New PlayStation Vita Is 20% Thinner, 15% Lighter, Has 1GB Of Memory

By Spencer . September 8, 2013 . 11:09pm


Update: More details about and photos of the new PlayStation Vita are posted here.

Sony announced a new PlayStation Vita model scheduled to come out on October 10. The new model is 20% thinner, 15% lighter and has 1GB of memory built in. The updated PS Vita model has one more hour of battery life for a total of 6 hours. You can charge the new Vita using micro USB.


The updated PlayStation Vita will cost 18,980 yen in Japan.

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  • AokiShizuku

    Curse me for being impatient and buying a white wifi Vita.

    • DragonSix

      you’re just fine, the old OLED screen is much better.

      • awat

        Agreed OLED>LCD
        plus the OG PSVITA looks way better.
        ps.*i am not regrettin havin ordered an og psvita patiently waiting for it c:

    • DarthSithZero

      Just wait for the Vita 3000 or Super Slim or whatever you want to call it.

  • Croix Zapp

    A slap in the face to those who bought vita and supported Sony.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Like every redesign for every piece of tech ever, right?

      • Testsubject909

        So does that mean the 2DS was a slap in the face of everyone who bought a 3DS?

        • Zero_Destiny

          Yup. Darn it Nintendo, how’d you know I always wanted my 3DS not to flip open!

    • Dago

      This one is LCD not LED,so yeah…

      • Croix Zapp

        Well, missed the fact that it’s LCD…
        Guess that makes our Vita Much more worth it eh

    • Ferrick

      it’s basically a “downgrade” like a certain unflippable portable with double screen, so it’s not even a slap in the face

  • eilegz

    we all knew it was coming and yet we got the old version, at least the improvement its not that big

  • Kyosuke Yoshino

    Is it true that it has LCD instead of OLED?

    If so it’s a big downgrade, however if they can produce it cheaper, maybe price can be lower, so more people can buy it.

    • ishyg

      How so?

      I never find the LCD on iPhones lacking in quality. TBH IPS is better than OLED IMO.

  • Audie Bakerson

    It’s an LCD and not an OLED and still using memory cards. I’ll wait for the 3000.

    • Audie Bakerson


      Uh… The TV thing is equivalent to a Go?

  • $36487238

    Well, least my brother gets this one when he buys his VITA. I don’t mind. The more, the merrier.

  • Sergio Briceño

    Now bring it over and I will get 2 of each color. Word.

  • Tyler Beale

    1. No Video-Out? Really?
    2. Fun fact: The PS Vita actually DOES have internal storage – but it’s reserved for system use only. (IE where the LiveAreas from physical copies of games are installed, where Trophies are stored, where the PUP update files are downloaded, etc.)

    • ShinStar

      My friend and I are waiting for Video/TV-Out as well. A shame they made this “downgrade” version. :(

      • Solomon_Kano

        You’ll likely be waiting forever, since they also announced the Vita TV.

        • ShinStar

          Yeah, it’s a shame too because it’s like they split up the hardware with the new PSV (lighter, Micro USB port?), and the Vita TV (being able to use a DS3 controller and obviously the TV function lol.)

  • klkAlexar

    Good thing I haven’t bought a vita yet. Although I’m feeling a bit conflicted.

  • Suicunesol

    I take it this is cheaper? No OLED, no video out, etc.

    So I take it this is aimed at the less-loaded audience; that is to say, the kids. Sort of.

    I guess this is Sony’s plan for competing with 2DS? A cheaper model vs. a cheaper model. Releasing in the same month, too.

    I’m glad I didn’t buy a Vita yet. But I don’t know. Since Vita doesn’t yet have the library I’m looking for, buying a Vita without the nice OLED screen and other gadgets feels like a waste.

    • Shuga Suenaga

      if you compare to a 2DS the 2DS its still the best option i mean the game library you know :v… Games are coming for PS VITA but i dont know, it just doesnt call my attention :/

      • Suicunesol

        That’s 3DS to you good sir. Three-Dee-Es.

        If I were to buy a Playstation Vita right now, I’d pick up Gravity Daze, Muramasa, and Dead or Alive+. As we all know, though, there has been release after release for 3DS and I can’t keep up. Still treading through SMT, and Pokemon will be next if Senran Kagura isn’t. Oh, I’m sorry, I meant Ace Attorney, but only if there’s money left after Etrian Odyssey Untold. (see what I mean? :P)

        • Shuga Suenaga

          lol yeah so many games i cant even finish one XD

        • Steven Higgins

          He or she was talking about the 2DS (you know, the one that looks like it came out of a Happy Meal?) vs the PS Vita 2000

      • Testsubject909

        Which is amusing because there really aren’t that many games on the 3DS I care for comparatively to the Vita.

        Etrian Odyssey, Soul Hacker, SMT4, Ace Attorney and Fire Emblem are pretty much the only games that make the 3DS appealing to me.

        And that’s a slim selection compared to what’s on the Vita…

        And that’s only talking about the currently localized games by the way. If we talk imports. The numbers augment a bit… for both handhelds so I’m still shrugging about it.

        That and… Considering Gravity Rush, Muramasa Rebirth, Project Diva F Imported, One Piece Pirate Warriors 2 Vita Imported, Ace Odyssey, Soul Sacrifice and Dragon’s Crown to name a few. I have absolutely no regrets with my Vita, if anything I’m quite glad and actually have a backlog of games on my Vita that’s slowly but steadily building up.

