Eurogamer – Andrew House Interview

Much like any other gamer interested in the Vita, I have been searching high and low for any news or rumors about the Vita. Two important points I would like to see clarified ASAP – 3G data plan (required, options, etc) and battery life.

Eurogamer has a nice interview with Sony’s Andrew House, and while this particular interview did not directly answer the two aforementioned questions, it does give a glimmer of hope to the Vita having decent battery life.

Eurogamer: What battery life are we looking at for Vita?

Andrew House: I haven’t seen specifics on battery life. But I would say the absence of a disc-playing mechanism is very helpful in terms of conserving battery life. And then an OLED screen. Beyond the beauty of the screen itself, one of its prime attractions is it’s extremely energy efficient.

Or maybe I am just reading too much into things, but the damn thing better last more than a handful of hours. I hate the concept of embedded batteries; I hope this sucker has a seriously long lifecycle.

The interview has a few other interesting questions about the Vita’s pricing structure, data security, and the future of the PS3; definitely worth a read.

In other news, the SCEA has posted a fairly worthless Vita FAQ, which really does a piss poor job of answering some important questions.

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4 thoughts on “Eurogamer – Andrew House Interview”

  1. One intriguing feature being discussed is if it’ll have hdmi out. Looks like Sony added video out to one of the later PSP incarnations but to do it on the Vita may encroach on consoles.

    They may have no choice if Phones and tabs start offering 1080p output.

    Yes you can’t play Uncharted on iPhone but if you have PS3, you spend at most $60 for U3 instead of at least $300 for Vita and game.

    If you travel of course you can’t take PS3 .

  2. Agree on your point about Sony having to respond to smartphones and tables with higher resolution, but those devices are a long way from 1080p. As of right now the initial Vita specs are (16:9), 960 x 544, ~16 million colors … that should pretty much keep up with anything else for the immediate future.

    We have touched on this a lot in the past; price point for games is going to be interesting. There will be a certain segment of the market that does not mind paying ‘console’ prices for portable games, but what about the mass market gaming public that picks up iTouch/iPod games for $0.99?

  3. Yes you can’t play Uncharted on iPhone but if you have PS3, you spend at most $60 for U3 instead of at least $300 for Vita and game.

    If you travel of course you can’t take PS3 .

  4. I’m looking forward to the Vita – have both versions on pre-order until I know more about the required AT&T contract for the 3G version.

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