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PSP Battery Journal

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the old-man-murry-would-have-had-a-better-review dept.

Portables (Games) 332

ayersrj writes "The folks over at IGN have started a "Battery Journal" in an attempt to provide us with some relevant information regarding the battery life issue on the PSP in a realistic playing environment. The first run: a little under five hours with no wi-fi. Not too shabby."

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peh (0, Troll)

uberrhino (809897) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075677)

Sony Sony Sony, havent you learned anything from Sega? Leave the handhelds to Nintendo.

Re:peh (3, Interesting)

UWC (664779) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075738)

Sony Sony Sony, havent you learned anything from Sega? Leave the handhelds to Nintendo.

Yes, why try to enter a market in which Sega failed to succeed ten years ago? It makes no sense at all to release a sleek, comparatively sized unit with extra features in a market that couldn't support the Game Gear ten years ago. I'm sure nothing has changed in the interim.

Notes: post was sarcastic, and I own a DS. I don't begrudge Sony for entering the market and think they do stand a chance at success, though probably not domination. Screenshots look very nice, and the price is surprisingly low for what it can do. I may end up with one eventually.

Re:peh (1)

kerrle (810808) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075768)

I will end up with one, though I still expect to do my gaming on a DS, which I already own. The PSP looks interesting, but I've a feeling that 5 hours will end up being essentially the best possible. For games with near constant disc access, which will have to happen if people expect games that play like PS2 games, the battery life will be much lower, with or without Wi-Fi.

Re:peh (0, Offtopic)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075869)

Don't bash Sony and the PSP.... I have yet to see a single battery review or spec for Nintendo DS, anyone have a legit link?

If the battery is the only thing bad about the PSP, then I am definitely getting one. Cause I know for a fact, people will bitch about the lack of adult games on DS. No thanks Mario, Zelda, Metroid. I was done with you in the early 90s.

Re:peh (2, Informative)

Dance_Dance_Karnov (793804) | more than 9 years ago | (#11076037)

I will tell you from personal experence that the battery life on the ds is more than 10 hours, I ran mine for 13 hours on a single charge. oh and to games not being 'adult' enought i point you here []

Bias (-1, Troll)

aceat64 (706106) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075681)

Because we all know that IGN isn't biased for the PSP [/fanboi]

I meant it as a joke, please laugh.

Re:Bias (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075705)

I meant it as a joke, please laugh.


Re:Bias (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075728)

I hope you pointed out Slashdot's bias in the recent Linux TCO article.

Re:Bias (3, Insightful)

Ayaress (662020) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075986)

Not laughing, actually. IGN isn't really high on my list of sites that I don't automatically assume are wrong. I've seen too many examples of them outright lying not to take this with a grain of salt. But it really has me wondering: Sony themselves were talking aobut FAR less battery life than IGN is reporting. That really sounds off. Sony is the last company to understate their products. If you could realistically expect 5 hours from the PSP, I would expect them to be talking about ten to fifteen hours, not two, one, and less like they have been. Anyway, I'm still waiting to hear about the moving parts issues. Battery life was the least of my worries. I feel very uncomfortable carrying something around in my pocket or bookbag that could be susceptible to shock damage, and I don't want to have to go and modify my laptop bag again to make a padded spot for one.

But how many... (4, Funny)

GoldRanger (546676) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075683)

...McGriddles did they consume in that same time span?

Whine, Whine, Whine (4, Interesting)

Voltage Spike (643170) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075684)

I'm happy with five hours, but people will still point out that the DS does better.

Why don't they make the batteries easy to swap out? This practice is not too popular (look at Pocket PCs), but it should stop the complaints.

Re:Whine, Whine, Whine (2, Insightful)

Neil Watson (60859) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075735)

How long will the battery last in 6 months?

Re:Whine, Whine, Whine (4, Funny)

Jorkapp (684095) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075776)

We'll find out in 6 months.

Re:Whine, Whine, Whine (3, Informative)

chaboud (231590) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075824)

You mean, the way that Sony did [] ? cough

I can't think of a swap being much more easy than that.

