Remember the upgraded version of the Nintendo Switch that we wrote about sometime ago? The one that’s pretty much the same as the Switch you might already own, except the new Switch offers better battery life than the original 2016 model?
Well, it’s already available in the Philippines through retailer DataBlitz. Locally, the 2019 Nintendo Switch is priced at P16,995 (around $329) for the Grey and Red/Blue color variants.
The standard retail package, as usual, includes the Nintendo gaming console, a Switch dock, and two Joy-Con controllers. Unlike the cheaper, more compact Nintendo Switch Lite, which has yet to hit stores, the new and improved unit retains all the features and functionality of earlier models. It can run the same games at identical frame rates and resolutions.
However, the refresh model comes with a slightly more efficient processor and longer battery life ranging between 4.5 and 9 hours, compared to the original’s battery life of 2.5 to 6.5 hours on average. The mileage will depend on the games you play. Nintendo has estimated that the battery will last approximately 5.5 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Games with lower graphics detail should run longer.
If you’re planning to buy a Switch, look for the most obvious tell: the 2019 version’s packaging. The box for the original console has a white background; you can tell it’s the updated hardware by the red packaging.
The box for the original console has a white background. You can tell it’s the 2019 Nintendo Switch by the red packaging.
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