Nintendo gave the world its first official look at Nintendo Switch yesterday morning, but there are still many unanswered questions. Given that the system’s portability is its key selling point, the unanswered question of battery life is particularly crucial. While there’s no official word on the subject, Laura Kate Dale of Let’s Play Video Games has two sources close to the situation who don’t paint a pretty picture.
Dale’s first source is described as “A close source to an internal Nintendo division,” and they are the same source that tipped her off to when the Switch reveal would take place, the content of the reveal, Switch’s use of cartridges, and more. The second source is “A source close to development at a Ubisoft studio,” and they are primarily familiar with Nintendo Switch development kits. This source previously tipped Dale off to the look of the portable device.
The first source has described Nintendo Switch’s battery life as “mediocre.” The second source was more specific, stating that its maximum battery life is only around three hours. While the second source is primarily familiar with the Nintendo Switch dev kit, they do not expect to see a significant change for the finished product.
None of this information is officially confirmed at this time, but Dale’s sources have proven accurate in regards to a variety of Nintendo Switch details already. Kotaku reached out to Nintendo for comment on the subject of battery life, but Nintendo declined to answer directly, stating only that “We are developing Nintendo Switch so that consumers can comfortably enjoy games away from home.”