Re:Whine, Whine, Whine (1)

Voltage Spike (643170) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075907)

I should have been more explicit. From what I have seen, you have to stop playing the game and turn the unit off to switch batteries. Is there a sleep mode, and can you change batteries during that time period?

Re:Whine, Whine, Whine (4, Informative)

Aero Leviathan (698882) | more than 9 years ago | (#11076042)

Yes. I believe an RTFA is in order.

7:45PM: Battery died
And I was right in the middle of a huge score in the Industrial skin on Lumines! It's okay, though, because the PSP goes into sleep mode when the battery dies, allowing you to continue play exactly where you left off, once you've gotten more power to your system.

Re:Whine, Whine, Whine (1)

Mondoz (672060) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075847)

I'm not happy with it.
5 hours isn't that great. I use my GBA SP for long plane trips... At that rate, the PSP rate will get me about 1/3 of the way there.

I've had a single charge on the SP take me the entire trip. I don't want to carry batteries everywhere I go, along with a charger...
(I guess that satisfies your assumption about mentioning the fact that Nintendo's battery life is better, but it's true...)

I'll reserve my complete judgement on the unit until I see it for myself, but this issue is certainly not painting it in a very favorable light.

Re:Whine, Whine, Whine (1)

Anubis350 (772791) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075924)

most planes these days have power outlets, you can plug it in. My powerbook on heavy usage even swapping batteries only gets about 5 hrs total (I have 2 batteries and it gets about 2 1/2 hrs a battery). However, on a plane I can usually plug in my laptop and not have to worry about it, the same applies here.

Re:Whine, Whine, Whine (1)

Reignking (832642) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075963)

Seriously? I have never seen this. Granted, I don't fly that much, but I have never seen it. I assume that it must be on brand-new planes, and maybe only first class?

Re:Whine, Whine, Whine (1)

benzapp (464105) | more than 9 years ago | (#11076007)

If you are flying a major airline they are there. Discount airlines, less so.

The whole battery and plane trips story is old news for the average business traveller.

Re:Whine, Whine, Whine (1)

SlamMan (221834) | more than 9 years ago | (#11076009)

I strongly disagree that most planes have power outlets. I've flown 10 time this past year, and only once did my seat have an outlet.

first comment? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075685)

im so 1337!

Betteries for PSP? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075689)

I don't know what version of Paint Shop Pro you guys use, but mine does not need batteries. :)

Re:Betteries for PSP? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075807)

Seriously. What is a "PSP"? This must be the beginnings of another Nintendo "DS". What the hell is "DS"? It's one thing to use an acronym after the sourse of said acronym is well known, but whatever "DS" and "PSP" stand for ceased to be used before the products were even released (whatever they are). The page is blue - thats about the only clue I have...

Re:Betteries for PSP? (0, Redundant)

mc_wilson (619464) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075830)

PSP = PlayStation Portable
DS = Dual Screen

Mod parent up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075821)

Seriously. If anything, the second AC post is redundant. Not this one.

They should keep a history (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075690)

I'd like to know how the full charge decreases in length of playtime over number of charges total.

Re:They should keep a history (1)

wizbit (122290) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075716)

Well, this is a li-ion, right? And those don't take to full charge-discharge cycles very well, if my iPod is any indication. But the author points out many times that they could've plugged in the unit any number of times to recharge it, and a quick discharge-recharge isn't going to impact it much. Unless you want them to cycle it a few hundred times (500 hours?) I think you're out of luck for a little while.

Re:They should keep a history (1)

Mysticalfruit (533341) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075788)

Yeah, but unlike your iPod, I don't think it takes a couple yards of primacord and a bandsaw to replace the battery...

Re:They should keep a history (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075796)

Re:They should keep a history (1)

wizbit (122290) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075850)

Wow, WIKIPEDIA! Thanks, AC!

Actually, the memory effect article you linked to talks about mem effect on nickel-cads. And again, this is a lithium ion battery, which doesn't suffer from it to the same degree (or so I've read).

ninjasssss (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075692)


Yeah but... (0, Troll)

Mysticalfruit (533341) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075698)

Great, so you get 5 hours if you don't turn on wifi.

