The recently announced Switch Lite was one of two consoles that have rumoured to be on the cards, the other being a slightly enhanced version of Switch, dubbed the Switch Pro by the internet.
However, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser has spoken to CNET and confirmed that Switch Lite will be the only new console Nintendo will be launching this year, so it looks like the Pro has been pushed out to 2020. That will put the Switch Pro up against the PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett, both of which will be much more powerful.
Bowser also said that the two Switch models “will complement each other and coexist in the market,” and revealed Nintendo are working on an easy way for you to transfer your accounts and games between systems. “Yes, you will have the ability to transfer between devices, your gameplay experiences. More to come on there, but that is the intention,” confirmed Bowser.
Although the Switch Lite is the new kid on the handheld block, Nintendo still think there is life in the 3DS. “We’ll continue to support our 3DS family of systems as long as there is demand,” he said.
Although the Switch Pro seems to have been shelved for the moment the Switch looks like it will be getting a slight upgrade. The Verge located filings with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which shows a new version of the Nvidia Tegra processor, and changing the memory to the NAND type.
The Nintendo Switch Lite standard edition launches on September 20th and the new device will retail at an RRP of $199.99, It has a proper D-pad but the screen size has been reduced to 5.5″ compared to the standard Switch.The Switch Lite can play all the games currently available for Switch that have a handheld mode, “although some games will have restrictions”, say Nintendo.