3DS Has Power Saving Mode for Dark Pixels

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    heartgold GBAtemp Psycho!

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    Wow that's interesting and helpful since 3DS battery isn't all that good.
     
  2. Lube_Skyballer

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    I think the 3DS' battery isn't all that bad. I always play my DS lite on the lowest brightness setting en sound turned off. The battery lasts insanely long (like 15-18 hours) that way. I'd think if you use the 3DS with the same energy-saving setting the battery will last at least 8 hours. Which is acceptable.

    imho people are just complaining to much.
     
  3. shadowmanwkp

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    Very interesting feature, I think you can save a lot of battery life by doing this, nice one nintendo. However, I think they could come up with this waaaay earlier, I mean come on, those pixels are black when they aren't backlit, so you don't need to turn them on for black anyways. Also, this could be implemented way earlier, because you can easily turn off pixels....
     
  4. ChaosBoi

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    I don't mind the battery life too much since the only times I ever play my DS and PSP is at home and sometimes at a relative's place. I do understand though if people were playing it out there where there's no public outlet or something.
     
  5. Devin

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    Yeah, my 3DS is going to spend 80% of it's life on the charger. I usually don't play any devices outside, because the glare from the sun is horrible. Even if it does make it outside, I'll have my wall charger as well as my car charger. [​IMG]
     
  6. Veho

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    Does that mean that each pixel has an individual backlight?
     
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    Yay for 3rd party mega awesome non-official batteries [​IMG]
     
  8. Canonbeat234

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    Down two years, they will invite a solar panel charger.
     
  9. testatura

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    probably at work...


    probably already in stock on dealxtreme [​IMG] with 3 leds, beer opener, iphone plug, sd card slot, and buttshaking anime girl while charging...
     
  10. shadowmanwkp

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    No, backlight usually works with one or more big light scources to light up the whole screen, there are exceptions, but these use a lot more energy to power. It is much easier and a lot more convenient that they just turn the pixels off, because a screen already needs to mix colours to create an image, so turning some off should be quite simple.
     
  11. muckers

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    That's an incredibly interesting way of power saving. I'd be surprised if Nintendo haven't implemented some kind of auto-brightness setting, where it judges how bright a setting you're in (ie. if you're in bright sunlight or in a dark room) and adjusts the brightness accordingly. It's pretty standard tech these days for TVs, and Apple have managed to implement it very well with the iPhone/iPod Touch.

    The low battery life (in comparison to other Nintendo handhelds) will hopefully lead to some higher capacity 3rd party batteries. Or at least some kind of backup battery pack - not that the battery life will be a problem for me. I don't play for over five hours at a time on a handheld, so it's not a big deal to me. [​IMG]
     
  12. Bladexdsl

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    i don't really care if the battery life sux i usually can't play on little screens for more than 2 hours anyway b4 my head hurts... [​IMG]
     
  13. Hop2089

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    Obama would be pleased to see that gadget.
     
  14. Costello

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    it's just an excuse for releasing a 3DS Lite a few months later, that will have a twice longer battery life [​IMG]

     
  15. DryYoshi

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    Yay for power saving mode!
    Although it doesn't really that much, because I always take my charger with me and I have a car charger for DS/DSi which you can use with the 3DS [​IMG]
     
  16. Fishaman P

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    Isn't the backlight for the whole screen? Or does it just not display anything for the pixel? And does it affect the graphics at all?
     
  17. cwstjdenobs

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    Reading over it, I think that when most of the picture is dark the backlight gets dimmed and the lcd gets "brighter" to compensate.
     
  18. KingVamp

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    How 'bout a solar panel 3DS version?! [​IMG]
     
  19. shadow1w2

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    I second that!

    They could say its the "green" edition.
    Also XL version stat!