Featured Articles

5th Generation Broadwell 14nm family comes in three lines

5th Generation Broadwell 14nm family comes in three lines

Intel's 5th Core processor family, codenamed Broadwell, will launch in three lines for the mobile segment. We are talking about upcoming…

More...
Broadwell Chromebooks coming in late Q1 2015

Broadwell Chromebooks coming in late Q1 2015

Google's Chromebook OS should be updating automatically every six weeks, but Intel doesn't come close with its hardware refresh schedule.

More...
New round of Nexus phone rumour kicks off

New round of Nexus phone rumour kicks off

Rumours involving upcoming Nexus devices are nothing uncommon, but this year there is a fair bit of confusion, especially on the…

More...
Nvidia officially launches the 8-inch Shield Tablet

Nvidia officially launches the 8-inch Shield Tablet

As expected and reported earlier, Nvidia has now officially announced its newest Shield device, the new 8-inch Shield Tablet. While the…

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Monday, 10 January 2011 10:15

3DS battery life a bit limited

Written by David Stellmack
nintendo_grey

Only 3 to 5 hours for 3DS titles
One of the biggest questions that we have been getting about the upcoming Nintendo 3DS is what kind of battery life it will have due to its 3DS support, higher performance hardware and bigger screen. Actually, we have finally been able to work our sources to get some real answers on this one.

Our sources are telling us that battery life on the 3DS is a tricky question, because so much depends on which mode the unit is running in and what it is actually doing. Assuming the worst case, if you are playing a 3DS title you end up with battery life of about 3 hours, but with some 3DS titles that could increase to as much as 5 hours, but not much more than that. According to whispers we are hearing, the average battery life for most 3DS titles will average about 4 hours of play time.

Battery life on the 3DS is at its worst when you are powering all three displays, and if you are rendering in full 3D it sucks the battery life; and if your wireless happens to be on, as well, you can start to see how all of this power demand adds up so quickly.

The better news might be that if you are using old DS titles you will get about 5 to 8 hours of battery life, but of course, that also depends on the game and other factors. This might not be the kind of battery life you were hoping for, but we suspected trouble when we found out that the 3DS would include a charging dock as part of the package. Recharge time from a full battery drain is said to take about 3 ½ hours.

While we hear that Nintendo is working on additional battery optimizations and will be working with software developers to provide better battery optimization within their software titles, we suspect that at least the first generation battery life of about 3 to 4 hours will be pretty much standard if you are playing 3DS titles. At least we know that the focus on the second generation model will be the battery life and form factor, and this gives us something to look forward to.


blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments