It's been announced that the Battery will only last 3-5 hours while playing games. "Watching video will deplete your Vita's battery life in 5 hours. Using it to listen to music will allow Vita's battery to last 9 hours (if you listen to music while in standby mode). It will take you 2 hours and 40 minutes to charge Vita from a completely depleted state to 100% battery life" But with that announcement, SCEA Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida told IGN in an interview "Sony is in fact developing an external battery for free ps vita games ."
Instead of featuring a display screen, the console connects to a television via HDMI. Users can play using a DualShock 3 controller (with a later patch to provide functionality with Dualshock 4 controllers), although due to the difference in features between the controller and the handheld, certain games are not compatible with PS Vita TV, such as those that are dependent on the system's touch-screen, rear touchpad, microphone or camera. The device is said to be compatible with over 100 Vita games, as well as various digital PlayStation Portable, PlayStation and PC Engine titles. According to Muneki Shimada, Sony Director of the Second Division of Software Development, the original PCH-1000 series PlayStation Vita already includes an upscaler that supports up to 1080i resolution, however it was decided that the idea for free ps vita games output for the original Vita was to be scrapped in favor for releasing the PlayStation Vita TV as a separate device for television connectivity. The in-built scaler has been removed from the PCH-2000 series PlayStation Vita model. The system will support Remote Play compatibility with the PlayStation 4, allowing players to stream games from the PlayStation 4 to a separate TV connected to PS Vita TV, and will also allow users to stream content from video services such as Hulu and Niconico, as well as access the PlayStation Store. The device will include the software features of the Vita, such as the Web browser and email client. The console measures 6 cm by 10 cm, about the size of a pack of playing cards. In the future, the PlayStation Vita TV can potentially play PlayStation 3 games via cloud-based streaming, according to Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House.
Sony announced the system in January 2011 as the first true successor to the PlayStation Portable (PSP). The Vita is easily the most technologically advanced handheld to date, with dual quad-core processors, an OLED touchscreen display, front and rear facing cameras, optional 3G connectivity, a rear touch panel, and a built-in accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a digital compass.
It is also drastically larger than its predecessor and the competition, which is obviously a huge concern for gamers on-the-go. It's hard to get a sense of scale from photos, but having seen and used it first hand, I'm happy to report that the Vita is actually a manageable size. Though still not small enough to carry in your pocket, the Vita is about as long as the average bottle of water, and thin and light enough to keep the sense of heft to a minimum.
In fact, the PlayStation Vita feels pretty light and slim in your hands, though since all demo units have been wired thus far, there is a distinct possibility that the final product will put on some ounces.
But the Vita is large for a good reason -- it's packing a gorgeous 5-inch OLED display. Though the technology has been slow to make its way into consumer grade HDTVs due to the high cost associated, its perfect for PlayStation Vita. Though the entire color spectrum looks phenomenal on the included display, OLED makes black levels particularly striking. When it finally releases, Super Stardust Delta is going to be the definitive title for showing off the Vita's display.