A Closer Look At The Redesigned PS Vita 2000

By Spencer . September 9, 2013 . 3:03am


On October 10, Sony will release a lighter and slimmer PlayStation Vita. The PCH-2000 model is 20% slimmer and 15% lighter than the original system. The front screen has also been changed to a high-definition liquid crystal display instead of the OLED screen in the first generation Vita. Sony says the screen is capable of displaying 16 million colors, making it comparable to the OLED display.


PlayStation Vita 2000 has a rounded design. Notice that the button layout has changed too with the start and select buttons underneath the right analog stick.


The new PlayStation Vita has longer battery life that lasts about one hour more. You can charge your system using a standard micro USB cable too. Sony also added 1GB of internal memory to Vita. A nice addition, but you will probably want a memory card if you plan on downloading Vita games.


Sony will have six colors prepped for launch white, lime green & white, light blue & white, khaki & black, pink & black, and black.



Here’s the spec sheet straight from Sony.

Platform name


Model number

PCH-2000 series


ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)



Main memory




External Dimensions

Approx. 183.6 x 85.1 x 15.0 mm (width x height x depth) (excludes largest projection)


Approx. 219g


(Touch screen)

5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, LCD

Multi touch screen (capacitive type)

Rear touch pad

Multi touch pad (capacitive type)


Front camera, Rear camera

Frame rate : [email protected]×240(QVGA), [email protected]×480(VGA)

Resolution : Up to 640×480(VGA)


Built-in stereo speakers

Built-in microphone

Motion sensors

Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass


Wi-Fi location service support

Keys / Switches

PS button

Power button

Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)

Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)

Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)

Right stick, Left stick

START button, SELECT button

Volume buttons (+/-)

Wireless communications

IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)

Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

Internal memory card



PlayStation®Vita card slot

Memory card slot

Micro USB port (Type B) (for USB data communication, DC IN, Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In], Serial data communication),

Headset jack (Stereo mini jack) (for Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In])

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  • Lumi

    It’s inferior hardware-wise but has better battery and comes in PINKKKKK

    Not sold yet. May get one used if the 2nd hand price drops even more

    • Testsubject909

      Oh hey, another Pink fan.

      Did not expect one, nevermind two fans of that color.

      • Lumi

        Pink is the greatest color of all! Seriously the Vita looks a LOT more enticing now that it’s gotten this color. But the front plate is still black, so it’s no different than putting a sticker on your regular vita. It should have been like the carnival color PSPs with all the buttons in the same color~~

  • TheExile285

    I’m content with my Vita but I’m happy Sony is trying. At least now you can buy a Vita and one game without a MC depending on the game.

    • Kami nii

      you know what really got me about the new system? it offers options and in consumers perspective its always best to have options, I own the original I still prefer it though named it Luna..xD

  • Cero55

    Should have added 8 gb internal memory,16 gb would be so nice.im fine with my old vita model tho.

  • Solomon_Kano

    That’s lime green? Looks like bright yellow to me. Hm.

    Anyhow, khaki looks pretty nice~

    • Daru Titor

      I agree.
      It looks more like yellow green at best.

    • MrRobbyM

      It’s just barely lime green. But it definitely looks a bit too much like yellow. Needs a bit more green in that lime green, Sony. Now it’s more like lemon green.

      • Solomon_Kano

        That’s an accurate way to put it. More lemon than lime.

        Would make a terrible mojito.

  • Gekokujou

    As I said in the other article, we can consider this the scaled-down mass production model and the original the super prototype.

    • Erikdayo

      This new one looks better to me. Especially if the LCD doesn’t auto dim after 1 min. LCD won’t have the burn in issues that OLED has so if I could at least keep the screen at full brightness for 5 min before dimming that’d be great. Certain games like The Walking Dead were constantly dimming on me due to the amount of cutscenes.

      • Kami nii

        You can set the auto dim in the settings but regarding the burn issues the system is not the problem there man its the owner of the system you need to takecare of your system and if you let it hanging too long open with full brightness thats the users fault if it burns, Though I respect your opinion I also kinda like the new system but still sticking with my original :)

        PS:planning on buying my sis one of these

        • Erikdayo

          You actually CAN NOT set the auto dim in settings. You set how long it takes for the system to go into sleep mode. Mine is set to 10 minutes, but it still auto dims after a minute or two no matter what. :(

          I don’t leave it on a still screen for long periods of time. It’s understandable if it auto dims after a minute while not in game or while paused. But during a cutscene it should never auto dim.