But what if you do turn on wifi, what's the battery life drop to? 2.5 hours?

Re:Yeah but... (4, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075724)

With wifi, the battery life is variable, but it usually lasts just long enough to get through a particularly difficult quest in a game, but not quite long enough to save the game afterward.

Re:Yeah but... (5, Informative)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075802)

Heh, I know it's a joke, but TFA does mention that much like Apple laptops(don't know if others do this as well, probably do) if the battery level drops below a certain point, the PSP will put itself to sleep, allowing you to resume your adventures provided you charge it within a reasonable amount of time.

Re:Yeah but... (1)

koniosis (657156) | more than 9 years ago | (#11076036)

Windows Laptops do indeed do this as well, though sleep can be hibernate or suspend to ram usually. With hibernate you can leave the power off as long as you like, since the memory is written to disk and reloaded the next time you power up (don't know what sort of sleep Apple tops do).

Re:Yeah but... (1)

tonejava (772709) | more than 9 years ago | (#11076047)

Great, so you get 5 hours if you don't turn on wifi.

You would probably be recommended to have it plugged in to use Wi-fi which kind of kills the concept of portable gaming ;-)

I noticed the remark about the headphones and remote being not too good can anyone else clarify this?

Batteries? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075701)

I use PaintShopPro all the time and it's never required batteries.

That was meant as a joke.

Not too shabby? (3, Insightful)

theREALMcCoy (817988) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075706)

I beg to differ. I don't want another device I have to remeber to charge every night if I want to use it the next day. My cell phone, palm, and laptop are enough.

What? (1)

Mike Hawk (687615) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075772)

So what would be a reasonable charge cycle be for a device with disc based media and wifi capability? What the hell are you saying here? How long should a portable video game system be expected to last on a charge? Even if you used it 2.5 hours a day it would still make it two days.

Or are you saying that you just don't want another device at all? I guess I can respect that, but why even post to the story you negative nellie.

Re:Not too shabby? (1)

XMyth (266414) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075817)

So, if you had to plug it up ~ every other day it wouldn't be a problem? Or are you saying you prever alkaline batteries?

If it's got a recharable battery, I'm plugging it up every day.

Re:Not too shabby? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075909)

If it's got a recharable battery, I'm plugging it up every day.

Dammit! My Electrogina motto... stolen!

You know, you could have linked without the ad (3, Informative)

Anonymous Crowhead (577505) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075711)

link []

Re:You know, you could have linked without the ad (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075996)

By the current definition of the word, you are stealing.

Dear Journal (5, Funny)

Locdonan (804414) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075717)

PSP hit me again today. It says that its my fault that it gets so little battery life. If I would only learn to love it as it is. I just don't know.

Today the PSP saw me linking up to play with some friends. It burnt my hands and threw a CD at me. It says that I don't need friends. I should just be with it.

What have I done!? I couldn't take it anymore. I killed the PSP. I took it off teh wall jack, and played it till it passed out. Then I flushed it down the toilet... All I have to remember it by is the broken CD and a scar under my left eye.

Re:Dear Journal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075891)

Congratulations, you made it to -1, funny
One reason to get rid of the Overrated mod, fucktard Taco. Another is because it say's "I'm Modding you down, just because"

Re:Dear Journal (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 9 years ago | (#11076049)

Congratulations, you made it to -1, funny

Well, you have to admit that that is quite an accomplishment. I don't think I've ever quite pulled it off myself.

. . . it say's "I'm Modding you down, just because"

And I take it you have a problem with that? Jeez, some people just have no sense of no sense of humor.


Sega #2 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075731)

And so began the descent of Sony into oblivion much like Sega before them...

Wrong (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075808)

Ninshito's just about gone [] W007.

Sony will no doubt release a better battery later. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075733)

It makes no sense not to. Maybe the one the PSP comes with is the most cost effective solution.

It would certainly be a Sony thing to sell a higher capacity battery for a nice markup.

Not that Nintendo's business practices are any better. Release a handheld with a terrible screen, then after everyone buys that, release a better version with features it should've had to begin with (minus the headphone jack), and then release a completely different handheld that's backwards compatible.

