Attack of the Fanboy

Nintendo 3DS Battery Life is Concerning

by Bill Hess


Nintendo has revealed the battery life for it’s upcoming handheld, the 3DS.  And yes, it is worse than the iPhone, but I guess that’s somewhat expected considering the device does 3D.   With “soft” play, the approximation of battery life is 3 to 5 hours for 3DS titles.  You can extend that out a bit if you are playing DS titles on the device to around 5 – 8 hours.

As always this battery life is affected by many things.  The screen backlight being one.  This can be adjusted so turning it down will lengthen this life span. While not listed, I would imagine that 3D will also consume battery faster than not using the 3D functionality.  But 3 – 5 hours seems paltry in comparison to the previous handhelds Nintendo has released.

Good thing the device comes bundled with an Ac Adapter.  Because it’s gonna be needed…alot.

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