Nintendo Switch Lite: Cheaper and more portable handheld gaming console will be released in September

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Refresh of popular Nintendo Switch will not have detachable Joy-Con controllers and cannot output games to a TV

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Nintendo will launch a version of its popular Switch console dedicated to players who really prefer gaming on the go.

The Nintendo Switch Lite will launch on September 20 for HK$1,490 the company revealed on Wednesday. It will be available in three colours: yellow, gray and turquoise.

Because Nintendo is emphasising Switch Lite as more of a straightforward handheld gaming experience, it will drop key features of the standard Switch including a video output to play on a TV, and detachable controllers.

All games supporting handheld mode will be compatible with Switch Lite, Nintendo says. Titles offering a tabletop mode will require separate, detached Joy-Con controllers to play.

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The Switch Lite is smaller than the flagship Switch model and weighs 275grams compared to 398grams for its older sibling. It also supposedly boasts roughly 20-30per cent more battery life.

Last fiscal year, Nintendo sold about 17 million Switch consoles, bringing lifetime sales of the device over its two years above 34 million.