8 Alternatives to Steam For Buying PC Games Online

Steam may be the biggest name in PC gaming—with some 95 million users—but it isn’t the only option. There are numerous alternatives to Steam for buying PC games, some of which are objectively better. 

In this article, we’ll go through eight of the best online stores to satisfy your gaming fix. Always be on the lookout for deals too, as a lot of these alternatives also have great sales just like Steam.

1. GOG.com

GOG, formerly known as Good Old Games, is a subsidiary of CD Projekt. Yes, the company behind The Witcher and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077. Just as CD Projekt has numerous consumer-forward policies, so does GOG.com.

The site is a gold mine for old-school gamers. It provides updated and modernized versions of classic games, many of which once required DOSBox to operate properly. The games themselves are also all DRM-free. This means that you can download them to a CD and pop the CD into a drive 50 years from now and they’ll still work.

GOG Galaxy 2.0, the platform’s management system, allows gamers to link their accounts from different platforms all to a single source. You can see any compatible Steam, Epic Games Store, and even Xbox and PlayStation games all in one place. 

GOG also has frequent sales, many of which reach discounts up to 90% off. If you’re looking for classic games (and you care about DRM free titles), GOG.com is worth checking out. 

2. Humble Store

The Humble Store is best known for the Humble Bundles, periodic collections of games that follow a set theme and are usually available at a steep discount. Humble Bundles got their start as a pay-what-you-want system where the purchases went to charity and huge numbers of games could be had for pennies. 

However, there is a traditional storefront in the form of the Humble Store. You can purchase any currently-available bundles (many of which include eBooks, royalty-free music for creators, and a variety of software), but you can also purchase individual games. The Humble Store has frequent sales, so keep an eye out for potential savings.

When you purchase a game, you typically receive a key for Steam, although there are some direct downloads. If you’re looking for the traditional monthly Humble Bundle, that’s still available too: a pick-what-you-want system that costs anywhere from $15 to $20 per month. 

You can also access the Humble Trove, a collection of more than 90 DRM-free titles that are available to subscribers. Just download them and keep them forever, even if you cancel your subscription. It’s a great, fast way to bolster your library. Or your backlog. 

3. Itch.io

Tired of the current state of the games industry? Are you seeking more innovative titles that break the rules, possibly because they don’t know the rules? Itch.io is all about indie titles. There are thousands of games available on this alternative to Steam, many of which are totally free.

Sure, you may end up wading through a waist-deep sea of shovelware, but there are plenty of hidden gems to be found that defy expectations and provide never-before-seen experiences. Itch.io is what happens when developers are given the freedom to create games they want to make without any oversight.

Many of the games that first launched on Itch.io have made their way to more mainstream platforms, including Night in the Woods, A Short Hike, and even Celeste. If you’re tight on cash or want to try something that strays from traditional gameplay formulas, give the site a try. 

You can sort by categories like Popular, Top sellers, Top rated, and more — and then you can break games down farther based on tags like “Cute,” “Romance,” and “Anime.” Many games are free, but there are some that cost $20 or so. 

4. Green Man Gaming

Green Man Gaming is one of the better known sites for Steam keys, but what you might not know is that you can also get keys for services like Origin and Uplay. While there are frequent sales, many titles on Green Man Gaming (or GMG) comply with standard retail pricing.

On the other hand, you can sign up for their loyalty program called the XP Program. You’ll earn rewards, or XP, when you purchase games. Earn enough XP and you can level up into different tiers including Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Each level awards different discounts, free games, and more. 

One thing to keep in mind is that GMG is not DRM-free unless the game is DRM-free. The company abides by the anti-piracy rules set forth by publishers. There’s no dedicated client, so you will download any purchases you make through Steam or another platform. 

5. Epic Games Store

Epic has a lot of problems as a company, and there is a lot that can be said for anti-consumer exclusivity deals on the platform. On the other hand, no one can deny the breadth of options and the large number of free titles that Epic gives out.

It’s the newest alternative to Steam in the industry, but Epic has a lot of clout after creating the Unreal Engine as well as games like Fortnite. Due to its relative youth, the Epic Games Store hasn’t refined its interface to the same extent as its competition. Browsing the store can be a bit obtuse, and some users claim it has massive privacy problems that raise concerns.

Epic has secured enough exclusive titles and gives out high-quality free games regularly enough that it’s worth checking out, if only to see what sort of free games you can snag. It isn’t likely to compete with Steam anytime soon, if ever, but it’s a good alternative for gamers on a budget.

