More choice is better, the saying goes, but it doesn’t necessarily make things easier. That’s never been truer in the handheld gaming world now that Nintendo offers two versions of its insanely popular Switch.
There’s now the regular Nintendo Switch and the new Nintendo Switch Lite. So, just how do the two compare? Let’s dive in…
Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo Switch Lite
|Nintendo Switch||Nintendo Switch Lite|
|Modes: Connects To TV; Can Also Be Used For Handheld Gaming||Modes: Does NOT Connect To TV; Designed Solely For Handheld Gaming|
|Games: Supports ALL Nintendo Switch Games||Games: Only Supports Switch Games Designed For Handheld Devices|
|Joy-Con Controllers: Included||Joy-Con Controllers: Not Included|
|Battery Life: 2.5 to 6.5 hours or 4.5 to 9 hours||Battery Life: 3 to 7 hours|
|Display: 6.2-inch touch screen||Display: 5.5-inch touch screen|
|Price: Amazon ($299.99)||Price: Amazon ($199.99)|
- Nintendo Switch – The handheld gaming device features detachable Joy-Con controllers, and can be used in handheld or tabletop mode–or be docked with a TV.
- Nintendo Switch Lite – The Nintendo Switch Lite, however, can only be used in handheld mode. It does not offer detachable controllers and is not dock-compatible.
Winner? Nintendo Switch – It offers more versatility thanks to its docking capabilities and detachable Joy-Cons.
- Nintendo Switch – The Nintendo Switch sports a 6.2-inch touchscreen.
- Nintendo Switch Lite – The Nintendo Switch Lite sports a 5.5-inch touchscreen.
Winner? Nintendo Switch – A bigger screen is better, baby.
- Nintendo Switch – The Nintendo Switch supports the entire library of Nintendo Switch titles, no matter what modes the gameplay offers.
- Nintendo Switch Lite – The Nintendo Switch Lite only supports Switch games that offer handheld mode. It does not work with Switch games that require TV or tabletop modes.
Winner? Nintendo Switch – No matter what Switch game you buy, it’ll work best on the Switch
- Nintendo Switch – The Nintendo Switch has two different battery life possibilities, depending on which model you own. Those possibilities are 2.5 to 6.5 hours or 4.5 to 9 hours (depending on model).
- Nintendo Switch Lite – The Nintendo Switch Lite will get you 3 to 7 hours of gameplay.
Winner? Draw – It depends on which of the regular Nintendo Switch you have. The Lite has longer battery life than the first model Switch, but the second model regular Switch candidly beats the Lite.
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In almost every area, the Nintendo Switch beats the Nintendo Switch Lite. The Switch is just a much better choice given its support for three modes of gameplay, detachable Joy-Cons, and a bigger display.
Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo Switch Lite: Specs
Here are the specs for the Nintendo Switch:
- Display: 6.2-inch touch screen
- Weight: 0.88 lbs
- Dimensions: 4” high, 9.4” long, .55” deep (with Joy-Con attached)
- Battery Life: 2.5 to 6.5 hours or 4.5 to 9 hours (depending on model)
- Games: Supports all Nintendo Switch library titles
- Nintendo Switch Dock: Included
- Joy-Con Controllers: Included
- Play Modes: TV mode, Tabletop mode, Handheld mode
- Cost: $299.99
And here are the specs for the Nintendo Switch Lite:
- Display: 5.5-inch touch screen
- Weight: 0.61 lbs
- Dimensions: 3.6” high, 8.2” long, .55” deep
- Battery Life: 3 to 7 hours
- Games: Supports all Nintendo Switch library Handheld titles only
- Nintendo Switch Dock: Not compatible
- Joy-Con Controllers: Not included
- Play Modes: Handheld mode only
- Cost: $199.99
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