It's official: Nintendo has announced that a new, dedicated handheld version of its most recent console will be released later this year in the Nintendo Switch Lite.
Coming in at slightly smaller than its regular counterpart, the new console will be slightly smaller – with a 5.5 inch screen as opposed to the original console's 6.2 inch one – and have a slightly improved processor. However as a dedicated handheld, it won't attach to your TV and the controls are firmly attached to the screen while the directional buttons on the left have been replaced with a dedicated D-pad.
However, this also means that there's no HD rumble or IR Motion camera, meaning some specific games will require the purchase of separate Joycons to play (don't worry, you will be able to use any you already own.). It's also worth noting that the Nintendo Switch Lite is not compatible with Nintendo's cardboard construction kits, Nintendo Labo.
It's set to cost a little cheaper, with a $199 price point announced for the US (at the time of writing, a UK price has yet to be confirmed) and will come in Yellow, Grey and Turquoise colours. A Pokemon Sword and Shield design special edition version has also been announced for November, which, interestingly enough does not appear to come with the game.
President of Nintendo Doug Bowser has also spoken to CNET to confirm that some way to transfer data between devices is in the works, saying 'Yes, you will have the ability to transfer between devices, your gameplay experiences. More to come on there, but that is the intention.'
The Nintendo Switch Lite will be available from September 20 and there's further information on Nintendo's website.