6. Microsoft Store

The Windows Store is built-in to Windows 10, but it can also be accessed directly through the website. The selection of titles is curated by Microsoft and is more limited than many of the other entries on this list. But you can find exclusives like Gears of War and Forza

Some—but not all—titles are cross-play with Xbox and share saves and achievements. Most of the best options in the Windows Store can also be had through Xbox Game Pass, but you can also find PC versions of popular mobile games if you prefer to play with a mouse and keyboard rather than your phone. 

7. Uplay

It seems like every major company wants its own digital storefront and Ubisoft is no exception. Uplay acts as a sort of social hub and storefront in one, rewarding players for purchases or for completing “Classic Challenges” with Club Units. These Units can then be exchanged for in-game items like character outfits to discount codes for future purchases.

If you play Ubisoft games, you likely already have a Uplay account. Most games require you to create one to play, even those purchased through Steam. Although Uplay works nicely with Steam, it is required to play any Ubisoft game as many of the anticheat clients run through Uplay. 

Uplay is worth checking out as it often offers discounts not available on other storefronts and sometimes has free-to-play periods for popular titles, giving players a chance to try the game before deciding to purchase.

8. Fanatical

Fanatical had a start similar to Humble Bundle: It offered large collections of games at incredible prices. It originally went by the name Bundle Stars, but later shifted to Fanatical—but it still has the same great prices.

Fanatical offers bundles of games for huge discounts up to 99% off their original price. Individual titles can also be found at steep discounts. In addition to games, Fanatical sells eBooks and educational materials, too.

Fanatical also has a Star Deal that is usually a specially featured game at a discounted price. When you purchase a game, you’ll receive a key for it on whatever store you buy it for. You can also find DRM-free games here. 

How To Get Started In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The newest edition of Animal Crossing has been long anticipated, bringing lots of new features while still retaining its unique charm. This new version of the game is also very accessible to new players of the series, making it a great game for anyone to pick up. 

If you are new to these games, you’ll find pretty quickly that there are lots of things that you can spend your time doing. You may have many ideas for how you want to grow and upgrade your island, but be lost as to what to do in order to get there.

Eventually, you’ll find a routine that works for you if you play each day. However, there are some important things you’ll want to keep in mind at the beginning of Animal Crossing: New Horizons so you can really get the ball rolling. 

How To Play Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The premise of Animal Crossing is pretty simple: you can do activities to earn bells (the in-game currency), which can be used to upgrade your house and your island. You live with other villagers who will come and go, and there are shops where you can spend your bells on things like furniture or clothes. 

Most of the activities for gaining bells include catching and collecting animals or plants. You can also bring these to a museum in the game in order to preserve your collection. There are a multitude of other activities in the game that you’ll come across, but when just starting out, you’ll really want to focus on what will help you earn bells. 

What’s new in this Animal Crossing: New Horizons game is the ability to craft objects, which is very important when you are starting out and will continue to be as you play throughout the game. Crafting is done by learning DIY recipes, gathering needed materials, and crafting the recipes using workbenches. 

Your First Days In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

When you first start the game, you’ll be led through a tutorial that’s pretty straightforward. This will allow you to get your tent set up, and create a workbench where you can craft some simple things. Once you get through this, you will have more free reign on what you do. At this point, there are some key things you should keep in mind to do first.

Get Your Tools

Having a good set of tools is extremely important for everything you’ll have to do. When you first start out, you’ll have to craft your tools and get the recipes from Tom Nook. These first tools won’t be great quality, but they’ll help you get more resources to upgrade them eventually.

If you want to get your tools faster, though, there’s an easy way to do this. By going to the airport and travelling to a mystery island, you can meet Wilbur who will allow you to buy any tool you need. You can buy them cheaply, and it’s a much faster way to retrieve them all at the start. 

Get More Inventory Space

The more space you have to store items, the more bells you’ll be able to make in a much shorter amount of time. Thankfully, in this game, your inventory space is upgradeable.

You can do this by going to the ATM in Residential Services, and choosing to upgrade there. These will cost Nook Miles, but it’s worth it to have a larger inventory early on in the game. You’ll be able to make bells at a much faster rate, which is important at this stage. 

Pay Off Your Loan

The first loan you’ll need to pay off, among many to come, is the Island Getaway Package. This one will set you back 49,800 bells, or alternatively 5,000 Nook Miles. 

