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  • Hey, it's Chaim with The Verge and you're probably pretty familiar with the Nintendo Switch.

  • But this isn't a Nintendo Switch.

  • This is a Nintendo Switch Lite, which as the name suggests is a Switch, but smaller.

  • This is our first chance to really try up the Switch Lite for ourselves.

  • And it's a portable version of the Switch.

  • It's sort of like a Game Boy to the Switch's console almost.

  • You see the Joy-Cons don't attach.

  • There is a proper directional pad instead of the separate buttons which is fantastic to play on.

  • Another weird quirk of the Switch Lite is there's no auto-brightness censor.

  • You notice that it's just, there's no censor on the front.

  • So you can manually adjust brightness.

  • But you can't have it automatically do that just based on ambient light in the room.

  • Over here on top, you have the power and volume, Headphone jack, game card slot.

  • Over here on the bottom, we have USB-C for charging, speakers.

  • And over here, there's a micro SD card slot.

  • Because there's no kickstand either.

  • Because again, the kickstand is for table top mode when you're playing with Joy-Con attached.

  • And this can't do that.

  • And one thing I want to also point out is just how nice the plastic is on here.

  • Nintendo's done a really great job with just physical materials.

  • It's really great to hold.

  • It's this nice matte, tactile plastic.

  • It feels actually very similar to the plastic on the Joy-Con controllers.

  • It's even lighter than the Switch is, and the Switch was already pretty light.

  • And it's just really enjoyable to play on.

  • Battery life on the Switch Lite is important.

  • Because unlike the full-size Switch, you're only gonna be using this portable which means it needs to last a while.

  • Fortunately, Nintendo says the battery life should be good.

  • They're promising that it'll be better than the old full-size Switch, although the updated version of the big Switch is still gonna have the best battery life.

  • As for the rest, it still charges by a USB-C.

  • It still works with all your favorite games.

  • It has a gyroscope so any of the motion sensing stuff will still work like aiming in Zelda or Splatoon.

  • If you own a full-size Switch and you wanna switch to a Switch Lite, you can actually transfer all your stuff over.

  • And you're actually able to hook up additional wireless controllers like Joy-Con or Pro Controller if you wanna play games with more people locally on the Switch.

  • But, again, you can't hook it up to a TV.

  • The other two big changes on the Switch Lite are the screen and the D-Pad.

  • The screen is obviously slightly smaller than the old Switch, although, it still looks great.

  • It actually has this sort of compressed effect, kind of like what Nintendo did back with the Game Boy Micro.

  • It's still running at the same resolution but because it's a smaller display is actually looks slightly crisper than the old Switch.

  • The other change is the D-Pad.

  • Again, because the Joy-Cons aren't attachable, and you don't need to be able to use them as a sideways controller.

  • There is a regular directional pad on here which I greatly prefer.

  • And deeply wish I had when I was playing Celeste last year.

  • The Switch Lite really isn't meant to replace the full-size Switch.

  • If you're someone who really likes the switching nature of the Switch where you can use it on your TV or take it on the go, well, that's great.

  • It's still here and it still exists.

  • But if you're someone who just wants a really good portable console...

  • And Nintendo's betting that there are people like that.

  • The Switch Lite is great for that.

  • And as someone who's owned a full-size Switch for the last couple years, I honestly do use mine in portable mode most of the time anyway.

  • So I kinda get the appeal.

  • The Switch Lite will be out on September 20th for $199, which is $100 less than the full-size Switch.

  • And it'll be out in three colors, this blue, there's a yellow and a dark gray.

  • Thanks so much for watching.

  • For more great videos like this make sure to check out The Verge.

  • Like and subscribe, and now I'm gonna go back to playing Zelda.

Hey, it's Chaim with The Verge and you're probably pretty familiar with the Nintendo Switch.

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