          • Kami nii

            hmm never experienced it before sorry I misread you 2nd post I’ll look into it maybe I can find solutions :)

          • Erikdayo

            I just told you what the deal is. Mine is set to stand by after TEN MINUTES. The display auto dims regardless of the stand by settings NO MATTER WHAT after a minute or two. NO MATTER WHAT.

            There is no option to make the screen not auto dim for a longer period of time.

          • Kami nii

            I stand corrected man thanks for telling me about this it would be a good feature if they added the option to allow it not to dim for a long period of time on the new system :)

  • mads

    i’ll stick with my VITA for the mean time, looking forward for 3000..

    • jujubee88

      I look forward to the year 3000 as well..

  • tubers

    2 GB would have been nice. (Killzone Mercenary 1.2 GB update)

    The backpad is now much smaller too and may affect the way a rare/few games as well (use L and R as reference points).

  • Erwin MadJelly

    Hmm…. LCD instead of OLED, no wonder they can add one more hr of battery life in, I’ll just skip this and stick to my old one.. 3000 perhaps?

    • Kevadu

      Actually, LCDs use more power than OLED displays. OLEDs are very efficient. So any power savings are coming elsewhere (probably making the processors, etc. on a smaller process).

      • jujubee88

        Not 100% true. OLED’s have differen’t colored LED’s to produce color. Some LED’s take up more juice than the other.

        Also, the white backlight of an OLED may take up as much wattage as an LCD would.

        The fact this new model adds battery life and is slimmer kind of speaks to the fact that the LCD used could be more power efficient. After all, the new battery must be slimmer and smaller to fit in that new chassis.

        • Erwin MadJelly

          I agree with you dude. Exactly what I was thinking :D
          Still I shall wait for feedback on the 2000 before I trade for one

          • jujubee88

            Good man. ^^

            I’m just more or less going by my bare knowledge of the tech. Your actual experiencing the differences between each device is a wise move.

          • Erwin MadJelly

            Haha hopefully someone I know imports his new VITA from Japan, and then we exchange to find out xD. By then I can decide for myself

  • Detrimont

    hopefully i’ll be able to get an original beofre they out of stock, its not even the LCD thing that bothers me, the original just looks better

    • Testsubject909

      *looks at his Vita in the Muramasa Rebirth LE armor*

      Yeah… It does look pretty damn slick.

  • tubers

    So it’s taller and wider too:

    in mm:

    182.0 vs 183.6 (new)

    83.5 vs 85.1 (new)

    18.6 vs 15.0 (new – more pocket friendly perhaps).

  • SilentMC

    While I’m mildly interested, I think I’m pretty happy with my Soul Sacrifice Vita (until a bundle for Delta is eventually announced)

  • $48552495

    Is it matte finish? Because it looks like it

    • Erikdayo

      On the front? Doubtful. On the back for areas besides the touch panel? I hope so. That’d make it like the current black Vita. The current white Vita uses glossy plastic on the back. Doesn’t feel as good.

  • NintendoPSX

    As much as Sony is trying to revive this thing I fear it’s too late.

    • Kami nii

      Lol Don’t think so

      • NintendoPSX

        Well I mean it’s because a lot of the Vita games are either enhanced versions of old games and console ports. Nothing terribly “new” appearing on the Vita library. While on the other side of the road, 3DS has more new and a slight share of it’s own enhanced versions.
        That’s why I say it’s probably too late. Or for better wording, too late to become relevant.

        • Kami nii

          That’s just you I understand that and don’t get me wrong I own both 3DS and PS vita Love em both and respect they’re difference but saying a console is dead or late even if its not even in its 2 year? O.o if you put it in that perspective then the 3ds was also long dead by its 1-2 year, because it had poor sales and less games other than games from DS

          Ps:Don’t be negative man

          • Symbol de Au

            3DS picked up within its first year. Console lifetimes are about 5-6 years. If a console doesn’t sell well within the first two years it’s already lost a third of the time it has to sell.

          • Kami nii

            5++ million systems sales is not low man for a 1 half year, if you compare it to 3ds of course its low but thats not the point here if you put sales into perspective it is actually doing fine by 5m++ alone and like I wrote not yet on year 2, and 5m ++ is before the price drop so sales will increase by that time

          • Testsubject909

            Console Lifetimes are about 5-6 years… Back in the PS1 days.

            If you haven’t noticed, with the plateau we’ve been rapidly reaching, that lifespan is going to do nothing but expand further.

            I’d expect the PS3 to keep going for another year or two at minimum. And if you take into account the incredibly long lifespan the PS2 had.

            That average console lifespan really is just increasing.

