Right after the announcement of the Nintendo Switch Lite, it was also revealed that the base model of Nintendo Switch is being upgraded with better hardware, namely the CPU and GPU. Turns out, that wasn’t the only upgrade coming to the current Nintendo Switch as Nintendo has confirmed that a better battery is coming too.
While the Nintendo Switch was made for on-the-go gaming, the battery mileage may vary depending on the game you play. Something less taxing on the hardware like Super Bomberman R or Undertale, might last you a good 5 hours with the console in handheld mode, and flagship titles like The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild may just last you a good 3 hours on a good day.
The new battery that is coming with this upgrade is said to have the base model Nintendo Switch last for up to 9 hours without charging, with Breath Of The Wild being able to run on the Switch for about 5 hours. That’s about a fifteen percent increase from the current models, as well as two hours more than the Nintendo Switch Lite’s seven-hour battery life.
Overall, hardware upgrades are bound to come when a handheld console is doing well, this just means that late adopters can finally get their hands on a Nintendo Switch and it will be worth the 2 year wait. Meanwhile, early adopters might just want to wait for the official announcement of the Nintendo Switch Pro.