Details on the battery life and charge time for the Wii U GamePad and Pro Controller have emerged.
Can you play as it charges?
sure, you just plug in the AC adapter to the gamepad and plug it into a wall socket I believe.
Does it come with a charging cable or do you have to buy one separately? If included: 1) is it USB from the console, or via the wall socket? 2) do you know how long the cable is? Thanks in advance :)
Its a wall socket and from what i see its got some length to it. and yes its included
Looks like I'll have to get an extension cable just for hardcore gaming sessions considering my WiiU will be bout 10ft away from me and the nearest outlet is bout 6ft away.
That is okay is Nintendo provides a really long charging cable. But it beats the purpose of wireless controllers. But is 2.5 hours recharge confirmed? Nintendo should really make a new Wiimote model with built in rechargeable batteries. Come on N it's 2012 already.
That's to be expected, With a screen that displays stuff, that is very much in line if I was to say game on my ipod touch. It would need charging in 3-5 hours if I played non stop too. Plus you figure it acts as a wireless controller too, which eats up the battery life. I don't think it will be a problem for everyone because I am sure some people will play with the gamepad plugged in all the time, and others won't be gaming for over 5 hours at a time. I know as a new father (3 month old Son), I won't be putting in the time I used to with my video games. Maybe on the odd occation I will put in a marathon session, but I'll be lucky if I get to play for more than 2 hours. ;)
It may be expect, but it still sucks. As you said most gamers will play with it plugged in, but it's just annoying when things like this happen. Is it not possible for gaming devices to reach 7+ hour battery life anymore. My tablet and my Cell Phone do, so please allow my handheld / controller to.
With the size of it they should have been able to stick any size battery into it that they wanted. They probably went with something relatively small and cheap though.
@Amazingmrbrock Exactly. With the size of the controller, they could have easily put a bigger battery in it. I mean, the controller isn't really doing much. Devices that are less than half the size and do more get better battery life. Nintendo just went cheap in the battery, which is very disappointing.
True but a tablet or phone does all the computing too so I expected a bit more battery life, that doesn't mean I won't be getting a wii u or anything like that just a little disappointed. BTW grats on the new baby!
The pro controller has 80+ hours life..so you won't have to stop "playing" wireless while it recharges in general.
The Pro controller also has a reportedly VERY weak rumble, which is probably one of the reasons why it's got such a long battery life. For some people it may not be a big deal, but for me? i'll pass on it, sadly. I love me some rumble. :(
This is no surprise, I mean really. You can still pug it in,and play. I am sure you can charge while playing.... what do you expect from a basic tablet...when I say basic tablet I mean the console must be on. The Controller is AMAZING if you have not held it in your hands....It feels natural. I think Nintendo May miss the mark this time with the casual gamers this time they want to prove Nintendo is the LEADER as far as games are concerned! Of coarse Sony and Microsoft will FOLLOW...and please they will, but can you plug your Vita in and Play??
" I think Nintendo May miss the mark this time with the casual gamers this time they want to prove Nintendo is the LEADER as far as games are concerned! Of coarse Sony and Microsoft will FOLLOW...and please they will, but can you plug your Vita in and Play??" I'm afraid I don't get it... @ GribbleGrunger The charging cord for the vita is about 10ft in length and of course you can play while it's plugged in, that's been the case since the original PSP.
I think he's referring to the Vita/PS3 combo. The cable is very short for the Vita though.
Cupid_Viper_3, I know you can play whilst it's plugged in but I was thinking more terms of it plugging into the USB port of your PS3. That would cut the length down somewhat. I'm assuming you CAN change it that way... never tried it. It's not ten feet though. It's 7 feet; 3'6" for the USB cable.
Like others have said, this is acceptable. Its not like you'll be taking it anywhere outside your house.
How light is this thing?
weighs 1 pound. As a reference, an iPad weighs about 1.5 pounds. EDIT - really? why am I getting disagrees for saying how heavy the controller is and using a reference for comparison?
Because people are mean and idiotic like that. Every time I see someone getting disagrees just for stating a fact, my heart sinks. Well, at least I gave you an agree. <3
Wireless controller you have to keep plugged in. Innovation at its finest.
Lol, hater alert.
You wanna know a better innovation? N4G's bubble system. *pop*
Says guy with two bubbles.
Im one man bubble and im gonna pop your "bubble" too *pop*
Horrible battery life. If they had included a lithium ion batter and let it charge through USB it would have been fine, but you need to plug it in to a wall socket. Eww.
It is. I hope this thing has a brightness setting. You'd be wise to keep it on low.
wow.. 3-5hrs.. Is this a range dependent figure? Was expecting double that
Not to mention, im sure that Nyko or one of the other 3rd party accessory makers will soon have an extended battery pack out for the GamePad.
yea but at what weight increase?
Seems like a lengthy charge time compared to its usage time. Acceptable usage time though.
Until Nintendo release the console with only the pro pad not this abomination of a so called controller, otherwise I will stay away from it...
Lol @ you. The GamePad is the whole point of the Wii U, so you will never own one, apparently. Well, we don't need more closed minded people like you, anyways. Bye.
Plug it into the wall socket. Bring back memories of me and my Gameboy when I ran out of battery life! 1990 Gameboy 2012 Wii U It must be a part of the Nintendo nostalgia. :)
DAMN 3-5hrs and 2.5 Hrs to recharge???? I can't imagine trying to sit and play for 10 hours in this condition
I can understand. This basicly lets you know how powerful the controller is, IF it's really wireless.
