The Switch Battery Performs Fairly Well Against Other Devices
Ever since the reveal of the Nintendo Switch and its hybrid nature, one of the biggest questions on people's minds has been, "But how long will the battery last in portable mode?" If the device is capable of running console-quality games on the go as well as at home, then it's understandable that this would be a concern. When the numbers were officially brought up by Nintendo, who claimed that it would last 3-6 hours depending on what you were playing, some were concerned.
It turns out that this lifespan actually isn't too bad when compared against various other devices. While 3 hours certainly doesn't seem like a lot for a portable device, this is a sort of "worst case scenario" assuming you're playing a more high end game. The folks at FamilyGamerTV decided to do a little battery test of their own though to be sure — their biggest test yet. They put the Switch up against the likes of iPads, Game Boys, the Vita, the PSP, the DS, 3DS, etc. Each device had its brightness turn up as high as it would go and all forms of connectivity turned on — wifi, bluetooth, the works. As there are no games that run on every single device, each was simply left turned on, awake, under these conditions.
The result? The Switch actually out-performed the majority of these devices, dying out at 5 hours and 12 minutes. Obviously it's wise to take this test with a grain of salt, as most of these devices are older and used heavily, so they won't be in the tip-top shape that the shiny new Switch is, but it serves as a good guidepost regardless. If you're interested in a more practical battery lifespan, internally we found that Breath of the Wild would run on the Switch for about 3 and a half hours, though Nintendo claims that this will be longer with games that are less intensive.
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