Smaller Nintendo Switch launching this fall, report says

Last month it was rumored that Nintendo was set to launch a cheaper Switch, now we know how that's going to be achieved: the new Switch is expected to be smaller.

As The Verge reports, a report coming out of Japan suggests that Nintendo is preparing to launch a new version of the Switch in the fall. The key difference for this new model is its size as Nintendo has decided a smaller, more portable version of the Switch would sell well. It's hard to argue against that.

The existing Switch, although portable, is quite a large unit due to the 6.2-inch display and Joy-Con controllers attached to either side. It's certainly not as easy to carry around as the many variants of the 3DS, but that hasn't stopped people trying and a number of accessories and cases have appeared to support the hybrid machine on-the-go.

So how small could this new Switch be? The one limiting factor to consider is the Joy-Con controllers as it would be difficult to make them any smaller and remain usable. Even so, if Nintendo can reduce down to a display in the 4-to-5-inch range then the Switch certainly becomes more portable. If they can achieve that while also improving battery life, then this could become the preferred Switch model going forward.

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One thing to note about this rumored new Switch is the fact it will retain the ability to connect to your TV, which means it will still have a dock of some form. Hopefully, it's a better dock than the existing Switch has. We also can't forget a higher-performance Switch is also expected at some point in the future, we just don't know when.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.