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Sony announces PS Vita battery pack

Sony announces PS Vita battery pack

Sony has announced that it will

Sony has announced that it is currently developing an external battery pack to improve the battery life of the PlayStation Vita handheld.

Full specifications for the PS Vita were revealed at the Tokyo Game Show earlier this week, revealing just a three to five hour battery life for the vanilla Vita.

The announcement of an external battery pack comes from Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony's Worldwide Studios, who gave IGN the news at the Tokyo Game Show.

No specifics about the battery pack, such as cost or how much it'll lengthen the battery life by, have been confirmed by Sony yet.

'If you're flying from New York to San Francisco or vice versa, you'll have no concerns [about running out of power] if you have the additional external battery,' was all Yoshida would say.

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mecha. 16th September 2011, 10:42 Quote
Hang on... So they havent actually released the device yet... but they are allready working on an external battery pack... and this is a major entertainment company we are talking about... im confused :/
r3loaded 16th September 2011, 10:43 Quote
The battery life isn't my main concern - it's the idiotic proprietary storage format.
proxess 16th September 2011, 10:44 Quote
So they give you an "incomplete" battery then sell you a "DLC" battery pack?

I have a feeling consumers are now being pimped by corporates.
Mentai 16th September 2011, 11:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
So they give you an "incomplete" battery then sell you a "DLC" battery pack?

I have a feeling consumers are now being pimped by corporates.

I see where your coming from but if the full battery pack doesn't fit inside the machine I don't see any other option. I would rather this solution than none at all.
Glix 16th September 2011, 11:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mentai
Quote:
Originally Posted by proxess
So they give you an "incomplete" battery then sell you a "DLC" battery pack?

I have a feeling consumers are now being pimped by corporates.

I see where your coming from but if the full battery pack doesn't fit inside the machine I don't see any other option. I would rather this solution than none at all.

If that is a solution in your eyes, my goodness...

This is a workaround that you have to pay for, if it was free then yes solution, but since it probably won't be free... a device claiming to be portable that needs to be plugged in a lot should be a flop.
javaman 16th September 2011, 11:24 Quote
I think its a problem that's beyond sony's control. Battery technology is stagnant and while component power usage is down while performance up, its still a job to balance between performance and battery life. Maybe battery tech will improve enough for a battery swap in a few years but until then this is a less than perfect solution. After all, how many business men carry spare laptop or phone batteries?
do_it_anyway 16th September 2011, 11:36 Quote
This just indicates that the battery life on a PS (Ry)Vita is shocking.
I mean, how long is the flight from New York to San fransisco? 4 Hours?
I would expect a modern gaming device to be able to provide 4 hours battery life as standard.
sandys 16th September 2011, 12:14 Quote
I'd imagine that is a poor example but its not just the flight though is it, there is the journey to the airport, the waiting in the airport and then the plane itself.
Evildead666 16th September 2011, 12:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by javaman
I think its a problem that's beyond sony's control. Battery technology is stagnant and while component power usage is down while performance up, its still a job to balance between performance and battery life. Maybe battery tech will improve enough for a battery swap in a few years but until then this is a less than perfect solution. After all, how many business men carry spare laptop or phone batteries?

They should have gotten the Perf/Power usage right from the start.
4 hours of usage is pretty bad for a mobile gaming device.
They should have spent a bit more on some better battery tech.

edit : Li-Ion is old tech nowadays.
Lithium polymer could have been possible, as well as even newer tech.
All i'm saying is why aren't we paying for quality tech, rather than off the shelf Telephone battery.
runadumb 16th September 2011, 13:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Evildead666
Quote:
Originally Posted by javaman
I think its a problem that's beyond sony's control. Battery technology is stagnant and while component power usage is down while performance up, its still a job to balance between performance and battery life. Maybe battery tech will improve enough for a battery swap in a few years but until then this is a less than perfect solution. After all, how many business men carry spare laptop or phone batteries?

They should have gotten the Perf/Power usage right from the start.
4 hours of usage is pretty bad for a mobile gaming device.
They should have spent a bit more on some better battery tech.

edit : Li-Ion is old tech nowadays.
Lithium polymer could have been possible, as well as even newer tech.
All i'm saying is why aren't we paying for quality tech, rather than off the shelf Telephone battery.

I don't get this argument at all. They have to balance battery life with cost, weight, performance and size. The included battery isn't gimped in some way so they can sell you an additional higher capacity battery. Its how it would have shipped. Considering the lifespan they expect these things to have its better they don't pullback on its hardware for the first gen devices. After all, the tech inside will get more efficient overtime.
Battery's haven't advanced much and we demand more and more from our devices. While I agree 3 hours doesn't cut it for a so called portable device this is a nice compromise.

