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Thankfully, there are still some steps users can take to increase the longevity of the 3DS battery, such as turning off the wireless functionality (when it's not needed). Perhaps the most important of the power-saving options, though, is the system's "power save mode." Employing a technology called "active backlight," this feature "precisely controls the brightness of the backlight according to the brightness of the screen being displayed," Umezu explained. "When the screen as a whole is dark, the backlight itself gets darker, which saves power."

The energy savings offered by the power save mode should make it a requisite for every 3DS player. "With the backlight set to the brightest level and the power save mode turned off, battery duration was about three hours," Umezu said. "But if you use the power save mode under the same conditions, it gets about 10–20 percent longer." That's almost an extra half hour you could spend grooming your Nintendog ... or cat!
http://www.joystiq.com/2011/01/28/ni...e-illuminated/
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I think three hours are too little, but if you can raise it, it's a nice addition.
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Three hours is pretty god awful.
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Wonder how much better the psp2's battery life will be.
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Three hours? No thanks.

That's completely unacceptable. I was thinking about buying one, but if the battery life is that low, no way.
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I think three hours are too little, but if you can raise it, it's a nice addition.
Agree, three hours (or even 3.5 hours) is pretty awful. But as I've said in other posts, the fact that the 3DS is bringing something completely new to the gaming table (glasses-free 3D), I'm still excited about this and will be getting one.

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Wonder how much better the psp2's battery life will be.
They say it will be longer, right? IIRC, I thought I saw five-ish hours posted somewhere here? Which seems odd, given the claims of "PS3-level power"...seems like that would be a heavy power draw, yes? If true though, that seems perfectly reasonable battery life to me (not that I wouldn't prefer more, and expect future revisions to offer more!)

But regardless, PSP2 (or NGP, I think they're calling it now?) just doesn't excite me because it's more of the same, just with better graphics and horsepower. That's fine for a lot of people, but I've been on that treadmill for 20+ years...I need more to get worked up about new platforms these days.
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You sir got a point there.

I'm getting 3DS because the same, 3D is awesome. I own GBC, GBASP, DS and DSLite because Nintendo never ceases improving both gameplay and immersion. And wiht 3DS they seem to have hitted the nail.

PSP2, as you said, falls in the MOAR POWAH trend, which tbh I start to be sick of.

by the way, I'm sure someone's gonna release an additional flat battery pack that fits perfectly under the console. Maybe 2000mAh pack that adds another 6h?

I don't discard making one ghetto rig'd if no one manufactures it wholesale.
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My old Gameboy Advance had like 15 hours of battery life. I remember barely ever having to charge it when playing Pokemon for hours on end as a kid.
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Originally Posted by Shrimp View Post
My old Gameboy Advance had like 15 hours of battery life. I remember barely ever having to charge it when playing Pokemon for hours on end as a kid.
Your GBA had several orders of magnitude less processing power than these as well. Battery improvements just haven't/can't keep up with other tech improvements and probably never will.
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Agree, three hours (or even 3.5 hours) is pretty awful. But as I've said in other posts, the fact that the 3DS is bringing something completely new to the gaming table (glasses-free 3D), I'm still excited about this and will be getting one.


But are you really excited about the 3D?
IMO - the 3D probably isn't going to be that great. I haven't seen it first hand so I can't pass judgement, but honestly it can't be that great if it's glasses free. The glasses free 3D TVs that are still being demoed produce a much more low-end 3D effect than with glasses. Just because the screen is smaller I can't see that making the effect better. And if you're going to be gaming on the go, I can't see 3D even being good. The viewing angle, previews have said, are stupidly bad. You have to look at the 3DS head on to get the 3D effect. On the go - that's nearly impossible without being stationary and in a good seat.

I don't mean to sound like I'm knocking the 3DS. I'm knocking the 3D of the 3DS.
I plan on getting the 3DS, trying the 3D, and most likely turning it off forever. Turning it off for several games produces better graphics.That and more battery life it seems as well. Resident Evil Revelations will get improved AA and other graphical effects, while games like Dead or Alive get increased frame rates (60 FPS). The same thing with console games and some games on the PC as well except when you get them in 3D - you get better 3D effects.
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