New Lightweight Vita Model Announced

Monday, September 9th, 2013

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PS Vita PCH-2000 white

Sony dropped a bomb on the video game industry today with its announcement of the PlayStation Vita TV, but that wasn’t the only Vita-related news to come out of Japan this morning. A new, slimmer version of the handheld system was also announced.

This new Vita (model PCH-2000) looks as if it was made to appeal to a wider range of gamers. It’s lighter and thinner than the standard model (by 15% and 20% respectively) and boasts a battery life of six hours. It also comes in a variety of colors, including white, light blue, green, pink, khaki and black.

PS Vita PCH-2000 colors
PS Vita PCH-2000 colors PS Vita PCH-2000 colors

Other changes to the hardware include an LCD screen (replacing the original’s OLED screen) and a built-in 1 GB memory card.

The new model will go on sale in Japan on October 10th, retailing at ¥18,980 (roughly $190 USD and €143). There’s no announcement yet about a release date outside Japan.

What are your thoughts on the redesign? Was your favorite color included in the lineup? If you don’t have a Vita, does this (or the announcement of the PlayStation Vita TV) influence your decision to buy? Let us know in a comment!

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  • smacd

    I’m interested in one of these for sure, since I don’t have a Vita yet but there are enough games that I’m seriously considering one.

    However, all I see around online is that people are complaining about the LCD screen and how the original Vita’s OLED is “superior”. Does it really matter that much? And also, nice of them to include 1GB of memory, but that’s clearly not enough to really store games, maybe some game saves but its pretty pitiful. They could have put far more in there without driving up the cost very much.

    • Linka

      OLED is meant to be a much more superior screen– but on that note, OLED is a lot more expensive. Even just looking at TV prices for that (which are very high still), you can figure that even that five-inch screen costs a bit in production, especially when the Vita isn’t moving as well as it could be.

      So while I do understand the switch to LCD, I’m thankful I got an early model of the Vita, cause it looks very nice to me.

    • smacd

      Right, but the reports are stating that the LCD screen they are using is capable of 16 million colors, and is basically equivalent to the OLED. Plus, it wouldn’t have the burn-in issues that OLED has.

      I think my issue is that I don’t see why people are having kneejerk reactions without actually seeing one of these devices. Even if the OLED is superior, if the difference is fairly miniscule on a small screen, I’m not sure why people care so much. This isn’t like removing the back-compat from the PS3 was.

    • JonathanisPrimus

      This says everything. OLED is better for game. No ghosting: http://h11.abload.de/img/oled16j74.gif

    • smacd

      I will reserve my judgement of the screen until I can actually see a Vita-1000 and a Vita-2000 side by side rather than some hacky picture of old hardware that is being used to justify a knee-jerk reaction.

  • MegaMan.EXE

    This is nice! I plan on getting one, but the only game I really want for it is PSO2, which isn’t even announced for release outside Japan…

    • R. Butler

      Quick Google search confirms a US site, though there’s next to nothing about what systems it’ll be for. http://www.pso2.com/us/
      Considering Sega’s apparent hate!boner for any place outside Japan (nevermind their bumbling marketing dept), I don’t think we’ll see a Vita release here in the States, so… Buy it from Play-Asia.com or likewise inter-Atlantic retailer?
      Might be your only option – had to do the same to get my hands on Project Zero 4 a couple of years back 🙁

    • MegaMan.EXE

      I will be okay. I have a few imports myself. So the vita isn’t region locked?

    • R. Butler

      No, but Sony decided that the memory cards should be a couple months back…
      …Dear sweet Christ I hate gaming companies sometimes =__=

    • RagunaXL

      that site has been up since pax 2012. if you follow the link to the official facebook page it went dark around that time too. it’s just a bunch of fans ranting on it, i’m one of them of course, about how it will never come out.
      I have hopes though. With Nova, it’s story driven, so if it came out in the west it would need to be translated, which takes time and money. but it is ad-hoc so sega won’t have to pay for the servers.
      also, if they are still releasing PSO2 in the west, that info went dark with the ps3 port in japan. there is some speculation that it will come out for ps4 in full-spec. Sony is pushing the free-to-play MMO’s for PS4 as hard as they are pushing indie-gaming.
      They just announced that Asiasoft will open English servers to 6 south pacific islands in 2014. It would be a good testing grounds before they hit Europe and US.

      Like they stated on this site, PS Vita isn’t region-locked so I am gonna get one for PS:Nova whether it comes out in US or not.

  • PINK.

  • If anyone cares to cut through the rhetoric and conclusion-jumping with some actual facts… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OLED#Advantages

  • I already have a white vita, but that khaki one is pretty sexy.

  • RagunaXL

    I love the OLED screen. the new colors and weight are nice though. The battery length is getting better too! I love my 3DS but want a Vita as well. The good news I draw from this, if it comes out in the US we may see another price drop in the original model.

  • WishingTikal

    Really disappointed, the front is either black or white, it’s just the back that is colored. I would have gotten the pink one, but the front is black… Ugh.