We'll probably end up seeing a "sleeker, smaller" version of the DS in about a year or so. And naturally, the consumers will happily rebuy it for $150.

Re:Sony will no doubt release a better battery lat (1)

ayersrj (701333) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075798)

Yeah I was wondering the same thing. My Sony Laptop (which ironically was rated at 2.5 hours and only got me an hour tops) had a new higher capacity battery released for it shortly after, which also costed a good chunk. Thankfully I was able to get one for free because I screamed at tech support long enough.

Re:Sony will no doubt release a better battery lat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075881)

I know, they do that same lame thing Intel does. They should just wait and design the best product possible and never have to improve.

batteries don't work that way.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075920)

Battery capacity for a given volume and technology (LIon in this case) increases about 15% a year, tops. And "last year's models" are generally as cheap as it gets. So you can expect a 15% increase in PSP battery capacity this year, tops. And frankly, I wouldn't even expect that.

That would imply that Sony is using the latest. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075947)

Which it probably isn't.

Where's the jet engine? (1)

dep01 (730107) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075744)

Too bad they won't be incorporating the jet engine chip [] for power... Those things are so freaking cool.

End of Ninshito? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075745)

All-fucking-right, once Ninshito's gone, and once SEga's gone as well, then maybe we can geet rid of all of the fucking family/Kiddie games and just have the games that are rated "M for Mature". W007 W007, can't wait to just have games like Grand Theft auto, BMX XXX, and shit like that isn't Censored.

Re:End of Ninshito? (1)

ThomaMelas (631856) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075933)

Wanting Grand Thief Auto is good...but lets be honest, why would you want BMX XXX? Are you that hard up for porn?

DS does 10 (5, Interesting)

kuwan (443684) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075750)

Nintendo claims [] that the Nintendo DS can last about 10 hours before it needs to be charged. I don't know whether or not this is real-world performance. It'd be interesting to see what the battery life is when doing multiplayer, wireless gaming.

Free Nintendo DS []

Re:DS does 10 (1)

laddhebert (570948) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075785)

I always read that as, will never last more than 10 hours - never ever.


Re:DS does 10 (1)

kerrle (810808) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075792)

Real world is actually better; Nintendo has been under-quoting battery life since the original GBA. I haven't kept specific records, but I've played DS for days without charging it.

Re:DS does 10 (1)

kuwan (443684) | more than 9 years ago | (#11076001)

This is encouraging for me since I hope to be getting a DS for Christmas (Santa are you out there?). I've got a GBA SP and the battery life on that thing is outstanding. I can probably count the number of times I've charged it on one hand. Of course I don't play with it nearly as much as other people, but having good battery life is a must in a portable. If I'm going to fly from New York to California then I don't want to worry about my GameBoy (or DS) running out of life before I get there.

Free Nintendo DS []

Re:DS does 10 (5, Informative)

FuzzzyLogik (592766) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075812)

Ok I'll bite. I own a GBA SP that they claim lasts 10 hours with frontlighting on and 16 with it off. My experience has been about 12-13 hours with the frontlight on and I can't comment on the frontlight off because I never turn it off. Nintendo typically gives correct numbers for batterly life, as you can see my battery life is actually HIGHER than they stated. So how's that for ya? I would trust nintendo, where I do not trust Sony.

interesting criteria (5, Interesting)

fireduck (197000) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075753)

Playing through Ridge Racers until the battery dies is probably not a good indication of how long the battery will last when you end up getting your PSP system and putting it to use for a variety of things.

Except, this is exactly the scenario I'd want tested when purchasing a portable device. I'd like to know if it will die on me when I'm flying from Los Angeles to New York. Hopefully they'll include this in future tests.

Watch the flood of new stories... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075755) the Slashdot editors desperately attempt to bury the 'Roland' controversy below...

PSP? (-1, Troll)

ka9dgx (72702) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075762)

What the heck is a PSP?

I'm guessing this has nothing to do with PaintShop Pro.


