3DS Max Battery Life

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  1. heartgold
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    heartgold GBAtemp Psycho!

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    So 8 hours without 3D and that can be further extended lowering brightness, switching off wireless. Yes this is good news! [​IMG]
     


  2. Isabelyes

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    Good news indeed.
    Personally, I didn't really mind the so-called low battery life,
    but the people who did will be relieved to hear this.

    Me, I'm just going to play it with 3D, highest brightness, maximum volume and wireless settings on~!
    After all, I can charge it whenever I want. :3
     
  3. KingVamp

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    Just awesome!

    So 3-8 for 3d?
     
  4. void03

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    You can use the DS/DSi charger?
    So you don't need to use the dock then? or you need those to plug it in to the dock? lol
     
  5. Ikki

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    3-8 Without it.
     
  6. heartgold
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    heartgold GBAtemp Psycho!

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    Use the lowest brightness and switch off wireless commuication just maybe it can do beyond 5 hours, if lucky 7/8 hours with 3D on.
     
  7. DiscostewSM

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    I assumed as much that it was with everything on (and brightest) with why they measured it at 3-5 hours. But, what about when playing DS games? I know they gave a number for that already (was it 8 hours?), but if 3DS games can run, with 3D off, for 8 hours, wouldn't you think DS games could be ran longer?
     
  8. Tonitonichopchop

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    I'll just turn wireless off. I don't need that on all the time. I'll probably turn off 3D a lot too.
     
  9. Arnold Schwarzen

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    I think a max battery life of 5 hours utilizing everything seems okay. Nintendo could release a larger capacity battery later on, no?
     
  10. Juanmatron

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    The battery is pretty rat.
     
  11. Veho

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    It's weird. Hardware manufacturers usually give battery life numbers based on the best case scenario. Why would Nintendo give numbers based on the worst case scenario?
     
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  12. heartgold
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    To avoid complaints later on and surprise us? I don't know XD
     
  13. Law

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    That 8 is is probably if you get really lucky. Does turning off 3D even do anything regarding saving power? I thought I read in a previous thread that the framerate would double which would mean the CPU would be doing the same amount of work anyway.
     
  14. heartgold
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    That's what I thought as well, apparently turning off 3D mode does indeed save battery life.

    But hey I thought of something because 3D is limited to 30Fps, if developers up that to 60Fps in 2D then battery will indeed stay the same, however if they keep it to 30Fps in 2D mode then most likely battery life is improved significantly.

    I could be wrong, maybe using 60Fps in 2D mode saves battery life too.
     
  15. DiscostewSM

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    Not really. The GPU is doing twice the work when in 3D mode, but the CPU isn't doing twice the work, only enough extra to send two sets of data to the GPU. The game engine (including mechanics, physics, etc.) continue to run at a constant rate, give or take a little depending on the amount of data it has to work with.
     
  16. koji2009

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    You're wrong... There is no doubling, the 3d isn't interleaved... It's progressive. That means that the system's refresh rate is ALWAYS 60hz... whether 3d is on or off. Whether a game runs at 30 or 60 or 15 fps is all up to the complexity of the game and the developers goal for the game... 3d on or not.
     
  17. Ikki

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    FPS lowering when in 3D mode has been confirmed on an interview.
     
  18. awssk8er

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    I'm a battery whore, so my DSi's wi-fi light is always off (Unless I need it) and the brightness is always on 1/5.

    With the 3DS, I plan on charging it like my phone. Whenever I'm not using it, I'll just drop it on the charging station.
     
  19. DiscostewSM

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    An interview from one company, not from all. If it was true for any application, complex or not, then such a drop would have been noticed and publicized since last year's E3.
     
  20. DeMoN

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    I don't get what's the big deal about this.
    My DS lites only give 3-5 hours at the second the highest brightness setting, while using a flash cart with non-HC microSD. 3DS is reported to be the same. [​IMG]