We reported yesterday that the PS Vita would only last around 3.5 hours after a full charge. This would mean a 15-25 percent drop in play time when compared to the PSP 1000 which lasted around 4-6 hours.
Sony have been quick to address the issue stating that one of the peripherals for the PS Vita would be an external battery. When speaking to IGN at the Tokyo Game Show, SCEA Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida had this to say, “If you have noticed, we have just announced the peripherals for PS Vita. And one of the peripherals is the external battery. That extends the battery life of PS Vita. If you’re flying from New York to San Francisco or vice versa, you’ll have no concerns if you have the additional external battery.”
Other peripherals announced were memory cards, AC and car adaptors, a headset, a travel pouch and all the other usual peripherals you’d expect for a handheld console.
This will come as good news for those hoping to get a bit more battery life out of the handheld console, however it now begs the question of just how much extra battery life the external battery peripheral will offer? When Shuhei Yoshida says you’ll have “no concerns” does this mean significant increase in battery life?
We may well have to wait for some reviews before we know the actual figures, until then we can only speculate. You can check out Shuhei Yoshida giving the news himself in the video below.