I think the same way about phones too. I would like the option of an OFFICIAL extended battery, especially on the Xperia play!
Narishma 16th September 2011, 13:10 Quote
Am I the only person who doesn't see anything wrong with the 3 to 5 hours of battery life? I mean, it's the same amount as the 3DS, and my smartphone can't even last a couple of hours when playing games...
Plugs 16th September 2011, 13:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Narishma
Am I the only person who doesn't see anything wrong with the 3 to 5 hours of battery life? I mean, it's the same amount as the 3DS, and my smartphone can't even last a couple of hours when playing games...

Your not alone; I agree with your views.
Stonerd 16th September 2011, 13:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Narishma
Am I the only person who doesn't see anything wrong with the 3 to 5 hours of battery life? I mean, it's the same amount as the 3DS, and my smartphone can't even last a couple of hours when playing games...

this - and considering the quality of games they are making available to a portable, i was kind of impressed
jelderkin 16th September 2011, 14:38 Quote
I love how companies create these devices where they actually need an additional battery pack wouldn't it make more sense to spend the extra money on improving the battery life for the product in question.

Might just be me but seems a lame way of improving battery life reminds me of those battery packs you used to get on the old gameboy colours lol
liratheal 16th September 2011, 15:14 Quote
...lol.
rollo 16th September 2011, 15:17 Quote
How can they improve battery life to the above, if you travel with a laptop for work a spare battery is a must this isn't anything new. Battery life has not improved for years.

Thrash your latest smartphone they will last 2-3 hrs , 3ds is 3-5 hrs as well
Rustypouch 16th September 2011, 15:34 Quote
I am not really bothered, 3-5 hours is fine. Cannot see me splashing out extra for a battery pack either. On a long haul flight, this could present a problem, but I do not fly long distances frequently enough for this to be a problem. If you are a frequent flyer and you plan on spending 3-5 hours (plus how ever long the Battery Pack lasts if your were to buy one) playing your PSV on the plane, then yes problem. A couple hour long sessions would do for me.
rickysio 16th September 2011, 16:25 Quote
For the quality it outputs, and the fact that battery tech has mostly remained stagnant (thanks to the vile oil companies that buy up promising battery tech and make it lead nowhere, according to at least a few sources) 4 hours is rather stunning.
Sloth 16th September 2011, 20:44 Quote
You mean it doesn't provide better graphics than my gaming PC while also having a 20 hour battery life? QQRAGE.


At first this idea really surprised me, but on the second glance it seems pretty understandable. Just look at the Vita specs thread, people were talking about wanting a removable battery pack so they could carry spares. Not to mention the memories of "the old days" carrying spare AA batteries for long trips. Since the Vita battery pack isn't accessible it seems likely that they'll just take the normal Vita battery and plop in into a little black plastic case with a cord coming out to plug into your Vita and another little cord for plugging into a wall outlet. Boom, double battery life.
The_Beast 16th September 2011, 20:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Evildead666
They should have gotten the Perf/Power usage right from the start.
4 hours of usage is pretty bad for a mobile gaming device.
They should have spent a bit more on some better battery tech.

edit : Li-Ion is old tech nowadays.
Lithium polymer could have been possible, as well as even newer tech.
All i'm saying is why aren't we paying for quality tech, rather than off the shelf Telephone battery.

Lipo batterys like to explode if not handled carefully or charged right, or discharged right........
blohum 17th September 2011, 17:08 Quote
Wow... I remember having the external battery pack for my Sega Game Gear 20 years ago!
deadsea 19th September 2011, 01:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sloth
Since the Vita battery pack isn't accessible it seems likely that they'll just take the normal Vita battery and plop in into a little black plastic case with a cord coming out to plug into your Vita and another little cord for plugging into a wall outlet. Boom, double battery life.

I'd hope not. Any one of us could whip up something like that in about 15 minutes with a regulator circuit and a bag of rechargables. Some of us might even be able to make it look good.
mikeuk2004 19th September 2011, 22:16 Quote
How often do you kids fly long haul flights that warrents a worry about battery life?

I fly long haul for 10 hours and when you break the time up with the 3 meal times and a movie plus sleep time, I dont have 5 hours to play on a handheld.

Ive had Gameboys,Lynx's, Gamegears, PSP, DS and never used them while flying. Cramped conditions make it uncomfortable to play,and low light hurts my eyes. I enjoy them sat in the garden or in bed or when someone is using the TV. 5 hours quoted on the Vita is sufficent for me. Even 1 hour is enough as I get cramp after an extended period holding these things.

But give me a nice gaming setup and ill game for days,not hours, in which case the only battery concerns I have are with keyboard, mice and joypads. But ive always got reserves on standby. ;)
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