Three to five hours is a frankly unacceptable battery limit for a handheld device. We got rather angry when we heard that the Vita would be following in the 3DS' footsteps in terms of daily lifespan - it is virtually inexcusable when you think about it.
Thankfully, though, Sony appear to have noticed this. At TGS, Shuhei Yoshida, President of SCEO Worldwide, confirmed to IGN that the Vita will offer an extended external battery option. 'If you're flying from New York to San Francisco, or vice-versa,' said Yoshida, you'll have no concerns if you have an additional, external battery.'
No news on specifics yet, we'll want to see the lifespan doubled at the very least, and no price point yet. But if it launches in conjunction with the Vita, we rather expect it to be one of the more popular peripherals of the season.
Thinking of picking a Vita up when it comes out over here? Does this new tidbit of battery-powered news sway you if you're a sceptic? Let us know in the comments below.