Last night, Sony had its pre-Tokyo Game Show conference to detail some of the upcoming happenings for the hardware and software manufacturer. A big chunk of their presentation was dedicated exclusively to their upcoming handheld, the PS Vita.

Our own Killian Bell tossed up the roster of Japanese launch games for the device and its December 17th release date this morning. Now, Sony's gone ahead and dropped the tech specs for the hardware. Most of it is impressive, but there are some dings a lot of folks may take notice to right away.

The most glaring of which for this gamer is the 3-5 hour battery life for offline gaming on the device. Similar to the Nintendo 3DS' gaming time, the PS Vita will need to be played in short bursts with high recharging times. In fact, it takes 2 hours and 40 minutes to recharge the Vita, nearly as long as it takes for the battery to die.

The fact that the stat specifies that this battery life window is for offline gaming tells me that we're likely to see a big drop in life if we want to play, say, a round or two of Uncharted multiplayer.

How does the handheld look to you, fair readers?

Tip of the hat to VG247 for the full rundown of this hardware's technical specifications. Here she be:

Duration of the Battery

  • Game – Approx. 3~5 hours (with no network connection)
  • Video – Approx. 5 hours
  • Music (in stand-by mode) – Approx. 9 hours
  • Reference: About Charging Time of the Battery>
  • AC adaptor charging: Approx. 2 hours and 40 min.


  • Model number – PCH-1000 series
  • CPU – ARM Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
  • GPU – SGX543MP4+
  • Main memory – 512MB
  • VRAM – 128MB
  • External Dimensions – 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest
  • Weight – 279g (3G/Wi-Fi model)
  • Weight – 260g (Wi-Fi model)
  • Screen – 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED
  • Multi-touch screen (capacitive type)
  • Rear touch pad Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
  • Cameras – Front camera, Rear camera
  • Frame-rate – [email protected]×240(QVGA), [email protected]×480(VGA)
  • Resolution – Up to 640×480(VGA)
  • Sound – Built-in stereo speakers
  • Built-in microphone
  • Sensors – Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Threeaxis
    electronic compass
  • Location – Built-in GPS (3G/Wi-Fi model only)
  • Wi-Fi location service support


  • Power button
  • Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
  • Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
  • Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)
  • Right stick, Left stick
  • START button, SELECT button
  • Volume buttons (+/-)

Wireless communications

  • Mobile network connectivity (3G/Wi-Fi model only)
  • 3G modem (data communication): HSDPA/HSUPA *specification for Japanese region
  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)
  • Slots/Ports PlayStation®Vita card slot
  • Memory card slot
  • SIM card slot (3G/Wi-Fi model only)
  • Multi-use port (for USB data communication, DC IN, Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In], 5-5-5-5 PlayStation Vita Available in Japan on December 17,2011 Serial data communication),
  • Headset jack (Stereo mini jack) (for Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In])
  • Accessory port
  • Power Built-In Lithium-ion Battery: DC3.7V 2200mA
  • AC adaptor: DC 5V

Supported AV content format

  • Music-MP3 MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3, MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC), WAVE (Linear PCM)
  • Videos-MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC), H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High/Main/Baseline Profile
  • Photos -JPEG (Exif 2.2.1), TIFF, BMP, GIF, PNG
[via VG247]