Re:PSP? (1)

FuzzzyLogik (592766) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075840)

Live under a rock? Seriously READ THE F'IN ARTICLE! And if you're still too lazy to do that... It's The PlayStation Portable. Basically a a handheld version of something between a PS1 and a PS2. *sigh*

Re:PSP? (0, Troll)

ka9dgx (72702) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075899)

I did read the fine article, and there is NO definition of PSP in it. Nor is there a hint it has anything to do with Play Stations.

From the article I know it's some sort of portable gaming system. The Icon shown on Slashdot is that of a Nintendo Gameboy, so that was no help, either.

Thanks however, for solving the mystery, and killing a few kharma points for me along the way. 8)


Re:PSP? (1)

FuzzzyLogik (592766) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075917)

Well the reason I am wondering if you live under a rock is because there has only been about 5 articles a week on the PSP in some form or another on slashdot. Along with many other sites like Engadget and Gizmodo

Re:PSP? (0, Troll)

BarryNorton (778694) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075859)

Seems to have something to do with video games - the poster probably talks in unintelligible and ultimately useless and transitory jargon for most of his chair-bound life...

In case you're actually wondering. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075862)

The PSP is Sony's attempt to break into the handheld market, which Nintendo has an iron-clad lock on.

It's a typical Sony product. A really sleek futuristic looking gadget with a nice screen and a lot of functions you probably won't use.

Lots of people will tell you it's a "portable playstation", but unless Sony mysteriously changed the specs for it, it's actually reasonably close to a PS2 in most respects. It can do NURBS (curved surfaces), which is actually something the PS2 CAN'T do. It's rather powerful.

The problem is though, it's portable. The battery life is a pretty big issue for anyone wanting to take it on a trip, considering it runs on its own rechargable battery.

Re:PSP? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075870)

Well, if you actually read the article, you would know it was the Play Station Portable. But this is slashdot...people don't read the articles (at least the stupid ones don't). Maybe you could have guessed what it was from the freaking Gameboy picture? Oh no, it is much easier to type and ask instead of using any form of intelligence and figuring it out yourself. Congratulations on proving yourself a lazy waste of space.

Re:PSP? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075971)

Pennsylvania State Police

Generated warmth (1)

Tribbin (565963) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075767)

Only the winter edition will be using this much battery-power.

Battery University (3, Informative)

The I Shing (700142) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075775)

A while ago I stumbled across this site called Battery University [] , which has a lot of detailed information about how various kinds of batteries work and how best to make use of them. Not sure if this is relevant, but just wanted to toss that into the conversation.

Less then 5 hours is "not too shabby"? (2, Insightful)

Michalson (638911) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075786)

And with one of the features turned off too.
PSP (like NDS and GBA SP) uses an internal rechargable battery. That means you can't replace the battery when it gets low, you need a power outlet and time to recharge. The old Gameboy (Pocket) offered about 8-9 on replacable AAAs. Gameboy Advance was near 14 hours (or about 9-10 using the rechargable battery pack).

Didn't anyone (at Sony) learn anything from Gamegear vs Gameboy? It didn't matter if your system was a monochrome sub-NES powered unit with a bezel speaker, it could still beat a full color portable that didn't give a full days use out of a charge. I'd say mistake #1 was even considering optical (mechanically read) media. Unless the whole dual screen/touch screen gamble flops, PSP will be going the same way as the Gamegear, in exactly the same way (large, high powered but battery killing unit that is mostly filled with ports from its larger brother)

Re:Less then 5 hours is "not too shabby"? (4, Informative)

k_187 (61692) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075851)

Nope, wrong. The PSP Battery is replaceable, new ones are just 45 bucks a pop. I do believe that the only way to charge them is plugged into the PSP though, so most of your point still stands, but you can charge them up and have standbys waiting.

Optical Media (MD) and Battery Lift (1)

acomj (20611) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075896)

Optical media works fine for the MD player when you could get 40+ hours out of a single aa.

But Sony's not using there new "not catching on" 1 gig MD discs but another probably more power hungry disc type for fear of piracy. When will they learn.

Re:Optical Media (MD) and Battery Lift (1)

UWC (664779) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075980)

Optical media works fine for the MD player when you could get 40+ hours out of a single aa.