The quickest way you can earn enough bells at this point is to sell whatever you collect around the island to Timmy in Resident Services. Bugs and fish will get you the most income, but sell anything you pick up, because he will buy nearly whatever you bring. Selling to him will also help in getting the Nook Shop on your island, where you can buy a variety of items such as furniture and clothes. 

If you want to go the Nook Miles route, you’ll just need to complete tasks that earn you Miles. Here are some easy tasks you can do right away to get you a good amount to start with: 

  • Sell 50 weeds.
  • Sell 20 fruit.
  • Take a picture using the NookPhone camera app.
  • Open your passport app and edit it.
  • Post a message on the bulletin board.
  • Use the Custom Designs app.
  • Open your Nook Miles app.

Tips For Making More Bells

When you’re just starting, it’ll be a lot more difficult to earn bells until you can get better tools. However, there are some good ways you can earn a lot despite this. The main way to do this is to fish as much as you can.

You’ll want to collect lots of tree branches, as you’ll need these to craft multiple fishing rods, as they will eventually wear out. Fish until you have filled up your inventory, and then go sell all of them to Timmy. 

You can repeat this until you get enough upgrades that will help you earn bells more easily. Once you do this, you can follow some of these other tips.

Catch Bugs

Besides fishing, another great way to earn bells is to catch bugs. There are lots of bugs you can catch, but some will net you a lot more bells than others. 

For example, at night you may be able to find a tarantula or scorpion. Either of these can get you thousands of bells with just one. They are very hard to find though, but you can always catch other bugs while you look.

Sell Fossils

Sometimes you may come across x-shaped holes in the ground. Digging these up will sometimes get you fossils. If you get a new fossil, it’s best to give it to the museum for the collection, but once you get copies you can sell them for thousands of bells.

Make a Money Tree

Ever noticed a glowing spot in the ground? If you dig this up, you will find bells. But you can also do even more with this spot. If you go into your inventory and take out 10,000 bells, you can bury it in this spot and have a tree grow with the bell amount multiplied. This is a great way to earn a good amount of extra bells by just waiting. 

Living On Your Island

The more bells you get in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the faster you will be able to pay off your loans and build up your island however you want. The tips here are some of the best ways to do this. Furthermore, you should make sure you check your island everyday, as things change daily. You might miss an opportunity for a huge amount of bells, so it’s best to be consistent. 

You should also make sure to talk to your villagers, explore each part of the island, and check in on the shops daily as much as you can. Leave no stone unturned if you want to earn the maximum amount of bells and find rare items. 

If you follow this advice, you should be well on your way to getting the Animal Crossing island of your dreams.

Are One-handed Gaming Keyboards Worth It?

On PC, you have lots of choices to control your games. The keyboard and mouse are the gold standard, but you can hook up a gamepad, or VR motion controllers as well. So what about a one-handed gaming keyboard? 

It may sound like a weird idea at first, but there’s a good argument to be made for gamers (and some professionals) to invest in one of these chopped-up keyboards. If the idea intrigues you, come along for a deep-dive into this niche gaming peripheral.

What Is a One-handed Keyboard?

The concept of a one-handed keyboard for gaming is pretty simple. Basically it’s a keyboard that only offers keyboard keys for one hand. It’s not a replacement for a normal full keyboard, but there is good use for this concept.

One-handed keyboards offer various cost, performance and space benefits a standard keyboard can’t. Before we look at the pros and cons, it’s worth looking at the basic varieties of one-handed keyboards you’ll encounter in the wild.

Key Types of One-handed Keyboards

There are two main approaches to designing a one-handed keyboard. The simplest and usually cheapest approach is to make a pad that looks like someone took a cleaver to a full size keyboard. The keys will have the same labels and layout as the leftmost part of a standard keyboard. Which makes for an easy transition.

The other main approach is a specialized pad with custom controls. These can include scroll wheels, directional pads, thumb buttons and more. These pads also tend to be more ergonomic and much less like playing on a standard keyboard. That comes with many advantages, but also takes longer to get used to. The current best example of this design is the Razer Tartarus. We have used both the Tartarus v2 and Pro and rate them highly. 

Switch Types

Just as with any gaming keyboard, one-handed keyboards offer a variety of choices when it comes to key switch type. The cheapest products will use membrane keys. Then there are also mecha-membrane keys that offer the feel of mechanical switches, but still use membrane switch technology as part of the design.

