3DS battery life - 3-to-5 hrs for 3DS games; 3.5hr to charge[Various Realworld Tests]

#5
Kind of disappointed. Nowhere near the advertised "as good as DSi" battery life. Hell, the chips are even underclocked too.. they may as well go the whole way and make that sucker last 3 hours with better looking games.
 

Willy Wanka

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#15
In a way it's expected because the hardware is very powerful but I honestly never thought I'd see Nintendo releasing a handheld with that kind of battery life.
 
#16
EmCeeGramr said:
How is that even possible?

I don't understand why Nintendo is releasing a $250-300 handheld with shit battery. Did they forget the last 5 years?
There's a lot of things about 3DS that suggest Nintendo sorta missed some of the reasons why their DS is so successful.

On the other hand, I'm really happy about most of what 3DS offers. But even I expected like 6 hours. This is seriously bad.

PSP2 better use cartridges or the battery life is gonna be like 0.3 hours
 
#17
That seems bad, and yet, it doesn't feel surprising at this stage, and even inevitable. I don't know the technical details but I assume the thing must take quite some power to run.
 
#20
viciouskillersquirrel said:
So what are we talking here? 3DS games on full brightness with WiFi on? That's PSP-level terribad.
It seems like it's a best-case, with it becoming even less if you have everything turned up and on, if Google Translate is accurate.
 
#21
I don't know about you guys, but as new info come out, more and more I feel like this is the forbidden child of DS and PSP.:lol

btw, if 3DS battery is that bad, I can't imagine how it's going to be for PSP2 with supposedly a much better graphic and higher resolution too. is this the limit for battery technology, or Nintendo is being cheap for their battery here?
 
#23
EmCeeGramr said:
How is that even possible?

I don't understand why Nintendo is releasing a $250-300 handheld with shit battery. Did they forget the last 5 years?
hubris, baby. hubris.

hopefully they don't actually say "TWO HUNDRED AND NINETY NINE DOLLARS"
 

gofreak

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#25
viciouskillersquirrel said:
So what are we talking here? 3DS games on full brightness with WiFi on? That's PSP-level terribad.
Doesn't mention wifi. My read based on the 'varies with screen brightness' bit on the webpage is that 3-5 is the range depending on brightness.
 
#29
EmCeeGramr said:
How is that even possible?

I don't understand why Nintendo is releasing a $250-300 handheld with shit battery. Did they forget the last 5 years?
Nintendo is the new Sony. They are becoming arrogant, and they will be humbled.
 
#31
Callibretto said:
I don't know about you guys, but as new info come out, more and more I feel like this is the forbidden child of DS and PSP.:lol

btw, if 3DS battery is that bad, I can't imagine how it's going to be for PSP2 with supposedly a much better graphic and higher resolution too. is this the limit for battery technology, or Nintendo is being cheap for their battery here?
Its the best battery they've ever put in a handheld...

my only thought is that this has to be worst case. Especially 3 hours. I imagine that's full screen brightness, 3d on, tilt sensor tracking, and online or wireless play, on a particularly intensive game. 5 hours is more acceptable... I tend to either play these things plugged in at home or on the train/bus to work (which is short). If I'm commuting long distance, modern trains have charge points, so again, not an issue.

It wouldn't surprise me if they start selling spare batteries.
 

Stumpokapow

listen to the mad man
#33
Regulus Tera said:
I use my iPod Touch very frequently from dawn til dusk and rarely do I have to recharge it before I get back home (admittedly I keep the brightness in the lowest setting).
you don't use it very frequently to play games from dawn til dusk :p
 
#37
Well, I'll mostly use it at home or on short subway rides. And it might be higher with Wi-Fi turned off.

But yeah, that's pretty indefensible.

still not cancelling my preorder
 

Regulus Tera

Romanes Eunt Domus
#49
Stumpokapow said:
you don't use it very frequently to play games from dawn til dusk :p
That's where the margin of error comes in.

It's like Nintendo forgot that their entire handheld line has always been based on inexpensive and durable technology that has a generous battery life. I wish Gunpei Yokoi were alive. :(