        • Testsubject909

          And yet on the 3DS side of thing there’s really only a small handful of games that interests me whereas on the Vita side there’s quite a few more then those on the 3DS side…

        • Jelly

          IMO, It is largely based on your preferences. Different handheld caters to different niche.

  • Mr_SP

    …The start and select buttons have always been under he right analog stick. They might have changed their shape a bit, but the button layout hasn’t visibly changed.

    • Erikdayo

      They made them easier to press. Looks like they stick out a little now.

  • Erikdayo

    Looking forward to this. Hopefully the white model comes to the US. But I’ll take whatever I can get. Mint/white is nice too.

    Since they are changing from OLED to LCD maybe they can get rid of that annoying auto dim after 1 minute ‘feature’. I know that OLED can have some burn in issues but LCD doesn’t really have that problem. It was a little annoying when playing The Walking Dead. Plenty of times where you go over a minute without pressing any buttons and the screen would dim.

    Also excited about being able to upgrade to a 64GB card. 32GB isn’t enough for me anymore.

  • Anesia Hunter

    …Sony…? ….Pink… Pink? PINK!! GIMMIE!! >.< I am so glad I haven't bought a PS Vita yet, I'd love to have a pink one.

    • Testsubject909

      Huh, that’s not a reaction I see often to the color Pink.

      Enjoy it though.

    • Kami nii

      Everybody love pink!! :) I’m planning on getting it for my sis

    • NimbusStev

      The pink is pretty neat, but I’m more interested in that neon yellow-green. I’ve seen pink consoles before but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in that color.

  • I think the 1 GB internal memory is to allow you to retain your account while you switch external memory cards.

    Furthermore, it might allow you to have multiple accounts, for multiple regions, as you do on the PS3. Currently, the Vita requires resetting to factory settings in order to switch, which is such a hassle.

    • Erikdayo

      I doubt it, but if I could have multiple accounts on my Vita I would be EXTREMELY happy. I rarely use my Japanese PSN account on my Vita because I don’t feel like resetting to switch back and forth… :/

      • Testsubject909

        Considering that gorgeous God Eater 2 Vita is the new Vita. I might go and grab that bundle (actually whichever Vita it is doesn’t matter that much, though I do like the OLED screen), just so I have another Vita and set that one up as an alternate region Vita so I don’t have to switch it on my current Vita.

        And that would be my excuse for buying a Limited Edition Vita despite owning one and refusing to part with my original one.

        • Testsubject909

          I mean it’s a launch edition Vita.

          It’s precious to me. Sentimental value and all.

          That and the new Vita wouldn’t fit in the Muramasa Rebirth Limited Edition Cover.

        • Erikdayo

          I hear you. Used to own the Miku Vita. But in the end I sold it because it was too much of a collector’s item. Didn’t feel as comfortable using it in public and potentially getting it dinged up… :( Sticking with the regular black Vita for now. If the all white or mint/white revisions make it to the US I’ll most likely pick one up. Having two Vita’s isn’t a bad idea. But right now my Japanese account on Vita is mainly only used for the PSP Project DIVA games.

      • If not, I’m going to wait a bit and grab a second vita for another region anyway.

        My issue is that my first PSN device was my Vita, and it is registered in Israel. I see so many products available to the rest of Europe I don’t get, and so many products available to NA that Europe in general doesn’t get. On my PS3, I buy most of the games from the NA account – about 23% discount without any special promotions, it adds up to.

        So, yeah…

  • xXDGFXx

    I like this model better ._.

    The start/select buttons, the PS button, and the smooth, round contour is just way nicer than the original….

    • Erikdayo

      Agreed! Just waiting for reviews on the portable. Mainly the display. But there is definitely a very good chance I will be upgrading (side grading?).

      • xXDGFXx

        I might buy this later. I sorta want to keep the original since it’s OLED and one-piece glass design.

    • jujubee88

      Good point on the smoother contour edges. Holding the VITA 1k in my hands, I don’t quite like the feel of the sharp face of the machine.

  • enorka miho

    Will probably get the PSV3K or model where Vita is almost is at its last cycle..

  • Tom_Phoenix

    As I mentioned in the previous article, I actually kind of like this model better than the original. A built-in memory card and extra battery life is more important to me than the OLED screen.

    Now if only the Vita’s software situation would improve as well…

    • Erikdayo

      Subjective… But I actually think the Vita has an excellent software library thus far. Though I am always up for a greater quantity of games. :D

      • Tom_Phoenix

        The problem with the Vita’s software library (thus far) is that a lot of it caters to a specific niche, resulting in a “love it or hate it” sort of situation. If you happen to be a part of that niche, you most likely love the Vita’s library and may even consider it superior to the 3DS one. But if you’re not, then the Vita’s library feels lacking.

