Featured Articles

IHS teardown reveals Galaxy S5 BOM

IHS teardown reveals Galaxy S5 BOM

Research firm IHS got hold of Samsung’s new flagship smartphone and took it apart to the last bolt to figure out…

More...
Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 available selling well

Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 available selling well

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 has finally gone on sale and it can be yours for €699, which is quite a lot of…

More...
Intel lists Haswell refresh parts

Intel lists Haswell refresh parts

Intel has added a load of Haswell refresh parts to its official price list and there really aren’t any surprises to…

More...
Respawn confirms Titanfall DLC for May

Respawn confirms Titanfall DLC for May

During his appearance at PAX East panel and confirmed on Twitter, Titanfall developer Respawn confirmed that the first DLC pack for…

More...
KFA2 GTX 780 Ti Hall Of Fame reviewed

KFA2 GTX 780 Ti Hall Of Fame reviewed

KFA2 gained a lot of overclocking experience with the GTX 780 Hall of Fame (HOF), which we had a chance to…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Friday, 21 January 2011 09:44

3 to 5 hour battery life for 3DS confirmed

Written by David Stellmack
nintendo3ds_logo

Can get better than 8 hours with 3D mode off
Sources are confirming that Nintendo is admitting that the projected 3 to 5 hours of battery life on the Nintendo 3DS are accurate when the unit is in 3D mode. As we told you previously, it will depend on the title and how well optimized it is to make use of the 3D mode, as well as how heavily the title uses the 3D mode to determine how much actual battery life a player will get.

Nintendo is admitting that the unit with the 3D mode off (and taking some other battery saving measures, such as turning off the wireless and dimming the screen) the 3DS is able to achieve battery life targets of over 8 hours without a problem. The 3DS will offer a “power-save” mode, but it isn’t clear when it is turned on what it will do to help save system power; but we suspect that wireless off and screen dimming are part of the strategy.

Analysts we spoke with today tell us that the battery life isn’t as big of an issue as the reaction of many consumers to the $249 price tag that was announced for the unit. Software that makes significant use of the 3D in a spectacular way will be necessary in order for the unit to be successful. Still, if most 3D titles hover close to the 3-hour mark in play time, the battery life could become more of an issue with buyers.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Comments  

 
0 #1 NateMo1980 2011-01-21 14:48
If the only way to play this handheld is strictly with a battery pack and gives you no option to play while plugged into a charger I don't think it's going to be good. If I want to play online or just "game out" for awhile that exceeds the life of the battery I better have a option to plug into a wall or it's just a joke.
 
 
0 #2 gsacks 2011-01-21 18:24
I'm not convinced the 3DS is going to be an instant success. My son and daughter have trouble sharing the one DSi that I bought for my son this year. (My daughter got something of equal value, but not for gaming). Now I need to buy another one as her birthday is approaching, in order to keep the peace between them, but when posed with the question, she would rather have an iPod touch (like mine) rather than her own DS. While the DSi is significantly cheaper than an iPod touch, i would steer her in the direction of the DSi, but if it where a choice of a $250 3DS vs. iPod, the iPod would win easily.
 
 
+2 #3 TechHog 2011-01-22 07:24
Quoting NateMo1980:
If the only way to play this handheld is strictly with a battery pack and gives you no option to play while plugged into a charger I don't think it's going to be good. If I want to play online or just "game out" for awhile that exceeds the life of the battery I better have a option to plug into a wall or it's just a joke.

I don't know what moron started this rumor that there's no standard AC adapter and you have to use the cradle to charge, but it's not true. It comes with both a cradle and an AC adapter. Nintendo's been in this business for longer than anyone else, so how people can actually believe that they'd make such a stupid mistake is beyond me.
Thinking about it, it's probably Sony fanboys and butthurt PC fanboys that started this rumor.
 

To be able to post comments please log-in with Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments