Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


E3: Wii U GamePad: 3-5 hours battery, 2.5 hours to charge


4:30 PM on 06.05.2012
E3: Wii U GamePad: 3-5 hours battery, 2.5 hours to charge photo



Nintendo spent the bulk of its E3 2012 press briefing on the Wii U, focusing on a glossy black version of the hardware in addition to the white console and GamePad that were unveiled a year ago. We still don't have more precise hardware specifications for the console than the information Nintendo gave out last year, but the company released some details on the GamePad today.

The GamePad weighs in at about 1.10 pounds (500 g), a bit lighter than any of Apple's various iPad models, and measures -- protrusions aside -- approximately 10.06 inches (W) × 5.25 inches (H) × 1.61 inches (D). It features a 6.2-inch non-multitouch screen with a 16:9 (widescreen) aspect ratio, although the display's exact resolution remains a mystery.

Motion-sensing technology inside consists of an accelerometer, gyroscope, and a geomagnetic sensor. The unit also boasts a front-facing camera (resolution unknown), microphone, stereo sound, rumble functionality, a sensor bar and stylus, and a Near-Field Communication (NFC) chip.

1

A rechargeable lithium-ion battery serves as the wireless GamePad's power source, but you might actually be spending a lot of time playing games with the unit's AC adapter plugged into an outlet. According to hardware details available on Nintendo of Japan's website -- information that, curiously, Nintendo of America omitted from its E3 site -- the GamePad's battery takes about two and a half hours to charge, and depending on the screen's brightness setting, lasts between three and five hours on a full charge.

For reference, that's about how long the PlayStation Vita's battery lasts during gameplay. The GamePad has a lot of technology packed into it, but it's not actually processing gameplay; instead, the image on its screen is streamed from the Wii U console. Here's hoping the unit's charging cable isn't short or proprietary.

Check out some photos of both the black and white Wii U hardware in the gallery below.

Nintendo All-Access @ E3 2012 [Nintendo of America]
E3 2012 - Wii U [Nintendo of Japan]

E3: Wii U GamePad: 3-5 hours battery, 2.5 hours to charge photo
E3: Wii U GamePad: 3-5 hours battery, 2.5 hours to charge photo
E3: Wii U GamePad: 3-5 hours battery, 2.5 hours to charge photo
E3: Wii U GamePad: 3-5 hours battery, 2.5 hours to charge photo
E3: Wii U GamePad: 3-5 hours battery, 2.5 hours to charge photo
E3: Wii U GamePad: 3-5 hours battery, 2.5 hours to charge photo





Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.







Controllers

11:30 AM on 01.27.2015
Xbox One controllers will kinect to the system *twice as fast*

Hoo boy. The Xbox One is a precision machine, baby. That $100 million controller, too. Not content with the two and half years it took to develop it, Microsoft is still tinkering. Members of the Xbox Preview Program can snag ...more



10:00 AM on 01.09.2015
PDP's Mortal Kombat X pad looks like a SEGA Genesis controller

I've always wanted a fight stick more for arcade nostalgia than any legitimate fighting game purposes. This gamepad from PDP, specifically designed for Mortal Kombat X, elicits some nostalgia as well, as it's basically an as...more



8:00 PM on 12.25.2014
Contest: Win a PlayStation TV and an Xbox One controller courtesy of Titan One!

To celebrate the news that their Titan One cross-compatibility device now offers full support for Sony's PlayStation TV, our friends at ConsoleTuner are offering up a PlayStation TV, Xbox One controller, and Titan One adapter...more



View all Controllers






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more