Then there's the fact that a full cache of compressed audio lasts longer between required disc reads than the video, textures, models, animations, etc. necessary for a game. Add to that the increased power drawn from the processor to make use of all of that and the large, well-lit screen, and the short battery life, if not excusable, is at least understandable.

Re:Less then 5 hours is "not too shabby"? (1)

Evangelion (2145) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075950)

The GBA SP and DS batteries are replaceable (and they're both the same kind, so you can cannabalize your SP for a spare DS battery if you so desire).

Re:Less then 5 hours is "not too shabby"? (1)

Voltage Spike (643170) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075974)

They are paying attention.

Nintendo learned with the Gameboy Advance that a super-long battery life cannot make up for a poor screen (well, poorly lit).

The Game Gear taught manufacturers that a great screen and strong processor cannot make up for poor battery life.

As with most things, the goal is finding the appropriate balance. Sony is betting that most people will not care to play for more than five hours away from a power source. In my case, this is a reasonable assumption, but they cannot possibly please everyone.

GameSpot reports otherwise... (4, Informative)

unclethursday (664807) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075791)

GameSpot reports on battery life [] .

Apparently depending on the game, the battery life can be HORRID. Simply grahic games can go for 5 or so hours with no WiFi turned on... more graphically intense games? Ridge Racers goes for 90 mins-3 hours, depending on screen brightness and speaker use.

90 minutes!!! Next Sony will be selling protable generators to carry on your back when taking your PSP and graphically intesnive games around with you (Metal Gear Ac!d, Gran Turismo, Ridge Racers, etc.).

[sarcasm]Yep, looks like IGN is right, as always...[/sarcasm]

Shudder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11075944)

Prosecutor: The defendent is plainly GUILTY!

Defence Attorney: Clearly, he is INNOCENT!

You (on jury): [sarcasm]Yep, looks like old Mr Prosecutor is right, as always...[/sarcasm]

Where do I send my CV? (1)

ZZeta (743322) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075793)

Oh my! Are they hiring??

Let me get this straight. There's someone out there whose job is to play until the game runs out of a battery? Is he a lucky bastard or what?!

Sure, sure, go on, tell me he'll be tired someday. Whatever. When that day comes, I'll be the first to send out my resumé ;)

And you trust... IGN? (3, Insightful)

juuri (7678) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075794)

Of course Gamespot [] says the battery life is a bit more variable than that.

For those not playing at home IGN has had some incredibly biased coverage in this recent round of handheld launches going so far as to "talk down" about the Nintendo DS on the actual DS portion of IGN. While both portable gaming systems kick ass, they do it in different ways, the rampant fanboyism at IGN is somewhat sickening, especially given than when it was first started, way back as Next Generation and even before then when the site was run off a college server it was known to being one of the first gaming sites to push honest opinions.

Turn the system on after use, and off before. (2, Interesting)

me at werk (836328) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075799)

I love this journal. First, they decide to give you times in American West Coast (PST) for no reason, as they're in japan, and time of day here matters not to anyone when the test is taking place in day/night conditions in japan. Could someone post the article but translate the times to Japan time, so that their actions make sense logically?

Also, they've made a few, how do you say, mistakes?

4:30AM: Stopped MP3 use

4:30AM: Status Report
- Battery remaining: 76%
- Full brightness time remaining: 3:43
- Low brightness time remaining: 4:42

4:30AM: Turned System On

6:00AM: Turned System Off

6:00AM: Played Games
Played Minna no Golf and Armored Core at full brightness.

That part sure confused me.

Re:Turn the system on after use, and off before. (2, Informative)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075864)

Japan is over the international dateline, +17 hours west coast(14 east cost), so for example, right now it is 6:20 am Tuesday Japan time.

Now we now there are TWO issues with PSP! (1)

Zangief (461457) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075805)

What about a Loading time journal?

