SOME Nintendo Switch models now have doubled battery life, but you’ll have to look for clues on the box before you buy it.
The “quiet” upgrade means that some older versions of the Switch will still be on sale.
This isn’t a Nintendo Switch 2: instead, the portable console has been upgraded with a more efficient processor.
As a result, the newer Switch lasts between 4.5 and 9 hours.
That’s compared to the original Switch, which only lasts between 2.5 and 6.5 hours.
The only way to make sure you’re getting the newer model is to look out for subtle clues on the outside of the box.
One big clue is that the new Switch box has a red background, rather than white.
The Joy-Con controllers have also switched sides, and are now on the right side of the box.
The old box had a big hand placing the Switch into its dock, but that’s now gone.
And the red Joy-Con controller is now sticking up out of its holding unit.
Another major clue is the serial number on the bottom of the box – the newer model should start with the letters XKW.
The obvious problem here is that it’s much trickier to perform these checks if you’re buying online.
So making a digital purchase could result in you getting the older model.
A more fail-safe way to get the new model is to simply walk into your local game shop.
Of course, the original Nintendo Switch is still a perfectly fine console, and battery life won’t make a difference if it’s plugged into your telly.
But if you plan to regularly use the Switch while out and about, it might be worth grabbing the improved Switch – given that it’s the exact same price.
Nintendo Switch vs Switch Lite – what's the difference?
Here's what you need to know…
- The Nintendo Switch Lite doesn’t plug into your television – it’s handheld-only
- Its Joy-Con controls aren’t detachable, and are built into the handset’s body
- There’s no TV docking station, so you’ll charge your device using a cable
- Some games will have restrictions, due to the console being handheld-only
- There are three new colours: yellow, grey and turquoise
- The Switch Lite is $100 cheaper than the Switch proper
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