Not content surprising everyone with new Joy-Con colors, Nintendo has dropped another hardware announcement – the original Nintendo Switch model is seeing a battery upgrade.

As announced via the official Japanese and American websites the hardware refresh, which will release this August, should increase the Switch’s play time on a single charge from 2.5-6.5 hours to 4.5-9.0 hours. It also beats out the Switch Lite’s 3.0-7.0 hour estimate.

It looks like that’s all the model will improve, however, so don’t expect any in-game enhancements.

The updated Switch hardware will hit North America and Japan towards the end of August, while Europe will see it land in early September.
 

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