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GamePad battery life lasts 3-5 hours, takes 2.5 hours to recharge

Details on the battery life and charge time for the Wii U GamePad and Pro Controller have emerged.

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N61604d ago

Can you play as it charges?

Neonridr1604d ago

sure, you just plug in the AC adapter to the gamepad and plug it into a wall socket I believe.

G20WLY1604d ago

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 :)

Dr_Salvitor1604d ago

Its a wall socket and from what i see its got some length to it. and yes its included

camel_toad1604d ago

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.

miyamoto1603d ago (Edited 1603d ago )

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.

Neonridr1604d ago

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. ;)

ABizzel11604d ago

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.

Amazingmrbrock1604d ago

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.

Nick_5151604d ago

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.

zgoldenlionz1604d ago (Edited 1604d ago )

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!

Moonman1604d ago

The pro controller has 80+ hours you won't have to stop "playing" wireless while it recharges in general.

deafdani1603d ago

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. :(

1upgamer991604d ago

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??

Cupid_Viper_31604d ago (Edited 1604d ago )

" 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.

GribbleGrunger1604d ago

I think he's referring to the Vita/PS3 combo. The cable is very short for the Vita though.

GribbleGrunger1604d ago (Edited 1604d ago )

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.

ronin4life1604d ago

Like others have said, this is acceptable. Its not like you'll be taking it anywhere outside your house.

Oh_Yeah1604d ago

How light is this thing?

Neonridr1604d ago (Edited 1604d ago )

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?

deafdani1603d ago

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