PlayStation Vita Battery Life Hours Length Revealed

31 December 2011
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PS Vita vs 3DS

How does the PS Vita compare to the 3DS in terms of battery life? Will the system last as long as you want it to when you are carrying it around in your pocket?

That was an open question that hadn’t been put to the “real-life” test, until now.

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  • A new video directly compares how the PS Vita stacks up to the 3DS, and shows you the results in real-time. Naturally the video is sped up to 60 times, and eventually 100 times, so we aren’t actually waiting around for hours. Overall the video is only 9 minutes long.

    Here were the specifics of the test, all of them are Japanese models (all set to highest brightness and volume):

    – The PlayStation Vita test was done using the 3G model (which is the same as the Wi-Fi) and uses a standard 2210mAh battery, playing on an Uncharted: Golden Abyss PS Vita Card.
    – The 3DS is a “Zelda 25th Anniversary” edition that runs on a standard 1300mAh battery, playing Monster Hunter 3G. The 3D is set to max.
    – The PSP is a PSP-3000 Hunters Model using an expanded 2200mAh battery, playing a Monster Hunter Portable 3rd UMD that has been installed.

    And the winner is!

    1. PSP (9 hour battery life)
    2. PS Vita (3 hour, 47 minutes battery life)
    3. 3DS (2 hour, 35 minutes battery life)

    Thanks to kurekureyon for the video.


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    • supersaiyanbardock

      I could be right the reason why 3DS battery life sucks cause of the 3D technology which drains battery life fast, but in the old days the battery life of GBA SP/DS Lite and PSP are THE BEST

    • Yeh that’s true about the 3DS, you can turn the 3D off and it’ll probably last twice as long. Same thing on both systems if you lower the screen brightness. The less power-intensive settings you use, the better it’ll perform. For me it’s rare when a trip to & back somewhere lasts longer than 3 hours, so I’ve never had an issue playing Nintendo/Sony handhelds on the train.

    • why are we seeing the psp also why not throw the ds on there too if we are going to show older systums.
      is it becuse with the ds lite it would flaten the psp with its 15-19 hours of battery life

    • Asdfasdf

      Nintendo is way out of league in any case period

    • The Gamer

      my ds lite die waaaaaaayy ealier than that

    • Erlband

      The DS does have good battery life, but none of the handhelds today have 15-19 hours of playing before it runs out. 😛

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