hours, while the larger model offers nine. It also has a slightly smaller, lower-quality LCD screen.
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In addition, you can only play games on the Lite that are marked as supported in handheld mode . The Nintendo product page has a pretty good guide to help you figure this out, but it's an important factor in deciding which games to buy for your Switch Lite. Popular movement titles, such as
Ring Fit Adventure and Super Mario Party, will not work on Switch Lite due to this limitation.
The Lite, however, has a bunch of color options, and more bundles than the larger model. Instead of just gray or red / blue Joy-Cons, the Lite is available in turquoise, gray and yellow.
A quick comparison
Cost: $ 299.99
LCD: 6.2 inch  32 GB built-in storage (with microSD extension)
4 inch high, 9 , 4 inches long, 0.55 inches deep (with Joy-Con attached)
About 0.88 pounds (with Joy-Con attached)
approx. Battery life of 4.5 to 9 hours
One set of Joy-Cons included
Joy-Con controllers include HD Rumble and IR Motion Camera
Contains a Nintendo Switch dock and HDMI cable
Nintendo Switch Lite  Cost: $ 199.99
LCD: 5.5 inch
32 GB built-in storage (with microSD extension)
3.6 inch high, 8.2 inch long, 0.55 inch deep
About 0.61 pounds
About Battery life of 3 to 7 hours
One pair of Joy-Con controllers included (not detachable)
System does not include HD Rumble or IR Motion Camera
Compatible with handheld mode only
Not compatible with Nintendo Switch dock; does not support TV output
Both consoles have a fantastic battery life, but it really comes down to personal preference and lifestyle.
If you are looking for something for a better itinerary, and you don't mind the limitations, the Switch Lite might be the better option. However, it wouldn't hurt to pay $ 100 more for the improved Switch model.