Monday, 9 September 2013

Sony Announce New PS Vita

Sony has announced a redesign of the PS Vita at their pre-Tokyo Game Show conference.

The redesigned unit will be 20% thinner and 15% lighter than the current Vita model, which is fairly impressive as it is already pretty thin and very light.

Surprisingly, it also has some built in storage, although it's only 1gb, it's still better than nothing.

One of the caveats to this cheaper model though, is that the gorgeous 5 inch OLED touchscreen on the current Vita has been replaced with a 5 inch LCD model. Seeing as the quality of the screen is one of the selling points of the Vita, this could be a big disappointment. On the flip side, with a less power hungry screen, the battery life will be boosted by around about an hour.

As well as the Vita refresh, Sony also announced the Vita TV. This unusual little unit allows you to play PS Vita games on your TV using a Dual Shock 3 (and eventually, Dual Shock 4) controller.

The diminutive little unit is only 6cm by 10cm, about the size of a deck of cards. It has a slot for Vita game cards as well as Vita memory cards. The unit will also allow for remote play from PS3/PS4 and will allow you to use streaming services (Hulu has already been mentioned) straight to your TV.

The refreshed PS Vita will be released in Japan for 18,980 Yen ($190) on October 10th. The PS Vita TV will be released on November 14th for 9,480 Yen ($95). A special edition of the Vita TV, which comes bundled with a Dual Shock 3 and an 8gb Vita memory card will be available on the same day for 14,980 Yen ($150).

No US or Europe release dates or pricing has been released yet for either model but it's a good bet that they'll eventually get a western release


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