Sony has confirmed that the battery life of the PlayStation Vita — the Windows-style named follow-up to the PlayStation Portable — will have roughly 3 to 5 hours of battery life when playing a game, with the battery life maxing out at around nine hours when in standby mode, as well as when in music playback mode. It should be noted that these battery life figures aren’t taking being connected to the Internet into consideration. The battery will take 2 hours and 40 minutes to fully charge from a depleted state.
Back when the currently flailing Nintendo 3DS was announced, we reported that the battery life was roughly the same, providing around 3 to 5 hours of battery life when playing a 3DS game, so it looks like Nintendo has nothing to fear from Sony on the next-gen handheld gaming battery life front. The first iteration of the PSP faced similar dismal battery life figures, but as any PSP fan knows, the unit received various battery upgrades throughout its lifecycle, from extra battery packs, to stronger batteries that fit right inside the standard battery slot, to stronger batteries eventually releasing with newer versions of the device. Only time will tell if the Vita receives these battery upgrades, but one can only assume said upgrades are an inevitability.