Powerful? It's not even multi touch lol. I'm still getting mine but I'm pretty disappointed with this, my ipad2 is two years old has a shit battery and still gets better gameplay per charge.
Too bad I don't like many iPad games one bit.
You don't need multitouch if you have buttons.
what stragomccloud said is true, no point having the touch if you have buttons to back it up lol and again the controller being powerful, would be the wireless that I'm hoping comes with it. The fact that you can transfer a game from the TV to the controller is the best this thing has to offer, but if it's wireless, then sony got shitted on period
most tablets last for about 10h wifi connected... wtf? its not as if the gamepad would do hard graphical computations, its streaming ffs, this is a disappointment
This is OLD!
Quite a lot less than a tablet, which is usually powering far more interal components. Wouldn't surprise me if they have a 'cheap' battery to keep prices down once they sell the pads separately.
Get two to rotate while ones charging
currently Nintendo has said they arent going to sell the controller seperate because all controllers are going into new systems. There is no release date of extra controllers at this time
The screen controllers are going to be expensive. The other ones that look like 360 controllers will be at a cheaper price. Or well maybe at the 60 price range.
That s a joke, right? I can see Nintendo have found a cunning way to sell their pro controller. I mean , who wants to play todays games with a revolutionary controler that needs 2.5 hours to recharge. Are we back in the 90s. I will still get one but i find that pretty shocking though.
and all it does is stream info! No gpu,cpu, none of that.. What kind of battery is in this thing?!?
Dont get a wiiu is the answer. Simple.it must use a watch battery from donkey kong 80s handheld
3-5 hours only? For real?
Not bad for a controller that has a "screen" plus rumble.
has no one considered the fact that it streams video at 60 fps with only 1/60th of latancy. this wireless transmitter is probably the fastest on market which would take up a lot of power considering 3g and WiFi on phones eat up battery life aswel as screen power plus button power plus NFC transmitter power plus Mic plus sterio speakers plus motion plus ir sensor. all this tech has got to eat power but I bet the wireless transmitter is the big drain on power I mean that thing transmits data lightning fast, faster than anything else I've seen.
yeah but for a gaming device you have to admit, that kinda sucks. Pretty much this thing need to be charged after/during every gaming session. I would rather pay more money for better battery power than have to charge my controler all the time. I hope the ps4 and X720 don't go the touch screen route and just keep the standard game controlers.
Yes. I hope they don't copy Nintendo this time. :D
yavorsy, You dream.
I get better battery life out of my Vita, which is doing ALL the processing for its games. And there's no comparing the screens on the two. The 3DS, PSP, and DS also all have far longer battery lives, and comparable- if not shorter- charge times. So really, what's the excuse again?
Well that is vary disappointing, I was expecting A LOT more.
Why is around 4 hours so bad? I just can't make myself complain... :) And it comes with a charger for the controller AND a cradle for the controller.
So you're implying it isn't bad that you're gonna have to play with wired controller 2.5 hours for every 6.5 hours you play? And I though my DS3 ran out of batteries all the time and it atleast has 20 hours of battery life. This 4 hours battery life pretty much means that you're gonna have to charge it after every time you play if you want to prevent it from running out of the juice on yuor next session.
I guess then it's great I don't have to have it plugged into the console with a cable that's clearly far too small like the PS3. I can't believe you didn't expect the battery life to be this short when the controller projects HD game content on the screen.
@PopRocks359 I would have expected the battery life to be atleast double since the controller only streams the image and doesn't do much more itself. The screen does take a lot off of the battery life I give you that but as previous comments have stated, taking in account the fairly large size of the controller, it seems that there would have been room for larger battery. Well I guess that in the end people will get used to plugging controller in the charger after every gaming session, just like we have gotton used to charging our phones every day.
"I can't believe you didn't expect the battery life to be this short when the controller projects HD game content on the screen. " no offence but sorry thats a load of bull, why couldn't they just put in a bigger battery ? seriously. I know your excited for the WII U and I don't mean to bring you down but thats a huge flaw, who wants to play with cord in your way all the time anymore. "I guess then it's great I don't have to have it plugged into the console with a cable that's clearly far too small like the PS3. " Yeah, but! the PS3 controller last 10x longer, and its far more cheaper to afford to buy other ps3 controller, where as the Wii U game pad is far more expensive and wont be avalible for purchase right away.
@Getowned Explain to me which device that doesn't cost nearly a fortune runs on exceptional battery life for that kind of game content? The 3DS and the Vita have similar battery life. Those devices are meant to be taken on the go where charging them would be far more challenging. I have spare ports on every wall in my room. Charging the controller will hardly be an issue for me. The PS3 controller does BUTTON inputs. In this day and age that's hardly taxing as far as electrical engineering goes. The Pro controller for the Wii U lasts an approximate 80 hours on a single charge. "who wants to play with cord in your way all the time anymore." Anyone on here who has ever complained about the Wii U gamepad and praised the corded Gamecube controller.
Looks to me like nintendo is taking a page from apple and end up releasing a slew of accessories to compensate for this charging fiasco. By christmas we'll see charging bundles i'm sure, consisting of "super chargers" extension cords and alike....(and yes, i'm well aware that nintendo has been milking accessories since the 1st gameboy, so u might say apple took a page from them; but now nintendo is looking to get their milking throne back.)
So no Online gaming or RPG's...but no one would use this controller to play online games or RPG's lmao