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Switch hardware revision due out mid-August 2019, includes improved battery life

Battery battery life on the way

Nintendo has updated their Switch hardware comparison page to showcase the differences between Switch and Switch Lite, but now we also see that the regular Switch is getting a revision as well. This version, featuring model number HAC-001, is going to give a sizable boost to the Switch's battery life. The current Switch's battery lasts approximately 2.5 to 6.5 hours, while the revision will get you approximately 4.5 - 9 hours. Of course, it all depends on what game you're playing.

This Switch revision is due out in Japan, Asia and North America sometime in mid-August 2019. Europe will get the hardware in Sept. 2019.

Over in Japan, the Switch box will also be updated to reflect the hardware change. We're not sure if that will be the case in NA/EU/Asia.

Thanks to Kolma for the heads up!

Categories: Top Stories, Consoles
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hawk
Wed Jul 17 19 02:50pm
Rating: 2

I'd be really bummed to be stuck with the original low-battery version if it wasn't for the fact that 95% of my Switch gaming happens in the dock.

This is a nice improvement. Personally even though I play almost exclusively in handheld, I’ve never had a problem with the battery life of the Switch. Probably because I just don’t play for lengthy sessions at a time.

I'll definitely buy it. Had my Switch since day one am ready to buy another one. Will get a Switch Lite if you can easily use both without some system transfer bullshit.

You can log in and download your games on any switch, then use cloud saves to swap between.

ridleysaria
Wed Jul 17 19 03:16pm
Rating: 1

Except for the games that don't support cloud saves. Splatoon 2, Luigi's Mansion 3, Animal Crossing, Pokemon.... you know, those little games.

Why the heck would LM3 not support cloud saves?
The others have sorta legitimate reasons but not that one!

First I've heard of Luigi's Mansion being excluded.

Luigi's mansion supports cloud save.

ridleysaria
Wed Jul 17 19 06:28pm
(Updated 1 time)

I’ve heard otherwise but I very well could be misinformed.

edit: Actually, looks like it’s widely being reported that this might be the case. There’s even been a post on GoNintendo. Could be a mistake but right now all signs point to LM3 having no cloud saves. https://gonintendo.com/stories/337582-luigi-s-mansion-3-s-eshop-listing-says-cloud-saves-are-not-suppor

the shoemaker
Wed Jul 17 19 07:00pm
(Updated 2 times)

Well the current eshop listing in NA says it supports cloud saves.

Well I hope you’re right. The cloud save situation is stupid enough to begin with - it makes no sense for a game like LM3 to be blocked out too. But at this point nothing would surprise me.

You can't change the battery on the original Switch, so I'd say there's no chance of changing it on the revision. Haven't heard anyone talk about the Switch Lite, but from looking at the back, that's a no as well. It means, particularly for the Lite, it has a built-in expiration date.

You can absolutely change the battery on the Switch, I'm sure it's not hard to take apart the Lite either.

So is battery life the only change here?

Yeah it appears it has a new version of the Tegra inside, which draws less power, which means it puts a lot less strain on the battery in handheld mode.

Kinda. It’s using an “updated” CPU/GPU chipset that isn’t more powerful, just more power efficient. It might actually be the same chipset used in the Lite. They might have been able to increase the physical size of the battery as well as its power capacity but not sure about that.

HAC-001 is the current Switch. This improved model is HAC-001(-01).

I'm surprised they didn't use the ###-101 number that they normally use for minor revisions.

Had they made it so that you could replace the battery easily, this revision didn't need to exist.

Not exactly. This new model is using a newer, more efficient, CPU/GPU chipset so it draws less power to do the same amount of work thus extending the battery life.

Having replaceable batteries wouldn’t make that happen unless you could replace it with a battery of the same physical size but more capacity but that’s not always possible.

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