        • Erikdayo

          Fair enough. I would probably give a slight nod to the Vita on software. But very slight. And a huge advantage to the Vita on hardware. Not just because it’s more powerful. The build quality just seems nicer to me. And I can’t stand the circle pads on the 3DS. But both are great!

        • MrTyrant

          It also needs exclusive games not seeing before. Some of those should be either secuel or spin-off of important and popular games. Not port with extra stuff.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    No OLED? No thanks!!

  • MidnightScott

    Meh, still doesn’t have enough games though :/

    • Erikdayo

      Has lots of great games. But it’s all a matter of taste. What sort of games are you looking to have on the Vita?

  • Monsley

    I so want the lime green one!
    I might finally buy myself a PS Vita, although that PS Vita TV thing seems like a fantastic option, too…

  • Judgephoenix

    I just woke up and saw this,,,,,guess that price drop was not because it was too high >.<

  • Valtiel Ikari

    I actually prefer my the first generation vita, but this would make a great present for mu firend.

  • chalkcl

    I knew it was a good idea to wait the second revision. I did the same for the PSP. I hope this one is cheaper than the original Vita though

    • jujubee88

      I think this one is like equivalent of being 10 or 20 bucks cheaper in Japan.

      So if it was like 200 bucks before it’s about 180 bucks now.

  • They made it rounder lol. I don’t really notice a big difference besides the specs.

    • brian

      It does look reasonably portable now?

      • My regular Vita is perfectly portable now lol

  • jengo

    Please let there be a way to transfer near miles!

  • doubleO7

    Eh, I’m fine with my current model. I’ve had very few issues with the battery life, although the system is a bit bulky, but I’ll survive.


    if they make a Blue/Dark Blue one i’ll buy it ASAP

  • KuroNathan

    oh man My current vita weighs so much so that’ll be nice. The issue though is that I already own a vita >.<

  • dragoon_slayer12

    Cool they went with a standard port, but they should have did that with the first model…. And 1 gb of internal memory is a joke, I think it should come with 16gb minimum. Vita games are huge, and the smallest Vita PSN title I have is 112mb,so 1 gb is laughable…. I’d gladly pay $300 for a slim with 32gb (64 preferably) built in WITH memory card slot (maximum total being 128gb)

    • Solomon_Kano

      Considering they’d know that, I’d imagine the 1 GB isn’t intended for you to be downloading games. If you buy a retail game however, you should have enough room for your saves (depending on the size of its install) without needing to buy a memory card first.

      • dragoon_slayer12

        If nobody downloads dlc and/or psn titles (full or not) it may be fine, but I still think it’s a joke. When I bought my Vita day 1, I bought a 32gb the next week. Barely 6 months later, I constantly have to delete games to download something new or a game I want to replay (15 full titles, 15 psn, and that’s all 29 available gb). I’m looking forward to the 64gb, but I really think they should release a 128gb, AND a model with 16gb-64gb built in (32gb + 128gb sounds like the best bet). 16gb is enough to get people’s feet wet with the psn store, and if sold, can expand storage through memory cards, 32gb-64gb is for people like me who download everything and would like to keep everything (or majority of) on them at all times.

        • Solomon_Kano

          I think you may be misunderstanding the purpose of this 1 GB of memory.

          It’s clearly not meant to discourage you from buying a memory card, as anyone can see 1 GB isn’t enough. But for someone who just bought a Vita and maybe picked up, say… Dragon’s Crown, where they’d have needed to buy a memory card before they could play it on a PCH-1000 Vita, now they can play the game right off the bat.

          1 GB isn’t supposed to be impressive, it isn’t supposed to be enough for you to never buy more. It’s supposed to be just enough that you can do something even if you don’t have a memory card when you get your Vita. But once that 1 GB is up, then they’re in the same boat as everyone else and will need to get a memory card.

          • dragoon_slayer12

            I’m fully aware of what the 1gb is for, but regardless of what, they still should have put 16gb minimum. Everybody in the industry keeps promoting the future of digital stores/content, but then they want us (especially Sony) to spend extra for the necessary memory cards. Take a game like Senran Kagura, getting a US only release on the 3ds. Those that may want the Vita version are screwed unless they shell out for (they way more expensive) memory card.If soSony decided to go SD (micro or standard), then I wouldn’t gripe so much (I bought my 32gb micro for $20 last year), but even still, with such emphasis on “the future”, they should at least give us enough to indulge “free” of charge. Look at cell phones. Spend anywhere from $0-$300($300-$700 off contract) for a high end (even less) devices, almost all come with 16gb-32gb built-in, with up to 64gb micro sdSD support.

