The Nintendo Switch had a very big premiere on Thursday night (or Friday morning depending on where you are in the world), and revealed some pretty big things. First off, they showed off a wide variety of titles that are coming within the next year. They also showed off the way the Switch can be played, along with accessories that’ll go along with it. But, one thing that is a point of contention, is the battery life when the Nintendo Switch goes mobile.
For those who don’t recall, the beauty of the Switch is when you can take it off of the TV port, and literally play a console game on the go. Because of this, it runs on a battery, one that obviously has a limit, and for some fans, it’s not a long enough limit. According to Nintendo, the Switch’s battery will last between 2.5-6 hours depending on the title.
What does that mean? Well, if it’s a high-end title like Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild, which takes a lot to play, it’ll run on the lower end of the spectrum. Also, online play would affect the battery life because it’s taking other players into account.
Yet, despite the variance in life, people are saying Nintendo has failed because it’s not like 10 hours long per play session. However, many have come to Nintendo’s defense in saying that battery technology is notoriously terrible, and that it’s not their fault they can only go so long. In fact, the 6 hour max time is much longer than the Wii U Gamepad, and the 3DS, and also, the Nintendo Switch controller has the ability to charge on the go via an adapter, whereas with the Gamepad and 3DS, you needed a special stand.
It’s not hard to see why they’re complaining they see 2.5 hours and think “that’s not a long gaming session!”, but to be fair, that’s still pretty long, and again, between the charger and the TV port, you can still play games all day long via the Nintendo Switch, you just have to be a little more strategic on where you play it as time goes on.