The PS Vita PCH-2000 is now 15 percent lighter than the original portable console. It will also have an additional one hour of battery life, while the screen has been changed to LCD from OLED – which could explain why the new Vita is priced at $190. The original Vita launched at about $25o.
The new Vita will also come with a micro USB charger and will be available in a variety of colors such as pink, black, blue, grey, lime green, and yellow. There will also be special edition models like the Gundam Breaker, God Eater (camouflage!) and Otomate.
For the older console, the OLED WiFi and 3G version will be bundled with a new ‘Play!’ Game Pack, which comes with pre-installed games and a memory card packed in as well as 90 days of PS Plus and will be priced at about $241. Though the old versions will be bundled, the OLED WiFi only version will be discontinued in the long run, while the 3G version will continue to be sold.
The new PS Vita will hit stores in Japan on October 10, 2013. No news yet when it will be available for the rest of the world.
PS Vita TV
Sony also unveiled a new device called the PS Vita TV. This device is like a mini game console, allowing gamers to play their PS Vita games on their TVs. It has HDMI output that would allow you to connect it to your HDTV’s HDMI slot, a slot for PS Vita games, USB, Power and ethernet ports.
The PS Vita will sell for about $100, or else it comes bundled with a PS controller and storage card for $150. Yes, it’s compatible with PS controllers so you can play games with your family or friends. Not only that, the device will also be compatible with the PS 4, when Sony’s new console eventually comes out. The pairing allows for remote play – which means that even if you’re alone, you and your friends can still have a gaming session from the comfort of your own homes
The device is smaller than the PS controller, measuring at 60mm x 100mm, so if you’re not into bulky electronics, this would suit you. Aside from playing games and watching movies on the device, it will come with Twitter so you can keep up with what’s trending; Hulu so you can watch all your favorite shows; and NicoNico Douga – the video sharing website.
The PS Vita TV will hit Japan on November 14, 2013. No information yet as to when the device would be available in other countries.