Opto-mechanical switches have gained some popularity as well, but the current gold standard is the full mechanical switch. Within the realm of mechanical keyboards there’s even further subdivision. You can get different switch designs all with their own feel. 

Read up a little on the pros and cons of specific switches in any keyboard you’re considering. It’s also worth checking out our article on lesser-known mechanical keyboard brands for more information.

What Are the Advantages?

The main advantage of one-handed gaming keyboards is cost. If you have a keyboard that uses high quality switch technology and key caps, it’s much more expensive to extend that to a full 101 key keyboard. Many gaming keyboards deal with this by only having keys typically used during gaming. 

The problem with this is that you end up with an asymmetrical keyboard. So if you want to use it for other tasks such as writing or general productivity, it won’t be pleasant to use. This is one good reason to consider a one-handed keyboard. It can simply sit next to your regular keyboard, ready to play at any time.

Ergonomics

Another big advantage of these keyboards is their improved ergonomics. In general you don’t need to move your hand around and the pad is designed to support your hand while gaming. Custom pads like the Razer Tartarus have thumb controls, especially curved key surfaces and a large adjustable wrist pad. Obviously, if your one-handed keyboard has a more standard design, this advantage is diminished.

Compact Size

The next advantage is size. You can set your big keyboard aside and use your desk space just for the pad and mouse. This allows for much more comfortable gaming, since you can set your arms at any angle you like.

These pads are also especially good for anyone with gaming laptops. The keyboards built into these laptops are awkward to play on. If you want to have your screen straight ahead if you, be prepared for some painful keyboard yoga. However, a one-handed gaming keyboard lets you position it and your mouse on either side of the laptop. Letting you set the screen dead center and close to your face. It’s a transformative change for portable gaming.

Gaming Performance

Finally, these pads offer a gaming performance advantage. Because of their shape and size, you never need to move your hand, look down, or otherwise think about the keyboard. Once your muscle memory kicks in, you’ll forget it’s even there.

What Are The Disadvantages?

The biggest disadvantage for this type of gaming keyboard is that it isn’t suitable or games that make extensive use of keyboard shortcuts. Typical games that come to mind would be certain real time strategy games and Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games (MMORPGs). 

One-handed keyboards simply don’t have enough keys. Of course, nothing stops you from using your regular keyboards for such shortcuts alongside your gaming keypad.

There can also be a pretty steep learning curve with one-handed keyboards. Unlearning years of traditional keyboard and mouse play isn’t going to happen overnight. 

If you’re using something like a Tartarus which offers only customizable keys, you’ll also have to spend some time setting up your pad in a way that works for you. While you can use pre-existing control templates, to get the most out of the device per-title tweaking is needed.

Who Should Buy A One-handed Gaming Keyboard?

Now that you know what a one-handed keyboard is, should you buy one? Taking their strengths and weaknesses into account, these are the sorts of users we think should consider getting one:

  • People who baulk at the cost of premium gaming keyboards
  • Gaming laptop users
  • Users who experience ergonomic problems with standard keyboards while gaming
  • Gamers looking for an edge

We can also recommend these one-handed keyboards, especially the macro-key models such as the aforementioned Razer Tartarus, to people who use applications like Adobe Photoshop or any other major video editor. 

You can significantly speed up your workflow by programming the functions you use most on the one-handed keyboard. Since you never have to lift your hand and won’t need to look down to hunt for the right key, all the single seconds of time you save will add up over the course of your project. 

So whether you just want to have a better gaming experience or take your creative work to the next level, a one-handed keyboard could turn out to be just what you need!

How To Connect a PS4 Controller To a PC

PC gaming has many strengths, one of which is that you can pretty much use any peripherals you like with a computer. However, when it comes to gamepads, it seems that the Xbox controller has taken over as the de-facto standard. 

Games have supported Xbox controllers natively for years and in most cases it’s simply a matter of plugging and playing. Does that mean there’s no way to connect and use a PS4 controller to a PC? Not at all! There are ways to make this work and in some cases it’s even the preferred controller. Let’s look at what’s involved.

PS4 Remote Play and PS Now

One of the main reasons a PC gamer might want to connect a PS4 controller to a PC is to play PS4 games on that computer. This can of course refer to emulating old PlayStation games for the PS1, PS2 and PS3. All the major emulators for those systems will work just fine with an unmodified PS4 controller connected to a PC. 

