The PlayStation Vita has poor battery life and no internal storage

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Aside form the relative lack of games, the Nintendo 3DS’ biggest problem is its far-too-short battery life. Under ideal circumstances, you’ll get 3-5 hours of actual continuous gaming from the device. I think Sony’s new handheld is a fantastic, sleek and sexy bit of kit – filled to the brim with fancy features..but those features come at a cost; because the Vita will also only have enough juice on a full charge to give you “3-5 hours” of gaming joy.

It  gets worse.

You’ll get "3 -5 hours" for games, approximately "5 hours" for video, and approximately 9 hours for music "in stand-by mode." That’s with all connectivity such as  Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G turned off, headphones instead of speakers and  the "default” screen brightness setting. Lord alone knows what sort of usage you’ll get should you want to play multi-player on the go. That’s…just not long enough. Nintendo made up for it (somewhat) by including a charging dock, making it dead simple to keep the 3DS charged. For the Playstation Vita, it’s a separate $35 accessory.

While we’re on the subject of wildly expensive accessories, be prepared to spend more on the Vita than you expected to; the unit ships without internal storage of any sort.Nothing. NADA. The device does have a memory card slot for storage, but it’s a a proprietary format – and you know what that means? exorbitantly high prices. Here’s a list of the Vita memory cards that’ll be available post launch – with Yen, US dollars and Rand values.

  • Memory Card 4GB Â¥2,200, $29, R215
  • Memory Card 8GB Â¥3,200, $42, R310
  • Memory Card 16GB Â¥5,500, $71, R525
  • Memory Card 32GB Â¥9,500, $124, R915

Of course, we can expect the actual prices when it is available in south Africa to be much higher. It’s a little ridiculous because standard SD cards of those sizes come in at a third of the price. With the Vita’s ability,and indeed focus on downloadable games – including specially developed Android titles – this comes as a bit of a disappointment.

Source:  Joystiq

Last Updated: September 16, 2011

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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