Nintendo claims that the one distinction between its new, revised Swap and the older mannequin is improved battery life. Not content material to take Nintendo’s phrase for it, some fashionable YouTubers put their model new, presently hard-to-find items to the take a look at, cracking them open to seek for any new undisclosed options or {hardware} tweaks alongside the way in which.

The consensus? Nintendo isn’t fibbing about that battery life. However sadly, there doesn’t appear to be anything inside to get too enthusiastic about.

Relying on the sport that’s being performed, the brand new Swap is meant to final between 4.5 and 9 hours in comparison with the unique’s vary of two.5 to six.5 hours of battery life. That’s an enormous enchancment, and one which’s particularly spectacular contemplating its battery isn’t any greater than the one inside the unique Swap. Movies from Austin Evans and Kevin Kenson put these numbers to the take a look at within the real-world, and the outcomes after draining each the brand new and outdated Swap techniques side-by-side with video games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild and Tremendous Mario Odyssey recommend that Nintendo’s claims are correct.

When you’re searching for extra causes to improve to the brand new Swap than simply for its improved battery life, you need to be skeptical of what some teardowns conclude. Like, some declare that the display within the revised Swap is definitively brighter, with higher white stability than the older mannequin. Others say the joysticks constructed into the included Pleasure-Con are totally different from the outdated ones, and declare meaning they’ve been improved, maybe to repair the Pleasure-Con drift problem that Nintendo itself not too long ago acknowledged.

However as Erica Griffin’s teardown factors out (above), delicate {hardware} variances make it onerous to pinpoint precisely what’s modified, for higher or worse, within the new Swap’s display, or its Pleasure-Con association, in comparison with the older Swap. Griffin has a number of Swap fashions (a number of older fashions, two new ones) and totally different Pleasure-Cons on-hand (additionally a mixture of new and outdated), and her testing reveals that there’s a whole lot of variance within the display’s coloration temperature, its brightness, in addition to how among the Pleasure-Con’s inside elements seem in a teardown.


The revised Nvidia Tegra X1 processor inside the brand new Swap
Spawn Wave

As we found in paperwork posted to the FCC, the brand new Swap revision does run on a barely totally different Nvidia Tegra X1 chip. However we didn’t get to see it till Spawn Wave, a YouTube channel, did the work of cracking open their unit, wiping away the thermal compound, and taking a number of high-resolution pictures of the chip. They declare that the die has been shrunk from 20nm within the older Swap to 16nm within the new model, however once more, plainly elevated battery life is the one perk of this improve.

I don’t need to name off the search simply but for different new, fascinating options which will nonetheless lie in hiding contained in the revised Swap, nevertheless it looks like we’ll have to attend till the rumored Swap Professional till we actually have one thing thrilling to look ahead to. Nonetheless, for those who don’t personal a Swap but, or merely need to improve, you need to maintain a look-out for the improved mannequin. My colleague Chris Welch put collectively a listing of tricks to be sure to’re shopping for the proper Swap, so possibly verify that out so that you don’t go house with the improper one.

And for those who mistakenly purchased the outdated Swap throughout the final month, you could possibly improve without spending a dime.

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