NateDrake: Switch Final Devkits being shipped, Battery should be 3DS-like (5-8 hours)

Sep 14, 2006
From the first Dev kit rumored specs thread:

I haven't seen a thread for this on the front page.

I can't watch the video at the moment. Is there any good info in it aside from final dev kits being sent out and the battery life?

Edit: To note it's from NateDrake
- Final Devkits being shipped. No notable changes in specs that he knows of.
- Battery life of 3hrs is based on old Devkit. Nintendo is aiming at 3DS battery life, so between 5 to 8 hours.

Edit: For reference: said:
The battery life for the New Nintendo 3DS is from 3.5 to 6 hours, while the battery life for the New Nintendo 3DS XL is from 3.5 to 7 hours.

Edit 2:
5-8hrs is the range I've heard they are targeting. Hearing final dev kits went out in mid-November was an interesting detail and I thought people would want to hear about the battery range they are targeting. Lock the thread. I didn't post the video on the forums.
Aug 10, 2004
In before "cause they downgraded it" comments.

(edit: honestly, I think it sounds too good to be true, especially considering the "console quality" gaming Switch is going for[and from games we know are in the works]. But kudos to them if they pull off even 5 hrs average.)
Apr 23, 2013
I'm still even ok with 3 based on my current lifestyle, but 5-8 sounds great for commuters or people not near electrical sockets for large chunks of the day. 5-8 is way better. Hope it's true. 5-8 is almost necessary for people flying on planes a lot, too.
Aug 29, 2012
That is better battery life, would encourage me to bring it around more often.

What does that mean about specs? Has that been talked about? So is it around what the other thread has with the rumored specs from that supposed early dev kit?
Sep 24, 2007
I get a solid 5-6 hours on my N3DS, and that's a smaller battery. My brightness is usually on lowest though, but I do have power saving turned off for better colors.
I usually turn the brightness down one notch but I don't use 3D and wifi most of the time.

Eight hours on the 3DS....Having a good laugh because I've never gotten close to that.
May 24, 2014
Sounds good...maybe too good. I may have misheard, but I think he says it's 3DS like which is not 8 hours as far as I remember.
Not sure if "as good as 3DS" is the info he got and then forgot 3DS'a actual battery life.
My guess:
Average of 4 hours but charges quickly due to USB C


listen to the mad man
May 21, 2006
""devkits being shiped""""

no shit

"""""should be 5-8 hours""""

yep this sure is real good scoops, really laying it all on the line there, no possible way to weasel out of this if it's wrong because it's just a random guess

""""""" i don't like ruining the surprises of what they're going to announce """"

yeah maybe because you don't know any????