PlayStation Vita battery life: 3-5 hours of gameplay

You'll be able to get 3-5 hours of game playtime out of the PlayStation Vita, Sony has revealed with a new system specs sheet.

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You'll be able to get 3-5 hours of game playtime out of the PlayStation Vita, Sony has revealed with a new system specs sheet. For comparison purposes, the PSP Go has a quoted battery life of 3-6 hours game time. Nintendo's 3DS also has a 3-5 hour quoted battery life.

The spec sheet from Sony Japan (via IGN) also reveals that the snazzy new handheld will have enough battery life for 5 hours of playing video, or about 9 hours of playing audio. The 2200mA lithium ion battery will take 2 hours and 40 minutes to charge, Sony says.

The Vita launches in Japan on December 17, Sony announced this week, but it isn't due in North America and Europe until early next year. The basic Wi-Fi-only model will cost $249.99, while the flashy 3G-enabled version will be $299.99.

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    September 15, 2011 7:30 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, PlayStation Vita battery life: 3-5 hours of gameplay.

    You'll be able to get 3-5 hours of game playtime out of the PlayStation Vita, Sony has revealed with a new system specs sheet.

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      September 15, 2011 7:30 AM

      No thanks.

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      September 15, 2011 7:33 AM

      Which is longer than anyone will play it.

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      September 15, 2011 7:34 AM

      well that's unfortunate I guess. I hope this thing isn't super expensive.

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        September 15, 2011 7:45 AM

        The price was already announced: $249 for wi-fi and $299 for 3G.

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      September 15, 2011 7:35 AM

      and there's the deal breaker

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      September 15, 2011 7:41 AM

      im guessing the 5 hours is being extremely optimistic too...

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      September 15, 2011 7:41 AM

      and by 3-5 they mean 3.

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        September 15, 2011 7:56 AM

        5 if you're playing doom 3

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        September 15, 2011 8:41 AM

        I guess it depends if you use 3G or not.

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      September 15, 2011 7:47 AM

      You guys are complaining, but considering the Vita's performance and the number of options it has going, that's not bad at all. Besides, who plays for that long before getting to somewhere you can plug it in?

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        September 15, 2011 8:09 AM

        I do ... the majority of my handheld game playing is while traveling - airplane (mostly), train, taxi. Any device I buy has to work from the US to London or it's not worth it.

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          September 15, 2011 9:00 AM

          My Aircanada flights to London (and wherever else) have a multi-regional power plug in the headrest next to the entertainment system, so it's fine for me.

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            September 16, 2011 9:33 AM

            My 9 hour flight to Greece had a projection screen in the front of the cabin, and no plugs. It sucked ass.

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        September 15, 2011 8:09 AM

        yes, because i want to always remember to bring my charger with me wherever i go, or buy 2-3 just so i can keep it alive during the day.

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        September 15, 2011 8:25 AM

        it's a portable gaming device that is only portable for 3 hours

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        September 15, 2011 8:43 AM

        That kinda defeats the purpose of a portable to be near a power outlet every 3-5 hours.

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      September 15, 2011 7:51 AM

      * 3 D S ' D *

      well, with better graphics.

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      September 15, 2011 7:52 AM

      You guys are funny. I think the Vita's looking really promising so far and I can't wait to get my hands on one. 3-5 hours of battery is pretty much average for mobile gaming at this point, whether you like it or not. But more importantly, the software lineup is looking pretty strong.

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        September 15, 2011 8:08 AM

        DS was 8-10 i believe, if not longer. That is my standard of measurement, not the iphone.

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          September 15, 2011 8:46 AM

          DS is old gen now. DSi and 3DS were significantly lower.

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            September 15, 2011 9:21 AM

            Yeah, which is why I won't upgrade until the battery life gets to at least 8 hours again.

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        September 15, 2011 8:09 AM

        really? standard? I get a full Chicago to London flight out of both my ipod Touch and iPad.

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          September 15, 2011 8:47 AM

          My Touch runs out of juice after 3 hours of gaming (where the game is actually demanding, like Infinity Blade).

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            September 15, 2011 8:56 AM

            I played Civ Rev the entire flight over ...

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      September 15, 2011 8:01 AM

      http://twitter.com/#!/KazHiraiSCE/status/114138555810459648

      for those without twitter

      @KazHiraiSCE
      Kaz Hirai
      Vita's 3-5 hour battery life is actually pretty long. For example you could easily finish an entire COD single player campaign in that time

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      September 15, 2011 8:07 AM

      Well, that's a pass then. I was so looking forward to buying this too..

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      September 15, 2011 8:26 AM

      Hahahaha!

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      September 15, 2011 8:44 AM

      I'll probably get it anyhow. It's probably about the same as the iphone when you use it to play games.

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        September 15, 2011 8:45 AM

        Also, can the battery be changed?

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      September 15, 2011 8:47 AM

      Why the hate for Vita? I think it looks good and has the ability to do really well.

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        September 15, 2011 8:48 AM

        Uh... the hate for the Vita? People are pissed about the battery life. Same with the 3DS.

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          September 15, 2011 8:56 AM

          some of the above comments were basically slanted at the "i wouldn't even play it for 3 hours" and that doesn't seem like a battery life comment.. more of a i'm not interested in playing it at all comment.. and I'm just curious why

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      September 15, 2011 9:10 AM

      It's disappointing, but it doesn't sound too surprising considering the hardware. I'm not buyi...ooooo Wipeout 2048.

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      September 15, 2011 9:43 AM

      Not surprising. If your smartphone could push 3DS/Vita style graphics, it'd be dead in a few hours as well.

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      September 15, 2011 10:47 AM

      :( Battery tech is so far behind.

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        September 15, 2011 3:42 PM

        This is really the main issue. Things just won't get that much better without a major breakthrough.

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      September 15, 2011 12:35 PM

      just like the Game Gear I see.

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      September 15, 2011 1:43 PM

      I just don't get why they would not put a larger battery in there...they could have designed it to be so....still buying one...

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        September 15, 2011 3:22 PM

        They probably wanted to keep it affordable for us folks, I'm sure if they crammed a 3500mah battery in there the price would go up $50

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          September 15, 2011 4:58 PM

          the thing is, they'll be making so many of these things that I think could have afforded to make a battery that lasted, lets say, 4-7 hours instead 3-5. However, they are going to sell portable charging packs and such to make up for it.....tack on the hidden cost of the console!

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      September 15, 2011 2:09 PM

      This is pretty much the same as the psp portables so who cares... People will hate to hate but it's the damn tech in batteries that's lacking. I think the lack battery tech is on purpose because the day a battery that can be charged full in minutes and lasts for long long hours who needs gas cars...

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      September 15, 2011 2:13 PM

      This thing is more powerful than any smartphone and has battery life that is just as comparable. Running an intense 3D game on my iPhone like Rage or NOVA the battery will only last for 3-4 hrs.

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      September 15, 2011 3:45 PM

      I got this out of my PSP, then bought the extended battery and went 'awwwww yeah'.

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      September 18, 2011 3:41 PM

      This and 3DS (and iphone etc etc) show that the processing and display tech is moving faster than the battery tech.

      Duracell need to step it up!!! Battery times get no better but the power drain is more and more, at least in terms of what a company considers cost effective.

      Nintendo's fault though, no doubt Sony would have stepped it up if they didn't have the safety cushion of the 3DS being 3 hrs.

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