Best part - Armored Core sucks (2, Funny)

apachetoolbox (456499) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075815)

7:45AM: Stopped playing games Realized that you don't actually control mechs in Armored Core, so decided to stop playing.

yeah that about summed up armored core for everyone else to :)

Re:Best part - Armored Core sucks (1)

nitehorse (58425) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075990)

oh man. I still love those games.

giant robot combat with lasers and missiles. ::sigh::

such good times.

ukresist has some funny images about the PSP (4, Funny)

joeldg (518249) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075856) []
I love the people packing around the car batteries to be able to use their PSP's hah.
direct link to images: [] .jpg []


Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075999)

+5, funny.

Awesome.. (2, Interesting)

sinner0423 (687266) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075865)

Now that we've got everyone talking about battery life of the PSP - what about DRM? I threw my MiniDisc player in the garbage, after the headaches I had to endure with the software / copy protection.

I'm not trolling, one of the selling points of the PSP is the fact that you can load up all kinds of user created content on it.

I'd hate to purchase one just to find out that I have to do it Sony's way, or no way. I really don't want to make another one of those expensive mistakes.

Re:Awesome.. (1)

Graemee (524726) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075915)

I threw my MiniDisc player in the garbage,

Dude, that's called Ebay

Re:Awesome.. (1)

sinner0423 (687266) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075946)

Honestly, I wouldn't wish the MD player on anyone, let alone some poor unsuspecting fool on ebay. I did get some use out of it, but got caught up in the hype when they first came out.

After the casing starting coming apart, the buttons started to recess in to the unit, I just figured it wasn't worth my time to even toss it on ebay, and threw it out. The draconian copy protection was just the icing on the cake.

Another approach (1)

Vvornth (828734) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075900)

The low battery time is only an issue the months right after the system's launch. Because I can guarantee you that if Sony doesn't release an alternate battery, third part assecory developers won't be late to profit from it. Thus, I am far more interested in the physical constraints involved in changing the battery.

What do you expect? (1)

scolby (838499) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075982)

Not only is it translating data from the media, running a screen, and accepting input from the user, it's also making a disk spin extremely fast. Sounds like a battery sucker to me.

PSP is a grand slam for Sony (2, Interesting)

evil-empir3 (590188) | more than 9 years ago | (#11075995)

i got one in Shinjuku on launch day and played Ridge Racers for a solid 4 hours and some time just dinking around before the battery crapped out. i'm perfectly satisfied with that performance. i see a lot of PSP bashing from people that don't even have one. i think that once you have one in your hands, you'll whistle a different tune. i like the DS, but the PSP experience is light years ahead of the DS experience.

PSP Battery journal (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11076014)

Does anyone more familiar with this subject than me want to explain why there're so many Paintshop Pro articles on slashdot at the moment?

5 hours at best? I will stick with my GBA then. (3, Interesting)

Jagasian (129329) | more than 9 years ago | (#11076033)

My GBA gets near 20 hours of battery life! I can basically take it on a vacation and not have to worry about bring along the recharging equipment.

Gamespot says 90 minutes in real life tests (5, Informative)

_KiTA_ (241027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11076043)

Accordig to reports from Gamespot [] , the battery lasts approximately an hour and a half to 3 hours playing a complex 3d game like Ridge Racer. The benchmarks from Sony apparently come from using non-graphically intense, small games that don't require much CPU, VPU, or disc read time.

Sony did similar things when they were releasing benchmarks of the Playstation 2 -- they turned off all lights in the room, and rendered a black triangle polygon in a black room. The numbers were amazing. But they weren't real at all.

So yeah. PSP Battery Life: 90 minutes. This drops further if you enable WIFI.

Q: How long does the PSP's battery last?

A: The short answer is that it depends on what you're doing. The longer answer is that Sony has stated that the battery should last around six hours. With simpler-looking games, like Lumines or Mahjong Fight Club, that definitely seems to be the case. But with more graphically intensive games, like Ridge Racers, the battery doesn't last quite as long. Based on our estimates and a few battery-draining tests, Ridge Racers seems to last somewhere between 90 minutes and three hours. Playing with the wireless networking switch flipped on will also further reduce your battery life. The system has an auto-sleep function that stops the wireless drain, but that switch is there for a reason. Turn it off when you're not using it.
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