If you want to use the Remote Play application on your PC, which lets you stream games from your own PS4, then you can also use your PS4 controller directly. You can use either a wireless Bluetooth connection or just plug the controller directly into your computer using a micro USB cable.

PS Now is Sony’s cloud game streaming service and unsurprisingly also supports the PS4 controller connected to a PC. It supports the PS4 controller via Bluetooth or direct USB connection.

Since Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox are direct competitors, you might expect that Microsoft (or Sony for that matter) have not gone out of their way to integrate  DS4 support in Windows. This does actually turn out to be the case, mainly because the PS4 controller doesn’t support something known as “Xinput”.

The Problem of Xinput

While Windows 10 supports the PS4 controller as a standard Bluetooth device, there’s more to getting games to work with it than simply connecting it. The problem boils down to Xinput and Dinput. 

Xinput is the controller standard used by all Xbox controllers. Any game that supports Xinput will work with any official Xbox controller and third-party controllers that support Xinput.

Other controllers have to rely on Dinput, which is the generic input standard used in DirectX. Dinput is deprecated, but still works just fine. The problem is that most games released since Microsoft integrated Xbox controller support into Windows only support Xinput. Alternatively, they may support Dinput, but have done so as an afterthought. 

Any gamer who has tried to play Windows games using a Dinput controller will attest to the endless frustration this causes. As you’ve probably guessed, the PS4 controller does not support Xinput, so even after connecting it to a PC, it’s still difficult to use. However, there’s a workaround in the form of DS4Windows. 

Using DS4Windows To Emulate Xinput

DS4Windows is a third-party utility that fools Windows into thinking a real Xinput controller has been connected to the machine. It then takes all your PS4 controller inputs and translates them to the Xinput standard. This is by far the best solution for using PS4 controllers with modern games.

There’s more to DS4Windows than getting access to games that only support Xinput controllers. The software also gives you much more control over the DS4 and it also allows you to use the controller to its full potential.

For example, the touchpad can be used to control your mouse pointer, which is useful in games that may not have full controller support or have some in-game actions that are easier to do with a mouse pointer.

DS4Windows also lets you use the SixAxis motion sensors in the DS4 controller, letting you map it to game controls.

You also get control over the light bar, letting you set the color or turn it off completely. It even has a feature where light bar color can reflect battery level. You can create multiple configuration profiles and have them trigger when specific games are running.

The list of features goes on, and anyone considering using their DS4 with Windows 10 should absolutely use this free utility. While you can use DS4Windows via Bluetooth, the best solution is using a wired connection. Bluetooth support can be pretty flakey with the software and certain brands of Bluetooth controller just won’t work right. 

It’s worth testing out if you absolutely must have wireless support, but let’s look at how to connect a PS4 controller using a cable first.

How To Connect a PS4 Controller To a PC Using A Wired Connection

This is quite possibly one of the simplest sets of instructions ever. To use a PS4 controller via USB on a Windows 10 computer, take a micro USB cable, plug the large plug into the computer’s USB port and plug the small plug into the PS4 controller. Congratulations, you’re done with this part of the guide.

Next, we’ll look at the Bluetooth method, but be warned that your mileage may vary. Especially if you plan to use DS4Windows this way.

How To Connect a PS4 Controller To a PC Using Bluetooth

Connecting your PS4 controller using Bluetooth is a little trickier.

The first thing you need to do is put your PS4 controller into pairing mode. With the controller off, press and hold the round PlayStation button and the Share button together until the light starts to flash bright white.

Now, open the Start Menu and search for Bluetooth, then click on Bluetooth and Other Device Settings.

Now click the big plus icon next to Add Bluetooth or other device.

Next choose Bluetooth

You’ll now see a list of available devices. The PS4 controller should show up as Wireless Controller.

Click on it to complete the pairing. The controller should now work with your PC.

A Second-class Citizen?

Let’s face it, unless you want to play games that were specifically designed for the DS4 on Windows 10 or have native support for it, it’s hard to recommend using one. Xinput controllers on a modern Windows system simply work. There’s nothing to set up or fiddle with. You also don’t need to spend money on an expensive first-party controller from Microsoft, since there are both wired and wireless Xinput controllers from other manufacturers.

With utilities like DS4Windows it’s possible to get most things working, but if at all possible, consider buying an Xbox controller instead. You’ll spend much less time fiddling with settings and more time actually playing your games.

