Over the past few months, we've heard of reports saying that Nintendo is working on upgrading its Switch console, including a handheld gaming device that would turn out to be the Switch Lite. But the company isn't done yet, apparently, because now it sure looks like the standard Switch is getting an update, albeit minor. There will be changes to its internal components though we're not sure what the impact this will have for the console.
The Verge reports that Nintendo has filed a Clas II Permission Change request with the FCC to make changes to the original Switch console. The filing indicates that the company will replace the CPU board, NAND memory tape, and the console's system-on-chip.
There were no more specifics indicated in the filing other than those, so it's pretty hard to tell for now what the effect of these changes will be on the performance of the console. What we do know is that there are no changes to the model number, so we're thinking maybe minor upgrades to the game system, which isn't really new for companies like Nintendo.
As we mentioned, there is a new version of the Nintendo Switch, which the company calls the Switch Lite. It's also more affordable and a bit smaller, and intended for handheld use.
Launching this September, the Switch Lite doesn't feature detachable Joy-Con controllers and can't be docked and played on a television. You won't find an IR sensor, HD rumble, and kickstand with the device, but there's still support for Amiibi figures and has a better battery life than the standard Switch. Another advantage it has over the standard Switch is a proper D-pad.
Expect the Switch Lite on Sept. 20, which also is the release date for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remake. At launch, you can choose from among three colors: grey, turquoise, and yellow. In November, a special edition Pokemon model will be released ahead of Pokemon Sword and Shield. You can buy the handheld device for $200 USD.
If you're expecting a more powerful version of the Switch, it could happen under the hood, but in terms of hardware, Nintendo said it's sticking with the Lite this year and nothing more. The original console, after all, runs on Nvidia's now slightly dated Tegra X1 processor.
More details about the standard Switch update will be announced soon. As for the Switch Lite, pre-orders have already started.