Nintendo Switch Lite hands-on: today’s Game Boy
Nintendo Switch Lite hands-on: today’s Game Boy

(upbeat music) – 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 test out 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-Con don’t attach. There is a proper directional pad instead of the separate buttons. Which is fantastic to play on. Another weird quirk on
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 USBC 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 just with 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. (fun music) 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 USBC. 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. 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-Con 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.

100 thoughts on “Nintendo Switch Lite hands-on: today’s Game Boy”

  1. The Verge says:

    How important is the TV mode to you?

  2. Volsavious 23 says:

    Does it have any rumble at all?

  3. Cleiton Lopes says:

    possible to have both Switches running all games and content ? I want my original docked and Lite on the go

  4. Harry Mason says:

    Why tf is the heaphones jack on the top

  5. Xl Co says:

    Have fun with it til it bricks JOY CON DRIFT….and buy a NEW ONE AND


  6. Benji 0399 says:

    Did you know that the newest coming Xbox CONTROLLER is the same price as the switch lite.

  7. Rodrigo Moralles says:

    In few years it will be the emulators community dream hardware.

  8. Tyrese Billy says:

    Is anyone else excited about the nintendo switch lite only three weeks to go until it officially releases.

  9. DANCLANBOI says:

    the design looks really nice they really are doing great

  10. Ed Boy says:

    Reminds me a lot of the PS Vita

  11. RagaZ says:

    Ps vita anyone?

  12. Dan says:

    I want a switch console only option. No portability. Just hook up to the tv like an Xbox or Playstation.

  13. Sr.Splittington says:

    We want Bluetooth! And more multimedia apps would be nice, why no browsers, Netflix or Amazon prime. The switch didn't even release with YouTube available from day 1. Come on Nintendo, I'm still on the rails about your products

  14. 松井Matsui says:

    For home gaming, i have my PS pro and i will get the Light version of the Switch for the go! 😎💪🏽

  15. SpeakersIsGod says:

    Could have picked a better spot to film. Really noisy and unprofessional.

  16. Black Lotus says:

    I only use it in portable mode. The switch is a beast when portable but not really impressive as a console.

  17. si hiu says:

    3:51 what happen with his head

  18. 111 111 says:

    you know those old videos that would predict future consoles with loud rock music in the background?
    yeah turns out some of those prediction were right
    *cough cough*
    *P S 5 A N D S W I T C H L I T E *

  19. Sho says:

    Why did they put the charging port on the bottom again, I understand they kind of had to do that with the original since the port doubled as a dock connector but here there's just no excuse. It makes playing and charging awfully awkward. On PSP it was at least off to the side and not right in the middle, not to mention the L shaped connector which made it much more comfortable than what Nintendo keeps doing with this setup.

  20. Rodolink M says:

    nobody mentions how the other buttons feel, just mention th eobvious (dpad, small screen blabla) how do the other buttons feel? are they clicky like a joycon or mushy like th ePro controller?

  21. Ramzi Dawood says:

    If you think about, Nintendo made a portable console portable. 10/10 logic.

  22. H.I.K.W.Y.A. says:

    3:25 "im in im in the matrix stfu"

  23. Callum Balodis says:

    Can’t wait to get the Yellow one with Zelda on the 20th 🙂 love the Switch.

  24. Greg Coleman says:

    If you own a Switch why would you buy this. The Switch is already portable soooooo……

  25. Monsi - Gaming says:

    It looks so awesome! But it would make no sense for me to buy this one, because I already have the original Switch. I would rather have a Switch Pro!

  26. Kxnziiee says:

    Might be a stupid question and I have not watched the whole video yet but are the games for this console normal nintendo switch games?

  27. Lila P says:

    Does anyone know if I'll be able to play Pokemon on it?

  28. Dark Void says:

    Also, if the joycons drift, it's worthless

  29. Dr.Pepper says:

    No one is gonna but this waste of money

  30. Six1Eye says:

    For a Nintendo switch handheld am amazed they kept the name switch on the title it does not switch like the OG one so is not a switch is just a nintendo handheld lite or unless they later on they add a adapter for tv mode for the lite then is a switch lol.

  31. Denn says:

    It's not really a "switch" because you can't switch 👀

  32. Peace Peace says:

    They call the lite a switch except… wait… oh no almost forgot it doesn’t switch Hahahaha what a joke

  33. LockOn DNA says:

    i wonder, can we use elgato to switch lite?

  34. ExtraSalt says:

    Basically a fully realized PS Vita with actual exclusives and 3rd party support.

  35. Thomas Tran says:

    Updated psp?

  36. Franky says:

    Interesting they made yellow

  37. Tiky Tech says:

    I like it..

  38. John Stammers says:

    Lite-Switch. 💡

  39. John Stammers says:

    I have a regular Switch. Bought it at launch and I've used it in dock mode twice. It sits there charging all the time until I grab it and stuff it in my bag, so I'm having the internal debate on getting this and boxing up my regular Switch.

    ..then again, Pokémon on the big screen might be nice. 🤔

  40. Kenton Carty says:

    They shoulda just gone for "Lite Switch".

  41. zuldo says:

    Wow, Nintendo switch without split screen multiplayer on the TV. Love it.

  42. Mystic Soul says:

    Today's Wii U mini thanks to the ports 😎

  43. Gaming Hut says:

    I wanna see negative reviews to make a better choice

  44. LGF KubaSwitch says:

    Today’s Nintendo SwitchBoy

  45. mermaidmelodyfan4 says:

    And they still put the charging port on the bottom 😫

  46. matzer1110 says:

    Is it worth getting this even tho i have a switch

  47. Dingus says:

    lets hope these dont get drift after 2 months of play.

