PlayStation Vita release date and battery life disappoint

By Posted 15 Sep 2011, 11:10

Since Sony first revealed the new PlayStation Vita handheld console there have been many gamers looking forward to the devices release. This is despite some quarters saying such devices were dead now because of the smartphone and tablet markets gaining in popularity. Many have used the example of the Nintendo 3DS that originally struggled when it was released, but may now be on the up. Trouble is the PlayStation release date and battery life may disappoint many potential customers of the device.

Sony has announced the new console will be available to the Japanese market on December 17th, with the rest of the world expected to get the device in the early next year. This will disappoint many gamers who would have liked to have got the device in their hands in time for Christmas, and unless they can import one from Japan they will miss out.

Meanwhile details for the devices battery life have also been revealed by Sony, and this is also likely to be of a disappointment to some as well. The Vita will be powered by a lithium ion battery that will last for three to five hours of gaming. According to IGN.com watching videos the unit will last for five hours and just listening to music or in standby mode it will stay powered for up to nine hours.

After the battery has run down it will take two hours and forty minutes to fully charge it again. Whether this will be enough for some users remains to be seen, and there are always chargers available for certain situations such as being in the car.

Also it is not known if using the device online will further drain the battery but it probably will. Also the 3G version is going to be slightly heavier than the Wi-Fi only model, and will have a SIM card slot. Is the up to five hours battery life for gaming enough for you?