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Topic: Return brand new switch and wait for the revised one or not?

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papereyes

So I'm in a bit of dilemma, I finally bit the bullet on prime day and got the original switch with an extra set of joy cons (neon) and the mario rabbids game all in for 289.99 which I thought was a stonking deal.

Then typical, the next day the revised chipset with extended battery life for switch is announced for september, which i suspect will go for around the same price (minus extra joycons and game)

Wondering, if I should return my original switch (and extras) and wait until september for the new one (6 weeks away) or just start playing now.

I'm not overly concerned around the battery life as I'll use it for my commute and plan to play mainly docked.
My main thought was whether we would see any improvement in loading times or game play (especially for stuff like zelda) which may be worth the wait as its 6-8 weeks away, but annoying i can't play now.

Any help or guidance appreciated.

papereyes

mrjelly

I would expect it's purely battery life, loading rules (edit: times not rules) appear to be software updates (using boost mode) so things to consider...
New switch

  • lacks hardware flaw (for code exploit)
  • has better battery (by 2 hours)

Keep old switch

  • Have more joy cons for multiplayer
  • Play it now for 6 weeks earlier
  • have Mario Rabbids included

If you get a USB c charger for work I'd say stick

Edited on by mrjelly

mrjelly

papereyes

mrjelly wrote:

I would expect it's purely battery life, loading rules (edit: times not rules) appear to be software updates (using boost mode) so things to consider...
New switch

  • lacks hardware flaw (for code exploit)
  • has better battery (by 2 hours)

Keep old switch

  • Have more joy cons for multiplayer
  • Play it now for 6 weeks earlier
  • have Mario Rabbids included

If you get a USB c charger for work I'd say stick

Thanks for this!! Much appreciate the feedback and given its only the batter i think you're right I'll open it tonight!!!

papereyes

mrjelly

Nice!
Yeah more battery is always good but if it's out of that or more joy cons, I gotta say it lasts a day and USB c chargers are cheap to keep one at work.
I've not run into issues. More joy cons are far more valuable! And a game!

mrjelly

Therad

It might get a modest increase in performance thanks to using better tech. We also don't know yet if they have changed something else as well.

But I don't think you will be able to get a deal as good as that with the new revision.

Therad

BlueOcean

@Therad Agreed. Depends on how much you appreciate the deal versus the longer battery life and hypothetical performance boost. I'd wait but that's me.

BlueOcean

Yorumi

Given what this site reported on the new battery life it seems to be hardly any different. Maybe it's about 15 minutes longer. The same thing happened with the new 3ds. They said it improved the battery and maybe it did but you don't notice it. You're not going to get hours more battery life out of it, you'll be lucky if you even notice the extra battery.

If you really want to play the system in portable mode a lot buy an anker power bank. They're like $30 and will extend the battery life of the switch(and they're useful for other devices) by about 8 hours or more.

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BacklogBlues

If you plan to play it mostly docked and battery life really isn't that important @papereyes then most defiantly keep it. As yes indeed you got a hell of a deal. I would take some of that money you saved and buy a Anker officially licensed 13400mah power bank. You can find them brand new for under $40 with free shipping on Ebay. And it will add an extra 4-8 hours of gameplay on top of the 3-6 hours the Switch battery has. So 7-14 hours of game time which is more than enough IMO. And it will keep your Switch Charged or will charge it if your Switch battery is dead while playing it.
EDIT: Pretty much what the person above me said.

Edited on by BacklogBlues

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Dogorilla

@Yorumi Are you thinking of the Switch Lite? The new hardware revision of the normal Switch model is supposed to increase battery life by about 2 hours, according to Nintendo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NCyD3XoJgM

Yorumi

@Dogorilla I might have read things wrong but I thought they didn't show much of a gain over the current model on zelda. Either way I have my doubts honestly. That would be one hell of an update to the power usage of the chips.

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Kyogre101

“Model number: HAC-001
(product serial number starts with “XAW”)
Approx. 2.5 to 6.5 hours
*The battery life will depend on the games you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 3 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Model number: HAC-001(-01) - Available starting in mid-August 2019
(product serial number starts with “XKW”)
Approximately 4.5 - 9 hours
*The battery life will depend on the games you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 5.5 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.”

That’s an extra 2.5 hours for BOTW, which is quite a significant increase.

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rallydefault

Dude, those extras are worth over 100 bucks, easily. Keep the stuff you have now. 2 more hours of battery life that will actually matter maybe a couple times a year isn't worth losing that stuff, in my opinion. I play mostly handheld, but even then I can only recall a couple times of honestly running out of battery and not having charging capability close at hand.

rallydefault

BlueOcean

Like other people have said above, the battery difference is not insignificant and the data is official.

Standard Switch: 3 hours (BotW).
Standard Switch with new chip: 5.5 (BotW). That is 2.5 more hours. almost twice as much.
Switch Lite: 4 hours (BotW) That is one more hour.

BlueOcean

Magician

I want a Switch Lite day one, but the joy-con drift issue has me worried. I intend to wait until Spawn Wave does his teardown of the Lite to see if it uses the same control mechanism as the joy-cons. If it does, I'll skip it in favor of the updated stock Switch. Even though the Lite has a preferable form factor.

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BlueOcean

@Magician But a pair of joy-cons is expensive so I would care anyway. I want to see teardown reviews too but I am not sure if that would be enough to know for sure and we would have to wait some months to see if drifting issues are reported on Lite.

BlueOcean

Magician

BlueOcean wrote:

@Magician But a pair of joy-cons is expensive so I would care anyway. I want to see teardown reviews too but I am not sure if that would be enough to know for sure and we would have to wait some months to see if drifting issues are reported on Lite.

The mechanism is everything. I'm hoping Nintendo got ahead of the class action lawsuit that's currently being explored by law firms in regards to the drifting issue. If the mechanism is different inside the Switch Lite than what's in the joy-cons, that's all the justification I would need. Besides, what would you rather spend fixing the drifting issue? $80 replacing the joy-cons on a stock Switch or $200 replacing an entire Switch Lite?

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BlueOcean

Magician wrote:

BlueOcean wrote:

@Magician But a pair of joy-cons is expensive so I would care anyway. I want to see teardown reviews too but I am not sure if that would be enough to know for sure and we would have to wait some months to see if drifting issues are reported on Lite.

The mechanism is everything. I'm hoping Nintendo got ahead of the class action lawsuit that's currently being explored by law firms in regards to the drifting issue. If the mechanism is different inside the Switch Lite than what's in the joy-cons, that's all the justification I would need. Besides, what would you rather spend fixing the drifting issue? $80 replacing the joy-cons on a stock Switch or $200 replacing an entire Switch Lite?

As I said, both things are expensive but €/$80 is a lot of money for faulty joy-cons as well! I'm glad about the class action suit if that makes Nintendo react and can't wait to see the insides of Lite.

BlueOcean

Dpullam

Personally, I would wait. Especially for such a huge battery life upgrade. If you aren't planning on playing it undocked though, I guess that doesn't really matter. It is really up to you. I probably wouldn't wait myself. I am not that picky with batteries in this day and age. Especially with how busy life gets.

Dpullam

Heavyarms55

Rather than jumping through hoops with returns and losing out on your very good deals, I would just buy a simple battery brick if you really want extra play time. I got a massively overpowered one for 50 bucks and with it I can run something like BotW, Civ 6 or Cities Skylines for 10-12 hours without recharging. Obviously that is probably overkill, you can get smaller ones for 20-30 bucks and easily double the Switch's battery life.

Just avoid any advertised as "fast charge" devices. Switch doesn't support those.

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