  • SlickRoach

    I just bought a Vita a month ago so I’ll stick with the one I have, but I will admit that I like the variety of colors this one has so far.

  • Jesse Torres

    I like my red vita.

  • Skye Johnson

    Question is, how much will it be? That’ll be the reason why I buy one or not.

  • protofox

    i still play my psp-2000 till this day so i find this amusing theres a vita 2000 already.. i just havent seen much on vita to force me to upgrade from a psp with custom firmware yet

  • Brandon Coley

    Im glad I waited :) version 2’s are always epic

  • Looks pretty slick. It kind of bugs me that they handled the colors like that, but it looks so nice, I don’t really feel that irritated. I kind of want that lime one~.

    The other additions and changes sound pretty good too. Maybe I’ll try and convince my boyfriend to save up for a Vita after we get a Wii U.

    • ShadowDivz

      Your a girl?! I always thought…. Actually, i never considered your gender. Because of samus i thought girl but then… this is the internet and the guys to girls ratio is WAY off.

      So your gender was always just… in limbo.

      • Haha, I am~! I often feel like I have a lack of gender actually, so that’s pretty fitting. >u<

        • ShadowDivz

          Ahh, so i guess i wasn’t too far off.

  • GameWinner

    I know this is cry on deaf’s ears but Sony, please bring the black and red model to America. It would be my second Vita purchase if you do.

  • Cyberdyne

    Hmmmm…… Pink PSVITA…… Kirino-chan approves it!!


  • Cyberdyne

    A Pink PSVITA…… hmmmm….. Kirino-chan approves it!

  • tubers

    Here’s some “hidden” OLED issues (not just on the VITA) that a lot of more recent 2D LCD does NOT have:

    1.) MURA (vertical lines and black splotches/ screen uniformity issues).






    You can google the terms “PS VITA vertical lines” and “PS VITA black splotches” or “PS VITA mura”.

    2.) Black Crush/Clipping (some may like the “Crushed Blacks” though) – loss of dark details.





    3.) Lower max brightness and lower performance in high ambient lighting.

    4.) Images with whites aren’t as bright and consumes more power.

    5.) Oversaturated colors (destroys skin tones), because of the high color gamut of OLEDs, they are much harder to calibrate.

    6.) Burns in more easily than LCD.

    The LCD issues you could have:

    1.) Back Light Bleed (can be annoying in the dark).

    2.) Ghosting (some are very sensitive to it).

    • Valtiel Ikari

      personally, I haven’t como across any of this while playing.

  • Alestaos

    Didnt know there was an issue with the vita…i have an original one and i cant see a problem, do i need to upgrade? I got my vita as a present last year and i cant afford a new one, are the older vitas faulty?

    • S- Class Wizard KaRamo

      Not there not it just to get more out there to thos who want a slimier one with the new colors

  • Covnam

    I curious to see how the new lcd screen holds up to the oled screen in comparisons. I’ve been holding off on getting a vita, but if there is a significant difference between the two I might just cave and pick one up before the original model exits the market.

  • YouGusta

    No sim card slot..?

    • Brandonmkii

      They stopped production of the 3G vitas, so there’s no need for it anymore.

  • Ronldbx6

    Time to finally get a VITA :)

  • awat

    Original one looks much better to me i am cool with havin ordered the OriginalPsVita looks sexier LOL this one is kinda rounded not liking the design much ,i bet ppl are happy for the colors tho. cmon ppl buy Vita’s so we get more Games <<<<<< TalesOFinnocenceR <TalesOFheartsR cmon ppl !

    • Sanjay Markland

      I agree the old vita is trumps on this new one and the old vita has a way better screen. Quality over battery life any day unfortunately I had to get the new one because I didn’t want a pre owned one but hey you gotta make do right.

  • Cyberdyne

    Hmmm….. Pink PSVITA…… Kirino-chan approves it!

  • artemisthemp

    They should have keep the OLED

  • Vash bane

    :( wow this would happen after I finally decided to get one three months ago lol

  • Vystrel

    Everything about the 2000 looks great except all the colors it’s available in. I think black and white should be fine and everything else be available in limited edition versions.

    Think this, you go to the store to buy a Vita 2000 and they are sold out in the color you want. The Vita isn’t a cheap system and most people don’t want to get a color they are “ok” with, they want to get the color they really want because they intend on taking the Vita with them where they go. IDK, maybe i’m over thinking it.

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