Friday, September 16, 2011

Battery Life for the PlayStation Vita Revealed

PlayStation VitaIf you are a traveling businessman or somebody who just finds themselves constantly on the road, then you know what a toll traveling can take. All that traveling and working is very strenuous on the mind and body which is why it is ok to take a break every now and then. All work and no play isn't going to cut it for most people, but what do you use to take the edge off in those stressful times? Movies? Music? Games? How about all of the above? Well, with the upcoming PlayStation Vita handheld gaming system, you can do just that.

The PlayStation Vita is Sony's successor to its popular PSP handheld device and the company's answer to the current champions of the handheld market, Nintendo's DS and 3DS devices. The PlayStation Vita brings a lot of new and interesting features to the handheld market including HD games and a fully functioning touchpad located on the back of the device. Like most handheld devices, the PlayStation Vita allows you to play games, watch videos or even listen to music while on the road. But the big question on everybody's mind is how long the battery lasts.

Well, Sony has finally released that information and it is up to you to determine if the stats are worth the wait and price of this new handheld. The company held a press conference on Wednesday at the Tokyo Game Show detailing many aspects of the PlayStation Vita. According to Sony, the PS Vita is capable of 3 to 5 hours of gaming, 5 hours of video playback or 9 hours of music playback on the device's 2,200 mAh battery.

However, these numbers only hold true if you use the device in a certain manner. These numbers are based on using the device on the default brightness level, which is probably around half, with Bluetooth and WiFi both disabled. Altering any of those aspects will affect the overall battery life of the device and it takes a full 2 hours and 40 minutes to charge the device completely from 0% battery. However, these numbers are pretty close to those put up by Nintendo's 3DS, which offers 3 to 5 hours of playtime with the 3D effect enabled or 8 hours of standard DS gaming.

In case you don't already know, the PS Vita has an OLED screen, ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor, SGX543MP4 + GPU, 512MB of RAM and 128MB of video RAM. Among the other built-in features you will find front and rear facing cameras, speakers, a microphone, accelerometer, gyro-sensor, GPS, Wi-Fi and a 3G version as well.

The PlayStation Vita will launch in Japan this year and in the United States sometime early 2012.

Source: CNET - Sony reveals PlayStation Vita battery life

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