Coming out on the 17th of December in Japan, the PSVita is heavily anticipated because of its advanced technology and excellent graphical count. Processing power takes up electricity, and the PSVita’s battery, though powerful, has a hard time keeping up with the portable’s maximum performance.
A system detail release by Sony showed that the battery life of the PSVita is anywhere from 3 to 5 hours, not exactly the most impressive battery lifespan, but watching videos can last for 5 hours, and music can last for up to 9 hours. The factors involved in battery life however are varied. The intensity of the game, sound level, and brightness all have a major impact depending on their settings. The numbers were tested with the brightness at default, headphones in, and wireless capabilities off.
Because of the extreme drain of the battery and the charge it can actually hold, it can take up to three hours to fully charge a PSVita battery. That isn’t as bad as you think it is since fully charging a 3DS takes three and a half hours on a good day. Even if the PSVita clearly has more capabilities than the 3DS, they are both butting heads in who has the superior battery life and neither one is winning.
The PSP when first released was criticized for its battery life despite its power, often resulting in a bit of a short-lived internet meme where a sentence would be cut off right befo- *battery dies*
One thing that will make most choke on their sodas is the prioe of the memory cards. The memory cards are fairly mandatory since internal memory was cut down in size in order to keep the manufacturing costs of the Vita down low. The prices of the cards are 4GB at (estimated from Yen value) $30, 8GB at $40, 16GB at $70, and 32GB at $120. High prices, but portable games seldom need several gigs of data, but shelling out good money for a 32GB will serve you splendidly. Sony has said multiple times that all Vita games will be downloadable however, meaning it would be a wise investment to get a big one.
Some Vita games will be able to save to the Vita’s native memory while others will need a memory card. It will vary from game to game but who honestly forgets memory cards? It wont be long until cheaper (and less reliable) memory cards will hit the market in order to compete with Sony. Regardless of those prices, the Vita is going to be solid competition for the 3DS and will likely overtake it sharply and without mercy.