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Sony: New PSP Battery Life Same As "Old" PSP Battery Life

Sony's all "psshhhh, whatevs" over talk that the new PSP-3000 will have a reduced battery life.

Fear the ring.
If you're like me, you recently bought a new "slim" PSP and haven't really used it enough to justify your weird hardware collecting habits. You're also thinking about slipping off your shoes and working the rest of the day in your socks, even though you hate people who walk around an office with no socks on. You're probably also simultaneously excited and annoyed that Sony's already announced plans to release a new piece of PSP hardware.

There's been a lot of talk lately about the battery life of the upcoming PSP-3000, largely due to its brighter screen--that power's gotta come from somewhere, right? Sony's John Koller posted on the company's official blog this morning claiming that that you needn't worry--the same four-to-six hours you get for games and four-to-five hours you'll get for all those UMD movies you're watching on your current PSP will be just as four-to-six houry on the new hardware.

And hey, don't forget that along with that nicer screen, you'll also get a built-in microphone and a smaller ring on the back. Look for that smaller ring to hit stores next month.
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Fear the ring.
If you're like me, you recently bought a new "slim" PSP and haven't really used it enough to justify your weird hardware collecting habits. You're also thinking about slipping off your shoes and working the rest of the day in your socks, even though you hate people who walk around an office with no socks on. You're probably also simultaneously excited and annoyed that Sony's already announced plans to release a new piece of PSP hardware.

There's been a lot of talk lately about the battery life of the upcoming PSP-3000, largely due to its brighter screen--that power's gotta come from somewhere, right? Sony's John Koller posted on the company's official blog this morning claiming that that you needn't worry--the same four-to-six hours you get for games and four-to-five hours you'll get for all those UMD movies you're watching on your current PSP will be just as four-to-six houry on the new hardware.

And hey, don't forget that along with that nicer screen, you'll also get a built-in microphone and a smaller ring on the back. Look for that smaller ring to hit stores next month.
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Posted by MagicKiwi

I don't get it, why is a smaller ring a feature?

Posted by MattyFTM

Damn, I was hoping they'd stick a more powerful battery in there and make it last longer. I want to play my PSP for longer :(.

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Posted by Drebin_893

Hmmm, The battery life is simply not good enough, but, hell, all these updates are for free

Posted by CheeseFanatic

Somebody really needs to work on battery technology.  All of our electronic are advancing but the battery lifes are staying the same.  First the iPhone, now this!  When will it end?

Posted by Relys

They're just trying to make an excuse to put out a new model so they can stop Pandora.

Posted by duxup

How about some games?

Posted by MasterSplinter

What it needs is a better library, not another redesign.

Posted by ManMadeGod

Looks like I'm just going to stick with my slim.

Posted by Emandudeguyperson
Posted by ZeroGravX

Save your money and wait for the PSP-4000 right? Because who cares about getting good games, we need more versions of the PSP! Right? No?

Posted by imHunt

This sucks. If I wanted another PSP I'd have already bought one. Features, features, features...gimme some games!

Posted by Steve_C

That redesign of the ring may be to create less scratching on it maybe? It's not only thinner, but the finish of the metal is different so maybe it's more resistant.

I only got a PSP-2000 a couple of months ago and theres already a couple of scratches on the ring, not that i'm too bothered. I do feel a little bummed out by this announcement, but the changes aren't drastic enough to make it want it. If anything it's putting me off, the battery life's not that great anyway so it sucks to make it even lower.

Posted by FCKSNAP

I got a slim when it first came out (didn't own a PSP before), and I'd say wait for them to make one that's more like an iPhone of some sort.

Posted by TheAdmin

I love how they're on the 3rd version of hardware already yet all the games consist of console ports with crap controls. I have an original PSP and I'm still waiting for amazing games to play on it. PASS.

Posted by mac512k

I think the PSP Team and the PS2 team are on a race to find out who can make the slimiest game system of all time.  

Posted by GalvanizedNails

SSX there are tons of great games on the PSP, if you can't see that then leave and don't jump on the "teh psp sukz, there arents any goodz gamez to play" bandwagon. Anyway, I though this revision just had a anti-glare screen, not a brighter screen.

Posted by YoctoYotta

The ring is a feature because it's now touch sensitive like the iPod. The older ring was just for looks and building a touch sensistive one that fat would have sent the price up.

/s

Posted by PLWolf

I like the look of the new 3000, but I just bought the blue 2000. I'll stick with that until some time after Christmas, then I'll get a 3000. I'm actually more excited about the news out of Japan today. Where your Ad-Hoc PSP games will be played online via PS3 connection. They're adding friend lists, and other features to go with it. Plus, Playstation Store access straight from the PSP. Soooo happy. The only thing to make me happier, would be confirmation of all that hitting North America and Trophy Support. Just think, a Universal ID with Trophies on both PSP and PS3 games. I'm all a quiver.

Posted by Tarsier

lol poor sony.

Posted by Aaron_G

Why do they have to keep changing their minds on what they say.

Posted by Scooper

I need a smaller ring, don't ask why.

Posted by Kohe321

Huh that sucks...

Posted by Aesoprawk

Gotta say, I'm pretty excited about this.  Although, I literally today was thinking about buying a red God of War PSP.  Oh well, I can wait a bit longer, it's not like the Kingdom Hearts stuff or FFXIII is anytime soon.

Posted by Player1

Smaller Ring? I'm in. 

Posted by jangofett88

I personally favor the bigger ring.

Posted by Emandudeguyperson

Okay, I've had enough of this shit!!! The PSP's battery life is FINE!! It's not like your gonna want to be playing all day!!!!