        Might sound odd but I find the slow pace of game release for the Vita to actually be a great blessing for myself. It lets me finish my games before a new one comes out.

        • Herok♞

          Granted it all does come down to someone’s preferences in the end but by sheer numbers Vita can’t compete with 3DS in the amount of games it can play, since you can play both 3DS and almost all of the DS games right on the machine from the get go, while with the Vita you can play PSP games but only if you had them downloaded, which can eliminate huge game collections people already have and leave out some really important PSP games such as CC:FF7 or KH:BBS. I do like my Vita but I do say 3DS is overall better for most people if I were to recommend they buy a new handheld today, especially if we talk about Vita exclusives which bumps the number of Vita games I have to 3 at most.

    • Stranger On The Road

      Wait, the Vita doesn’t have video out. You can only use the built-in screen. Although I will admit that watching some demos where the developers’ version could display image on the big screen make the concept interesting.

      My desired feature for the PS Vita: reverse remote play, use the PS3 to display the Vita image on the big screen :-)

  • Total_Overdose

    Where’s that international release, Sony? So glad I held off on buying a Vita.

  • Total_Overdose

    Where’s that international release, Sony? So glad I held off on buying a Vita.

  • $48552495

    Wow, you can charge it via micro USB. That’s actually pretty neat, save me up for bringing lots of charger when I’m on a trip.

  • xxx128

    The vita was my system of choice because i am deeply unhappy where microsoft and sony are taking home consoles in this day and age. And i couldnt be happier with the games that are available forthe psv. As for psv2000 i couldnt care less. The OLED screen is a thing of sheer beauty and i cant imagine that LCD is going to come close.

  • leingod

    I guess that was a cool move. They made a lighter, cheaper model but us early adopters still keep an edge with the OLED screen.

    • Testsubject909

      And I for one will not part with that OLED screen.

      It is beautiful.

  • d19xx

    I need that white one….

  • Tenabrus

    I hope this doesn’t phase out the original model cause that LCD downgrade is a major turn off, I want a Vita but I don’t want this cheapened downgrade, I’ll gladly pay extra to keep the OLED screen instead of an LCD and gladly pay whatever amount they’ll charge for the 64gb memory stick. I can live with one hour less of battery if it means I get a much better screen.

  • Spider-Man

    I’ll stick with my original Vita. Like I did with my PSP 1000.

    • Shady Shariest

      Same here… PSP 1000 ruled over the slippery successors >:3

    • Kami nii

      Same here I’m with my OLED screen Luna FTW

    • Testsubject909

      PSP 1000 was awesome because you could switch out the analog nub for one that stuck out more, made it way easier to play a lot of games.

  • If I have to pay for the 3G, then this is do deal for me lol. It looks nice, don’t get me wrong, but I’ll stick with my original White WiFi version thank you =)

    • Solomon_Kano

      There’s only a single model for this revision, so it’s likely Wi-fi only.

    • Testsubject909

      You know… If it’s the WiFi only model, couldn’t you get a smartphone with 3G or 4G on it and set your cellphone to be a WiFi hotspot for your PSVita to use?

  • Oliver Teigaga

    those colours look delicious, shame about the OLED being removed.

  • Dexward

    So torn. My Vita is experiencing the blue light of dead with the only repair is to send to Sony, costing me because I’m out of warranty. I don’t want to miss out on upcoming games and games I missed out on due to school, especially ones with multiplayer because those will be dead soon. I was planning to get one when it’s on sale and because of price drop, but then comes this news…

    • Solomon_Kano

      Welp, at this point you really just have to ask yourself if you want OLED or not, because this only comes in slightly under the Vita’s current price in Japan. So you won’t be saving much over the price drop that already happened, if we see that difference in price on the western versions at all.

      Unless you want those new colors, then there’s really only one choice~

    • Steven Higgins

      Blue Light of Death? Have you tried resetting it (i.e.hold power button for 20 sec?) I’ve had a problem where the power light is a steady blue but the buttons don’t respond. Resetting works every time.

      • Dexward

        Yep. I have even held the power button for about 3 minutes to no avail.

  • epy

    No OLED screen :(.

  • Jake Joe

    Does anyone else know if the New Screen is gonna be using IPS screen?

  • Phantom R

    I almost wanna get it. Would it be a bad idea? Should I just get the original Vita?

    • Solomon_Kano

      What do you want more: OLED or a lighter, thinner system with a bit of built-in memory and a better battery? Because a nice screen is the only real tradeoff, since the price is similar (this is about $10 cheaper than the current Vita in Japan).

  • Gekokujou

    Assuming this model only has the said LCD screen, we can just think of it as the original Vita being the super prototype and the new one being a scaled down, more energy efficient mass production model.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      ……….. That sounds like Gundam and GM relationship lol.^_^

      • Gekokujou

        Exactly lol. There’s actually a whole trope around super prototypes. I recommend you look it up if you haven’t already ;)

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Actually, I kind of like this. I never particularly cared about the OLED screen, but I do like having as much battery life as possible and I’ve always hated the need to purchase separate accessories just to save my games. So a Vita model with built-in memory and extra battery life is a very nice option to have.

    That said, the reason why I haven’t bought a Vita so far is because the currently available game library doesn’t appeal to me. Unfortunately, this has yet to change and I can’t justify buying the system until it does.

  • DarthSithZero

    Battery 6 hours . . Yay
    Thinner lighter. . Great
    1GB Storage . . . Good
    Design. . . ok
    LCD Screen . . . .WHAT!?!?!

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