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Switch handheld battery lasts over 3 hours playing Zelda

Nintendo's Switch handheld can play Zelda: Breath of the Wild for over three hours on a full charge

By Derek Strickland on Feb 26, 2017 10:15 pm CST - 12 mins, 19 secs reading time

YouTubers and press have gotten their hands-on early Nintendo Switch consoles, and now the million dollar question has been answered: the Switch can play Zelda: Breath of the Wild on-the-gomore than three hours on a full charge.

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Nintendo has confirmed that the Switch's battery can last anywhere from 2.5 to six hours on a full charge while in handheld or tabletop mode depending on the game and mode. The Switch's internal 4310mAh battery takes 3 hours to fully recharge, and Nintendo estimated that the Switch would last about 3 hours while playing demanding games like Breath of the Wild.

It turns out that Nintendo's estimates were spot-on. YouTuber Arekkz conducted a quick Switch handheld battery life test and concluded that we can play Breath of the Wild for approximately 3 hours, 2 minutes and 52 seconds with a full charge. This is almost three minutes longer than Nintendo's battery life estimates.

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So there you have it, folks: the Switch is able to maintain longer playtime due to its efficient power scaling while in the Mobile Mode, even while churning out 720p gaming. As we've reported, the Nintendo Switch scales back its GPU performance while in handheld or tabletop mode as to conserve battery life and reduce heat.

Sadly we weren't able to get our hands-on an early Switch console, so you'll have to wait until the console drops on March 3 before we have our content ready. But rest assured: it is coming, and I for one am super excited to be part of Nintendo's new revolutionary push.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Derek Strickland

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements, whether it's VR with the Oculus Rift or Augmented Reality. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the technology that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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