Nintendo is staying pretty tight-lipped on the exact details of their upcoming console’s hardware. The little bit we did get out of them sounds fine and dandy, and the games look great. Thankfully, the Japanese company has revealed a teeny tiny bit more about the device’s battery.
A lot of people have wondered just how the battery would hold up. I mean, this is by no means a Gameboy, which touted around 30 hours back in the day. Neither is it a Nintendo 3Ds that has around 3-5.5 hours of non-stop gaming. It is, in fact, a console. Sure, it may be a handheld/console hybrid… thing, but how exactly will it fare when on the go?
Well, Nintendo revealed that the Nintendo Switch battery will differ from game to game. They also added that one could expect anywhere from 2.5 to 6.5 hours of gaming depending on the situation. Currently, Nintendo is advertising that the Nintendo Switch will run Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for about three hours straight.
Considering the device’s screen runs at a resolution higher than the Wii-U GamePad, this is not bad at all. Sure, the Nintendo Switch battery may not be as amazing as one would have hoped; but I reckon that most people will actually play with this console at home more than on the road. At least the option of portability exists, versus other home consoles. With this in mind, it may only be a seldom occurrence whereby a person may pick it up and take it with them while visiting family and friends. Even then, you may very well take your dock with you to play on a shared/bigger screen.
C-Net’s Sean Hollister wrote a nice little article about why the Nintendo Switch battery life would not matter, and I wholeheartedly agree. In short, since it is able to be charge via USB, which has become a synonymous charging port for almost all electronics, finding a power source will be a breeze. Even whilst traveling. Hence why the device not sporting 30+ hours of battery life is a non-issue.
The Nintendo Switch will have its own USB-C cable included in the box. The cable will be a USB-type A, to USB -type C so that you can charge the device from just about anywhere. Sure, a vehicle’s USB port may not be the best choice, but it will help give you that extra juice on the way to your destination. Similarly, the handheld part of the Nintedo Switch (which is essentially a big, 6.2-inch screen) will charge via the dock. This means that you may never have to take the cable out of your bag unless on the road.
The Nintendo Switch will launch officially in March, in a number of countries. No local plans have been announced as of yet.