  48. JUST MAOR says:

    חיים זה אתה יאח?

  49. James Wayne says:

    Am I the only one that plays switch docked often? I’m surprised by how many people play only handheld. I definitely do both but play docked more overall.

  50. SELG88 says:

    the hipsters-tech channel

  51. Mairead Hudson says:

    So when it needs charging can you just use a normal USB wire or does it come with a wire?

  52. woullerwhat says:


  53. Beanie Poopie says:

    Please help: I have the original switch not even the updated one and I only play and handheld ugh I just bought the original too idk what to do

  54. GX Drone1103 says:

    Can we play let go pickachu in Nintendo switch lite

  55. Stariceie E says:

    Every one will get bullied for owning a switch lite

  56. Stariceie E says:

    I’ve got an Xbox so I’m still debating whether to get switch lite or switch. Please someone help me

  57. Mads Førgaard Poulsen says:

    Light switch

  58. Nutella Ella says:

    As we know ns stands for Nintendon't Switch rather than Nintendo switch

  59. Mystixc says:

    Can you use wireless controllers and play fortnite?

  60. Lebendiges Gespenst says:

    This is less like the Gameboy to the concept of the a console but more like the 2DS to the 3DS imo. Still looks nice tho ig, if the price is much lower this is probably going to be a good move to get switches into more people’s homes

  61. joe the noob says:

    I just got the switch in the red box.. should I stay with this one? Or get the lite? I'm only going to play handheld mode by the way..

  62. Don Wilson says:

    Today's Gameboy with games double the cost, yay…

  63. grunchi de trap says:

    0:08 "but this isn't a Nintendo Switch"
    0:14 "it's a Switch…"

    Great writing here guys

  64. Drew says:

    Nintendo could not even release this and they'd still be absolutely killing it. The Switch is by far the best console of this generation, and I have them all. =)

  65. Drew says:

    Wait, did you say "guy-ro-scope"? It's clearly pronounced "euro-scope".

  66. BigSmokeVEVO says:

    I'll wait til the price drops to 100$ and buy it then.

  67. Great White says:

    The most amazing thing about the switch lite is actually the fact that something so small…. Can play witcher 3.

  68. Martinez says:

    Now wait for aftermarket docks

  69. John Tziannis says:

    Too bad it doesn't have the 3d feature the 3ds had.

  70. Vinny Bruce says:

    I'm deftly gonna get it

  71. Gaming Ikonik says:

    Can it run fortnite

  72. Nicole Durham says:

    Isn't this basically like a Nintendo ds?

  73. Jack Son says:

    A home console that's a handheld, but not a handheld, because it's a home console that goes with you, and now a handheld that's not a handheld, because it's a home console, just not able to play on a television. Nintendo's so screwy this generation!

  74. Elcb Elcb says:

    better i buy china phones rather than i buy this Nintendo

  75. Wolfkek says:

    you don't deserve any of the subscribers you have. well maybe the ironic ones.

  76. Daniel Vladic says:

    It isn't only the fact that you cannot play on TV mode with the Lite version, is the fact that you cannot detach and share one joy-con with a friend on table top mode!

  77. Uvuvwevwevwe Onyetenyevwe Ugwemubwem Ossas says:

    Sorry but no. The main reason i bought a Switch was to play with my friend in school by removing the joy-cons. You can't do that with a Switch lite

  78. Blake Swan says:

    Its not a Switch if it doesnt connect to the TV. Then there is the ridiculous $200 price tag

  79. Rosemary Dickerson says:

    its a turquoise color but oh yes i have mine ready and waiting for pick up

  80. Julian says:

    You should talk about the Google Stadia and how it might pass this

  81. Holly says:

    why say $199 when it's really $200… why round down .99 ?
    it's not a relevant difference, but why make the extra step of going with this marketing scheme and vocalizing the longer and less correct price of 199 instead of just simply saying 200?

  82. Muffin Mayhem says:

    Wait. So if it has a type-c, can't you get a usb type c to hdmi adapter and play on the tv????

  83. Joseph says:

    This thing is too big,…and that color makes it look like a 2 year old's toy! I think I'll just stick with my old Gameboy Micro 🙂

  84. Adam Witczak says:

    Do you have to have the main switch console to play games? Where do the games store when you play them on this?

  85. Shrivesh Singh says:

    So.. A psp?

  86. David Hulse says:

    Bait and Switch LOL!

  87. Fランウジ says:


  88. Forest link says:

    I love the color and design but I already own a switch with digital games on it. Like 20-30gb size…

  89. Ravenclaw Gaming says:

    I just got it today for my tenth birthday! Soo much fun. Highly reccomend!

  90. First Last says:

    PSP vibes

  91. lito Zzz says:

    Worth 200 bills

  92. David Leyte says:

    This is posible a get free games

  93. Jesse LenzRokobauer says:

    which color should i get? i'm watching vid after vid and can't decide between grey and yellow. i want one real bad.

  94. Half Alligator says:

    These will be great for me when the Switch is almost dead and a new Nintendo console is coming out. I can have this to keep the old games alive!

  95. Andrew Loizou says:

    Where can you get it for $200

  96. Ash The Duke says:

    Why only three colors

  97. Foreign abroad says:

    the biggest fear i have with the switch lite, is what happens if the joysticks get damaged ?

  98. Luu says:

    I’m thinking of getting yellow one 2 more weeks of allowance

  99. Deion Greenaway says:

    That was i try to do

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