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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Wow. I really like what I'm hearing and seeing.
64 GB, that's a lot. I think it costs a lot though.
$100 for 64gb, come on! I can buy a 64gb SD card for half that, and a terabyte hard drive for less than $100! I want to get a vita especially since the price drop, $199 is a great deal but if I can't get substantial memory with out spending $300+ I am out!
This is as stupid as Nintendo not having a larger internal hard drive than 32gb.
Thinner good, Lighter nice, OLED to LCD not so sure, 512MB to 1GB its about time.
Sony is doing something with the PS Vita that Nintendo refuses to do with the 3DS; listen to what people want from it. Where's the 3DS without the region locking? Or longer battery life? Or a built-in second analog stick and Z trigger buttons? The Vita is beating the 3DS in almost every way. The only issue with the Vita is the proprietary format for the memory cards. 2DS!? Gimme a %&(#!)$ break!!!
If there is one thing that would get me on-board for the Vita, it would be getting them to release EVERY PSP game on PSN. Crisis Core, Birth By Sleep, and Mega Man Powered Up, specifically...
If only Sony could release those colors!
When will the new VITA'S release in Europe? Important information.
cool color light blue XD ps vita
i found that at&t was overpriced garbage.....covrage was horrible i live 2 miles from an at&t store yet have no 3g at my house
I should of never sold my vita, I knew the 3G would be a flop, as if any parent is going to seriously pay for a kid/teens already cellphone bill plus now for a gaming system. It was definitely marketed towards adults who are sincere gamers, but honestly, do we ever really play out and about? Mostly on our work breaks and bus rides, but nothing beats the comfort of your own home, so why even bother with a plan? I think it's a smart move, and giving the "apple" quality change if colors is a great strategy too, people will look more into it, finally, some large quantities of memory as well! The only disappointment, changing from an OLED to LCD. Let's see how it makes an impressionable or disappointing change.
I've been on the fence about this thing since it released...
New colors won't change that. C'mon, Sony. Nintendo is murdering you in this department.
There are two reasons for the change from OLED to LCD.
1) LCD is cheaper than OLED
2) Sony is tired of hearing complaints about the weird black splotches that appear on the screen in certain light conditions. A lot of people are returning their Vitas because of this.
I have two Vitas and they both have the black splotches and it does not affect my gameplay in anyway. You can create the condition if you play in a dark room and watch the black loading screens. The amount of splotching varies from one system to the next. My one vita has minor splotching in the upper right hand side of the screen, while my other unit has a lot of splotching all over the screen. Sony’s manual does talk about this splotching and say it’s a normal condition of the OLED’s.