More news continues to flow out of E3, as reports are now suggesting that the GamePad tablet controller will have a battery life of between 3-5 hours from a single charge. This comes from the official Nintendo spec listings that state that it will take up to 2.5 hours to charge up the controller completely. Reports suggest that the level of screen brightness will vary the amount of time between charges, but players will be able to charge the device and continue to play games at the same time. A translation of the official spec list from Japanese can be found over on NeoGAF.
It is curious that information such as this has been left off the English translation of the spec list that was posted earlier today, especially when it’s the raw numbers we want to know. Hopefully more news of this nature will emerge out of E3 over the next few days as we here at Dealspwn continue to scour the coverage.
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.