The lights are on
At an Asia-focused press conference early this morning, Sony announced the first PlayStation Vita hardware revision. The new form factor for the device offers small improvements and a variety of new colors.
The new Vitas, which come in white, light blue, yellow, pink, tan, and black, sport a 20 percent reduction in thickness and 15 percent decrease in weight. The systems come with 1 GB of onboard memory and offer an additional hour of average battery life.
The screen has been changed from the OLEDs found in the original Vita to an LCD. Additionally, the data transfer and charging port has been adjusted from the proprietary design to micro-USB. The new 2000 model will only be available in the Wi-Fi configuration.
A 64 GB memory card was also announced. It will retail for 9,980 yen (approximately $100).
Our TakeA PlayStation hardware revision isn't a surprise, and this one makes some interesting strides. Changing the data transfer/charging port to micro-USB is a smart convenience change. The increase in battery life and 1 GB of onboard memory are also good to hear.
Given that this is only coming in a Wi-Fi model, it's safe to assume that Sony's 3G plans completely fizzled. There was never support or incentive for developers to include 3G functions in their development plans, and once again, splitting a user base has proven fatal to optional features.
The one surprise is the change from an OLED display to an LCD screen. Until we get a chance to hold the two versions side-by-side though, we won't be able to know how much of a difference (if any) this makes.
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The header thumbnail made me think they were going to do a snazzy multicolor console. I was interested in that one. =/
I'm glad i just bought the old model. That OLED screen sure looks great and has a great refresh rate. I don't feel like i'm missing much with the slim model. And yes LCD is a proven tech but OLED is the cream of the crop. OLED has pretty much all the benefits of plasma and LCD and very few of eithers drawbacks. I'm not sure the exact refresh rate of OLED but its vastly greater than even plasma. I can't wait until OLED tvs get within my price range. This move from OLED to LCD doesn't suprise me since OLED is still quit expensive to produce.
Just two words......USA and Europe!
if you can play all the back catalog of ps2 and ps1 on a subscrption like the ps plus, i will get it
i'll stick with having a nice thicker handheld that doesn't cramp my hands ( 3ds is thinner and does) and my beautiful OLED screen. honestly only the batterylife improvement and memory sound good
Everything sounds great besides switching to LCD. It's understandable though if they want to keep the device on the cheaper side. OLED is still quite expensive. I just hope there isn't a significant drop in screen quality. I'll probably just stick with the one I have now.
Adding 1 GB of onboard memory and shifting to micro-USB are great improvements, but I just bought a Vita last week (and love it), so I'll be sticking with the old model.
I'm fine with my current Vita. I would only get the updated one if they had some deal where you could trade the old one in and get the new for a good discounted price. And the 64 gig memory is nice. I paid $40 for a 16gig and I'm completely out of room, so a nice sized memory card would be appreciated.
Give me pink or give me DEATH
i wish the vita had two memory card slots
1) to transfer memory back and forth
2) increase vita's memory size
Anyways this is good to hear but so far i'm good with my current vita.
*Any news on the PS4/PSvita bundle rumor?
I want a pink Vita, but I already have a black one.
Some of these changes seem nice. But I'm still at odds with the memory cards, and how overpriced they are compared to the typical market value. I guess that's a way for them to make money.
May be I missed it but isnthe price listed for the new model? And Im concerned about the screen change also.If there is a big drop in picture quality, I just buy the old model. This is stillna step in the right direction finally.
"Given that this is only coming in a Wi-Fi model, it's safe to assume that Sony's 3G plans completely fizzled. There was never support or incentive for developers to include 3G functions in their development plans, and once again, splitting a user base has proven fatal to optional features."
Wat? I thought the only reason to get the 3G version was for internet browsing on the go. Did people actually think there would games that supported multiplayer over 3G?
I want to get a vita down the road,maybe after the PS4 releases.
I hope they're using their Tri-luminous display tech on these devices, since every gadget site has been raving about them on the Xperia Z Ultra, and they're supposedly really bright.
That's quite impressive for it I guess.
This still doesn't solve the problem of the PS Vita having no compelling software.