Sony details PlayStation Vita battery life

By on September 16, 2011, 12:52 PM

Sony has announced the estimated battery life for their next-generation handheld entertainment device at the Tokyo Game Show. Known as PlayStation Vita, the portable is capable of three to five hours of gaming, five hours of video playback and nine hours of music playback, courtesy of a 2,200 mAh battery.

CNET reports that the figures above are based on a default brightness setting, which is assumed to be somewhere in the middle of the highest and lowest setting. Additionally, Bluetooth was disabled and Wi-Fi was not utilized when calculating these estimates. Sony claims it will take two hours and 40 minutes to fully recharge Vita’s battery.

The publication notes that playback times are similar to Nintendo’s 3DS portable which boasts three to five hours of game time with 3D enabled and up to eight hours of original DS title playback.

Expected in Japan later this year and the US and Europe in early 2012, the Vita is packed with an ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor, SGX543MP4 + GPU, 512MB of main RAM and 128MB of video RAM. The capacitive OLED touchscreen features a resolution of 960 x 544 with 16 million colors and is centered between gaming controls on either side of the device.

There are two cameras on the handheld. The front shooter is capable of 120 FPS at 320 x 240 (QVGA) while the rear can do 60 FPS at 640 x 480 (VGA). GPS is available if you opt for the more expensive 3G model and Wi-Fi is available across the board.

Pricing for the Wi-Fi only model is $249 while the 3G variant can be had for $299.




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Guest said:

Hope it flops. **** Sony.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

Play times isn't bad but that is a pretty brutal recharge time.

dotVezz said:

Okay, I'm tired of the sony-hating. Seriously.

Also, I want a PSVita. Because it looks like it will be really fun.

Zilpha Zilpha said:

Okay, I'm tired of the sony-hating. Seriously.

Also, I want a PSVita. Because it looks like it will be really fun.

Seriously. Go check out the Currently Active Topics, look for one that has the words "Sony" and "PSN terms" and "Class Action Lawsuits" in the title, and then come back here with that exasperated remark as if people have no reason to be disappointed with Sony.

Guest said:

theres not nearly as much sony hating as there is nintendo hating from sony fanboys. lol. but, being a 60% nintendo and 40% sony fanboy in the handheld department, i dont hope this flops as i will be getting one to play along with my 3ds. XD i just hope there is a trade-in special for the psp 3000... $75 or $100 off would be stupendous.

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

That's a rip-off 3-5 hours of gaming is just not enough for a handheld device that you take with you when you leave and come back home 8-9 hours later, it's just not worth it for 250...Even the 3ds, without 3d enabled I have personally gotten 10 hours playing ds games on. They should have charged 300 and put a beast of a battery in it.

Guest said:

STOP hating on SONY you vampires. VITA for the win! Day 1 purchase for this beast.

Jibberish18 said:

Dude that's actually REALLY bad. I mean it has a quad core Cortex A9, FINE, two more cores but it also doesn't have battery sucking 2g/3g signals engaging it all of the time and the OS should be completely tuned and optimized for that Cortex A9 and you still get that sort of battery life? Damn.

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

3-5 hours is pretty terrible, that's only enough for a short haul flight or a couple of days play on the subway. Even worse is the recharge time, that probably means you will leave it plugged in overnight which will most likely mess up the battery even more.

Bit of a letdown, I was actually looking forward to this.

Guest said:

I was interested until Sony's recent change that requires you to give up your civil rights (right to join a class action) before you can use PSN. To me this is Sony saying, "Yes we want you to trust us with your credit card details, but you must give up your rights to sue us if we mess it all up again".

Any portable game console that requires you to give up your civil rights to use, I can happily ignore. Anyway aren't smart phones where all the fun stuff is now in the handheld space?

R3DP3NGUIN R3DP3NGUIN said:

A handheld gaming console with PS3 level experience (ie graphics) beats anyhand held console in my books.

I cant stand horrible graphics in games, but thats just me.

so for the PS Vita its clearly a steal whether you hate sony or not.

NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

I'm sticking with earlier PSP models until any exploits come out for this. I might just get one beforehand though just to avoid some problems later on if an exploit is discovered...

Guest said:

Quit bitching everyone. Every company has disappointing faults...

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Default brightness is "between highest and lowest setting". Finally the answer to the biggest mystery of the vita.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Guest said:

I was interested until Sony's recent change that requires you to give up your civil rights (right to join a class action) before you can use PSN.

Your right to refuse purchase and their right to do business as they please. Liberty prevails.

chaboi390 said:

spydercanopus said:

Default brightness is "between highest and lowest setting". Finally the answer to the biggest mystery of the vita.

I know aye.

Jibberish18 said:

Guest said:

Quit bitching everyone. Every company has disappointing faults...

Anyone here, including you, can ***** AS MUCH as they damn well please. It's their hard earned cash that will be buying a Vita and consumer expect certain things out of their devices. One is being able to play it more than 3-5 (a pretty big ******* difference # there) hours a day.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

At least with my PSP I had the option of throwing a higher density battery in, or having multiple standard batteries charged and ready for long flights. If I recall correctly, the pre-production Vita did not have a user-accessible battery... Anyone know if that's still the case on the final product?

aj_the_kidd said:

Guest said:

Quit bitching everyone. Every company has disappointing faults...

Considering people are bitching about the poor battery life of a MOBILE DEVICE, its a valid point. I think most people were expecting at least double. Plus this is a forum, bitching is to be expected

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