PS Vita reviews cite battery life as problem

By Alan Ng - Dec 29, 2011

If you are planning to pick up a US or EU version of the Sony PS Vita when it launches in February, there’s a high chance that you are keeping a close eye on the feedback regarding early reviews for the Japanese model which is already available to buy.

The good news, is that the PS Vita is looking like a solid addition to Sony’s PlayStation family, with many positive aspects including a very healthy launch lineup awaiting all EU and US buyers. However, from the collection of reviews that have already been published for Sony’s latest handheld, it appears that the biggest problem attached to the device is one which many gamers were worried about as soon as the Vita was announced – battery life.

Yes battery life, the single factor that seems to plague some of the most popular devices in the electronics market. The Nintendo 3DS came in for initial criticism over its far from impressive battery life, and it seems that the PS Vita is another device that will only offer reasonable battery life and nothing which gives the impression that the battery life featured on the Vita is worth getting excited about.

One review which talks about the potential worries involving the battery life comes from Engadget, as they have stated that the basic three hours of battery life that gamers will get with the Vita isn’t good enough, and may even turn out to be a deal-breaker for when the device arrives on February 22nd. Furthermore, the possibility of Sony releasing a revised PS Vita model with thinner dimensions and longer battery life may tempt the bulk of PSP owners to adopt the ‘wait and see’ approach with the Vita.

If you have been busy reading the reviews which are already up, how concerned are you about battery life? Is three hours sufficient for you, or do you believe that three hours simply doesn’t warrant the obvious premium price that Sony are commanding for the Vita. There’s another review over at Joystiq here which you may also be interested in reading through. Time will tell to see how the new handheld fairs.

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  • Mzeb75

    Three hours is plenty for me as well.  I have plenty of outlets if I need to charge.  Looking forward to this.  I got the amazon bundle so I could get it aliottle early!!!

  • I dont think 3 hours is a bad option for have some laptops which offer 3 hrs of battery life over all  and vita provides 3 hrs for gaming i think its quite good but i would have wanted a lil more like 4 and a half hours or 5.but still its impressive and better than 3ds

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  • ashton_philip

    Thats good enough for me I am fortunate enough to have a 3DS and an Itouch to pass the time in which this would charge plus for the level of quality being offered its to be expected. I hate when people use the smartphones have better battery argument as when quite often, especially with I devices this is not the case when playing high quality games (looking at you infinity blade) the battery drains extremely fast, faster than 3 hours.

  • Philippe_forget

    Three hours is more than enough for me…

    • nate-dog7

      yep, 3 hours is plenty 😛  there are outlets everywhere