Sony’s Next Generation Portable (NGP) is aiming to have a comparable battery life to the PSP-3000, a Sony Executive told Kotaku.
Shuhei Yoshida, Senior Vice President of Product Development, reportedly explained to the blog that the longevity is a target set by the company, which would be approximately 5 hours.
A developer told the site that development kits currently outlast the PSP-3000, citing the switch from the Universal Media Disc (UMD) drive to flash media as the primary reason – although the hardware specifications may change upon its release later this year.
The battery will be sealed due to the device’s rear touchpad – though many consider it to be a move to combat piracy, a problem that plagued UMD-based iterations of the PlayStation Portable.
According to Eurogamer, the Sony Computer Entertainment Europe head, Andrew House, described the platform’s price as “appropriate for the handheld gaming space”.
He also attributed the system’s battery life to the use of flash media, and added that the OLED screen is “fantastically good for low power consumption as well“.