Sony confirms 3-5 hours play-time for Vita battery

Wednesday, 14th September 2011 09:34 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Sony’s confirmed that the battery life for Vita will last for a maximum of nine hours, but will average at 3-5 hours when playing a game.

Its duration will be about 3-5 hours when playing a game or performing movie playback, but this figure has been given for play while the unit’s not connected to the internet.

The handheld’s charge will be at nine hours when its on music playback, as well as standby mode.

It’ll take two hours and 40 minutes to fully charge the battery when its at its fully depleted stage.

Vita was confirmed for a December 17 launch in Japan this morning. It’ll arrive in the US and Europe in early 2012.

Here are the full tech specs:

Duration of the Battery

  • Game – Approx. 3~5 hours (with no network connection)
  • Video – Approx. 5 hours
  • Music (in stand-by mode) – Approx. 9 hours
  • Reference: About Charging Time of the Battery>
  • AC adaptor charging: Approx. 2 hours and 40 min.


  • Model number – PCH-1000 series
  • CPU – ARM Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
  • GPU – SGX543MP4+
  • Main memory – 512MB
  • VRAM – 128MB
  • External Dimensions – 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest
  • Weight – 279g (3G/Wi-Fi model)
  • Weight – 260g (Wi-Fi model)
  • Screen – 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED
  • Multi-touch screen (capacitive type)
  • Rear touch pad Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
  • Cameras – Front camera, Rear camera
  • Frame-rate – 120fps@320×240(QVGA), 60fps@640×480(VGA)
  • Resolution – Up to 640×480(VGA)
  • Sound – Built-in stereo speakers
  • Built-in microphone
  • Sensors – Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Threeaxis
    electronic compass
  • Location – Built-in GPS (3G/Wi-Fi model only)
  • Wi-Fi location service support


  • Power button
  • Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
  • Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
  • Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)
  • Right stick, Left stick
  • START button, SELECT button
  • Volume buttons (+/-)

Wireless communications

  • Mobile network connectivity (3G/Wi-Fi model only)
  • 3G modem (data communication): HSDPA/HSUPA *specification for Japanese region
  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)
  • Slots/Ports PlayStation®Vita card slot
  • Memory card slot
  • SIM card slot (3G/Wi-Fi model only)
  • Multi-use port (for USB data communication, DC IN, Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In], 5-5-5-5 PlayStation Vita Available in Japan on December 17,2011 Serial data communication),
  • Headset jack (Stereo mini jack) (for Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In])
  • Accessory port
  • Power Built-In Lithium-ion Battery: DC3.7V 2200mA
  • AC adaptor: DC 5V

Supported AV content format

  • Music-MP3 MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3, MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC), WAVE (Linear PCM)
  • Videos-MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC), H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High/Main/Baseline Profile
  • Photos -JPEG (Exif 2.2.1), TIFF, BMP, GIF, PNG



  1. Erthazus

    I think it’s too low… but what can you expect from battery life these days.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Christopher Jack

    So only a little better than the 3DS? Kind of expected with this hardware, you can imagine why they didn’t overclock it to be more in line with the PS3 & why they ditched the slider design.

    I reckon it’s time to slow down on bumping up the power & start more funding on making better batteries to support the extra workload.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. CycloneFox

    The charging time is longer, than it was on the PSP, but on the other hand, the battery life was shorter than the vita’s.^^ That’s so great news. Especially when it comes to the comparision with the 3ds.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Razor

    When is there going to be some kind of battery breakthrough? :/

    #4 3 years ago
  5. moargamezpleeze

    Never take my dedicated gaming handhelds outside the home,so this is no problem for me.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Lounds

    it’s a big battery compared to phones, but I guess that big 5″ screen zaps the life out of it.

    @everyone, company’s have been investing in new tech for battery for years, there just waiting to milk it once current tech doesn’t fit consumers needs.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Christopher Jack

    @5, Kind of redundant don’t you think?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Kaufer

    Thats bad. Atleast with the 3DS you can use an extended battery pack.
    How can you do that with a PSV without obstructing the rear touchpad?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. manamana

    3-5 hours with no network connection? Oh well, boils down to 2 hours with, then. What a letdown for a handheld.

    @1+@10 its not about batterylife “these days”.
    Ever heard of a thing called iPhone. No? Well, here you go:
    Talk time:
    Up to 7 hours on 3G

    Standby time: Up to 300 hours
    Internet use:
    Up to 6 hours on 3G
    Up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi

    Video playback: Up to 10 hours
    Audio playback: Up to 40 hours

    … has hardly to do with battery life these days, but what a company is willing to build.

    /Apple haters go!

    #9 3 years ago
  10. freedoms_stain

    Battery life has always been the bain of portable electronics.

    Bet the battery on this is of the not intended to be user replaceable too, which is the worst part about it.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. sithsylar

    isn’t it funny how tech keeps getting better and better except batteries

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Christopher Jack

    @9, He likes the iPhone too, judging my a few of his posts. Those statistics are achieved by underclocking but because of how well most software is optimized for iOS, that’s rarely a problem.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. manamana

    @CJ maybe so. Its just that I played for hours online MP MC2 matches and it just works. So how its achieved doesn’t matter to me in the first place – if I find the time and it urges I simply can. And I hoped it would be the same with the Vita. At least there are far better games coming for it.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    @9, with one exception. This is a handheld and this is a phone with the optimized OS for specific software programs that were designed for it.

    Try playing RAGE or Epic’s Citadel and it’s going to be the same thing like with Vita.
    + considering that games looks worse than on the Vita.

    It has nothing to do with the company that is willing to build something. Sony or Apple are not stupid to not include the best Battery there is. They are top notch technology companies and they are trying to include the best there is when it comes to battery.
    But the reality is that there are no batteries that do a better job that everyone wants, because first of all what is battery? It’s a source of energy.
    There is no energy for now that can be used enough for portable devices.

    Even with Laptops (that include a giant rats ass battery) you get a small amount of time to do something. Especially when it comes to gaming.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. The_Red

    First disappointing news I’ve heard about Vita since announcement. Still, if the amount of game releases keep up with current pace for the rest of its life, it would still be my choice for the next handheld.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. ManuOtaku

    I dindt mind this issue on the 3ds, therefore neither here, i was specting this, but the thing i like the most is seeing people bashing the 3DS about this issue, but for the vita they said is ok *****shrugs******

    #16 3 years ago

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