If, on the other hand, you have specific applications that still fully support Dinput or you don’t mind not having PS4 prompts and a few extra layers of configuration to wade through, you can use your existing PS4 controller on your computer and still have a good time. The beauty of it all is that the choice is yours!

Is It Worth Paying More For Nintendo Switch Vs Switch Lite?

If you haven’t yet bought Nintendo’s newest console, the Switch, you might be unaware that Nintendo also released another version of it called the Switch Lite. 

Nintendo created this version in order to be an affordable option for those who want to play all the great games the Switch has, but not spend hundreds on a new console. The Switch Lite cuts many of the features of the original Switch, but still has all the necessary components to enjoy your Switch games.

With the Switch Lite being around $200, and the original Switch about $400, it’s definitely worth looking closely at the Nintendo Switch vs the Switch Lite to see if you’d rather save the money and use the Lite instead. 

Why The Lite Is So Much Cheaper

With the huge price difference between the two platforms, you might wonder what the difference is. In fact, there are some pretty big differences between the two consoles. 

The Nintendo Switch Lite is technically just a handheld device, while the original Switch is an entire console you can hook up to your TV. This is possible because, besides the handheld device, the Switch has a dock you can set it into so that the game can be displayed on a television. The Lite lacks this ability, but makes up for it by being a powerful handheld device you can use anywhere. 

The original Switch also has detachable Joy Con controllers on the sides. With the Switch Lite, the sides of the handheld are not detachable. It also has a full directional pad on the left-hand side. Otherwise, they have the same button layout and feel as the Switch Joy Cons. You also still have the ability to use Pro Controllers with the Lite, as you can connect them through Bluetooth. 

Also, because the Switch console automatically charges the handheld and Joy Cons when connected to the dock, you will have to use an AC adapter to charge the Lite. This is included with the handheld. If you decide to buy Joy Cons separately, though, you’ll need to buy the charging stand for these, since they’ll have nothing to connect to in order to charge. 

The Switch Lite, as you might imagine, is much smaller in size than the original Switch. While the original is 4 inches tall and 9.4 inches long, the Switch Lite measures at 3.6 inches tall and 8.2 inches long. The screen is also smaller, being 5.5 inches wide, compared to the 6.2 inch screen of the Switch. 

As far as overall features go, the original Switch outweighs the Lite. However, if you enjoy having an extremely portable and high quality handheld system, the Lite should definitely be your go-to. 

Features Of The Switch Lite

This new iteration of the Switch may certainly be a better option if you want a budget version that allows you to play the console’s games. There also is one feature of the Lite that actually outdoes the Switch.

This is the Switch Lite’s processing chip, which uses a custom Tegra X1+. This is a slightly upgraded version of what was used in the original Switch, and works more efficiently. This gives the Lite a much longer battery life. Eventually Nintendo did rerelease the Switch in 2019 with this processor to help it run faster and lengthen battery life. 

The Lite also has the same display specs as the Switch’s handheld. They both have an LCD screen with a resolution of 720p. Of course, the Switch console can have an output of 1080p when docked to a TV, but as far as the handheld display goes, they are the same. 

Also as with the Switch console, the Lite allows you to save game progress on the cloud with Nintendo’s online service. This means that if you eventually decide to upgrade to the full Switch console, you could potentially have access to your game saves. 

But what games, exactly, are you able to play? The games supported for the Switch Lite are virtually the same as the Switch, besides ones that don’t support handheld mode. However, if you have a separate controller or Joy Cons, you can play tabletop mode games as well. 

That being said, as the Switch is about twice the amount of the Lite, you should think about what features are important to you. Since the processing power of the Lite is the same as new Switch consoles or even better than the old ones, you won’t be losing anything either way. The decision mainly lies on how you want to play your games, and if you want a real console experience.

Is The Switch Lite Worth Buying Over The Switch?

These two platforms are definitely much different from each other, and if you’re looking for a fully-featured home console, the Lite will probably not be for you. Without the ability to hook up to a TV, the Lite is just a handheld that allows you to play Switch games.

That being said, if you really want a way to play these games while staying on a budget, the Switch Lite is more than enough of a way to do this. Even with its smaller screen size, the display quality, color and brightness is the same as the original Switch. This smaller and sleeker design also makes it much easier to use while you’re out in public. 

If you prefer the handheld experience, and the ability to use the Switch on the go, the Switch Lite is perfect for you. And, as far as handheld systems go, the Lite is one of the best from Nintendo and on the market overall.