Vita's External Battery is a Brilliant Move

Heath Hindman of PSLS goes through the pros and cons of the Vita having an external battery pack, saying, "The simple fact of the matter is that the Vita is a mother loving powerful machine. Systems that powerful need more — wait for it — power to operate. I mean cripes, the little bugger can run Killzone 3, and I just played the impressive-looking Uncharted: Golden Abyss last week. A battery to power that thing for much more than the three-to-five hours would add a noticeable amount to either the physical size/weight of it, or worse, add to the cost."

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iamnsuperman2519d ago (Edited 2519d ago )

"Consider the netbook. It’s a trimmed-down laptop that has most of the key functions of such a computer. It’s a bit small in terms of keyboard and screen size, but it can do your emailing, downloading, music playing, word processing, video streaming, and other functions without a problem. You can get a decent one for less than $400. Those models do, however, usually come with a low-end processor, less RAM than a comparable laptop, lack of any disc drive, and other such snips; you won’t be playing Skyrim on the common netbook"

Not sure what this has to do with anything. Netbook sales were struggling and the impact of tablets made them obsolete even though they are practically the same thing (This phases will pass in my opinion). You pay more for a netbook because it is small. It is expensive to fit things in small packages.

The charger is a good idea (especially for business) if it is like the iphone ones. Small compact and gives many more hours but should have a universal charger to it (mini USB) to take advantage of the ones already out there

"The lack of an expensive battery strong enough to give something like the Vita longer life helps Sony keeps the cost low, and size just a bit smaller, both of which make the device more appealing to the modern consumer." I really do not think they exist. Battery tech is evolving but not as fast as the functionality tech. Keeping cost low is a good idea for the modern consumer but who are the modern consumer for the Vita? The hardcore who play games a lot? Yes. The casual who play every so often? No. So battery life is a big factor for the demographic. The battery pack is a nice add on but it needs to more universal so other battery packs can be bought. But I have a funny suspicion it will be a unique charger. The Vita is not like the ipod/iphone with immense casual popularity where a lot of third parties ave made a lot of cheap but good battery packs.

knifefight2519d ago

"Not sure what this has to do with anything. Netbook sales were struggling and the impact of tablets made them obsolete..."
If you read too deeply into any comparison, you'll eventually find inconsistencies between the two. The greater point was at the end of that paragraph: "The more features and more power you want, the more you’ve got to spend, and that’s just life."

I do greatly prefer a netbook or laptop to a tablet though. I need a real keyboard and don't care much for touchscreens ^^;. Just psychological I guess.

gogospeedracer2519d ago

This is considered a brilliant move? Come one people, isn't this ridiculous?
That's like buying a coffee maker that runs via hand crank. You know, to save on production costs!

Use your brain Playstation-life-style!

Not a brilliant move!

decimalator2519d ago

They didn't take out the battery, and REQUIRE you to use an external battery. They give the option of having an external battery for users who need to be able to play longer without plugging in. And by not including a larger battery, making the device more bulky, they kept the price low which should help to spread adoption and bite into Nintendos market share.

Now, if they had required you to be plugged in to play your mobile gaming console, or didn't include a builtin battery and REQUIRED an external battery -- that would be something to get angsty about.

CynicalVision2519d ago

My question is how does the external battery connect to the Vita? It can't clip onto the back because of the touch-pad, so where does it go?

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iamnsuperman2519d ago (Edited 2519d ago )

be similar to the Iphone ones. Just plugs in. I think it is at the bottom . Maybe via USB like Ps3thebest said. Battery packs are not new and they do not need to attach to the device.

CynicalVision2519d ago

So it'll just dangle from the Vita? Hmm I'm not sure I like that.

Hozi2519d ago

Even if it dangles, you can just pocket the Battery pack while you play. I love the extra option to get more game time.

Ddouble2519d ago (Edited 2519d ago )

it's a portable charger that can charge the vita twice fully not an external battery so to speak.

Ju2519d ago (Edited 2519d ago )

You guys behave like this is a requirement. Come on now. Battery duration is not much less than the PSP and that was does NOT offer an external battery charger (well, it might work with later models using USB to charge). And there were no complains. Now Sony offers this as a feature and - as usually - the rant begins.

felonycarclub2519d ago

you couldn't have said it any better, people are always going to hate

stormeagle62519d ago

After the 3DS battery life, I would say yeah, something like this is a requirement.

Baka-akaB2519d ago (Edited 2519d ago )

I dont get the fuss .
It's either , the same old batteries that run almost the same as a couple of years back.

Or same old battery + the option of an external one if you care .

Choosing the second option is easy

BigWoopMagazine2519d ago

pretty much. I like having options, so it sounds good to me.

Friendly_fiend2519d ago

Maybe u connect it via USB and pop the external charger in ur pocket ot ur bag. Problem solved!!!

CynicalVision2519d ago

Depends on how big the wire is, right? Also that would mean having two cables running from the device, one for the headphones and one for the charger...great, I'll be a walking cyborg.

Undeadwolfy2519d ago (Edited 2519d ago )

I like that idea lol, the cyborg bit. Carry a katana and you can be Raiden from MGS4 ^^

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