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

By Johnny Cullen
14 September 2011 09:34 GMT

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

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