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    Default Lifetime of Save Batteries

    My Saturn battery dies every year. You can set your calendar by it. My Dreamcast battery is also long dead, but Iíve never changed it.

    So why does my copy of Phantasy Star, which is almost 30 years old, still save? Does it not use a battery? It seems to be working fine.

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    In case of Saturn the problem is the RTC, it just isn't power efficient. If you disconnected the RTC from the battery and only left save memory to it you also get a decade of life out the battery (but have to set clock and stuff again all time). Dreamcast has a similar thing going on but you have a rechargeable battery in it and it stays ok as long as you actually use the machine.
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    It seems the battery in Phantasy Star will outlive me then.

    Has anyone had Phantasy Star's battery go flat? A quick search tells me no.

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    Iím pretty sure that my PC from 2002 would still have the clock and calendar right without the internet. I believe my Amiga does as well.
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    So how long will they last, if anyone knows? 40 years? 50?

    EDIT: So according to this, they should last about 70 years. Maybe when the cartridge hits 60 years old, I'll replace the battery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blades View Post
    It seems the battery in Phantasy Star will outlive me then.

    Has anyone had Phantasy Star's battery go flat? A quick search tells me no.
    Does PSIV count? That died on me. Also Legend of Zelda died on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Lizard View Post
    Does PSIV count? That died on me. Also Legend of Zelda died on me.
    When did they fail?

    I had a Sonic 3 cartridge once that didn't save, but that didn't even have a battery. I guess it was just broken.

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    I had a Shining Force II battery die on me a few years ago. Phantasy Star on the Master System is still going strong though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blades View Post
    When did they fail?

    I had a Sonic 3 cartridge once that didn't save, but that didn't even have a battery. I guess it was just broken.
    Like 2 or 3 years ago. Also have had a ton of Gameboy games with dead batteries.

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    My copy of Super Mario World which I bought second hand in 1998 it still has my saves and the original owners save on it. So 27 year old save file?

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