IGN - How Good is the PS Vita's Battery Life?

IGN - At long last, the PS Vita has arrived (in Japan, anyway), and with it our first extensive look at the retail-grade hardware. IGN was fortunate enough to import a few units from the country of origin and start providing our hands-on impressions of the launch titles, how-to guides, hardware tests and soon, a full review of the device itself.

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MasterCornholio2496d ago

2 hours to charge and around 4 hours and 44 minutes of playtime. That's not bad at all for such a powerful device.


Gr812496d ago

Actually that is horrible. Great piece of tech, very nice design and obviously a lot of horse power but damn that battery life sucks. Maybe a smidgen better than 3DS' battery life but that's not saying much.

Caleb_1412496d ago (Edited 2496d ago )

It's not horrible at all considering what you get out of it - all I need to think of is playing Uncharted Golden Abyss for nearly 5 hours on a train and i'm sold.

Don't see why people are grilling Sony over it not having a larger battery life, it's more than enough. If you really want to play it on a flight to Hong Kong from the UK or US then get another battery or the extra battery pack, the battery life atm is more than enough for conventional useage - I mean how often do you catch a 12 hour flight to Hong Kong?

Tanir2496d ago (Edited 2496d ago )

Arius, considering the 3ds is far weaker and still has less battery life is actually saying alot

besides, who the hell plays for more than 5 hours straight on a hand held? I dont even do tthat on consoles -_-. If your gonna be playin that long ur likely going to be at home on ur bed so u can charge it while u eat lunch or somethin.

if laptops dont last 5 hours why should a hand held thats doing more last longer?

laps all you do is browser and they shut off in 1.5 hours unless you have one of those newer crazy batteries

Death2496d ago

Having a battery life that lasts longer than the best selling handheld is fantastic. Having a battery life that lasts longer on a much more powerful handheld is extraordinary.


blumatt2496d ago

It's not Sony's fault that battery technology hasn't caught up with processing technology. One of these days we might have a big leap in battery technology where we can stick a battery in a device and not have to replace it for months, but until then, Sony had to go with what was available and cost effective. I'm pretty sure Sony could have stuck a laptop battery in the thing and it last for 20+ hours, but then you all would be complaining about the thing weighing 5+ pounds and it costing $400.

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NukaCola2496d ago (Edited 2496d ago )

That is fine for what it does. My PC won't run more than 3 hours unplugged. I think people don't catch it's a portable gaming system. It's not hear for continuous play all the time. Play it a couple hours, charge it. Play it plugged in, take it on the go fully charged. I think for what it does, you get a solid battery. The charge time is a bit slower than I wuld want but 4-5 hours is more than enough time. I always take my chargers everywhere I go.

Yeah it could be better but for what this beast does it's pretty impressive. It's like how Alienware laptops tear through battery life like no other. It's extremely powerful. I do agree that a better battery is wanted, but I don't think it's horrible.

To be fair, the Gameboy played games only and did nothing more. Plus it was processing KB at a time, not running multiple quadcore processors, voice chatting on 3G while remote playing and listening to music too..That is a severe strain. Maybe someday in the future there will be a super battery, hopefully one that last days.
-I think if I were on a flight that lasted more than a few hours, I would also sleep and watch the in flight movie, play on my Laptop a bit or doing something else too. I think 4 hours of gaming would be good enough and I would probably plug my Vita into the PC and feed off of that as well.

BC2496d ago

I gotta agree with Arius Dion.

That's pretty bad, handled console are portable systems, battery life should be one of the top priorities imo. If I'm on a train or plane going on a trip and the battery is gonna last me only 3-4 hours what's the point?

Although it was using batteries my Gameboy Color lasted one full week when I went to Florida on a vacation years ago. And now with all these advancements with technology we can't even get a handled system that has 8-10 hours of gameplay on it, really?

JoeReno2496d ago (Edited 2496d ago )

4hrs and 40mins of play time is enough to get you from the east coast to the west in the US. Yeah, your not going to make it from LA to paris with one charge, but for most it will do. Some planes now have plugs that you can charge devices on, or if you have a layover on a crazy flight to Japan grab a wall socket. No biggie.

Death2496d ago

You are comparing a Gameboy to a Vita? That's like struggling to understand why a vita game takes up more space than a Gameboy game or wondering why Sony can't squeeze all those flashy colors it can display onto a monochromatic display with no backlight. Yeah, you are comparing battery life, but you are completely disregarding everything that affects them.


BC2496d ago

I'm not trying to make any comparison guys, I'm just saying handheld console makers are not considering battery life anymore like they used to with older handheld consoles.

It's obvious you can play Pokemon Red longer than PS Vita's UMVC3.

Biggest2496d ago

You really make no sense. Handheld makers didn't consider battery life the way you're trying to make it seem. There was one choice for battery then. There were limited choices in ways to use that one battery choice. If you want the battery life of a Gameboy, get a Gameboy. Don't blame handheld makers for your insistence on living in the 90's.

kingPoS2495d ago (Edited 2495d ago )

I'm pretty sure there are devices with similar specs and better run time. But guess what? those devices problem cost upwards of $1000 & more.

Am I wrong.???

PS. Military grade tech ain't cheap either. O_o

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cpayne932496d ago

I think it's fine personally. Kind of an inconvenience, but I can't imagine wanting to use it longer than that most days.

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CynicalVision2496d ago

Better than I expected, when I'm out I rarely have that much time without doing anything anyway.

I'm probably not the only person who will be using this system more at home than anywhere else.

pr0digyZA2496d ago

Ye I don't travel often or far enough to really care about the battery life, I will be using this on the couch.

Series_IIa2496d ago

Batteries just can't keep up with todays technology, you either sacrifice capacity for compactability or give it an obscenely large hump on the battery compartment to house a large battery.

My old phone lasted around 4 days of constant use, my Galaxy SII is moaning for power after 8-9 hour even after not using it much...

Cablephish2496d ago

I heard that battery technology advances at a much slower pace than everything else, and I think that's something a lot of people aren't taking into account.

turnerdc2496d ago (Edited 2496d ago )

Hmmmmmm, it's not horrible but it's not amazing either. Considering the new quad core Tegra 3 can last over 10 hours on a single charge, I was hoping for a little bit more from the device. Nonetheless for what it is it's not bad.

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