Slim PlayStation Vita Coming To North America, No Heroes Allowed Vita Too

By Spencer . February 10, 2014 . 2:43pm

imageThe slimmer version of the PlayStation Vita which Sony released in Japan last year will be released in North America. It’s a bit rounder and has 1GB of internal memory. However, the new Vita model has a LCD screen instead of an OLED screen.


Sony will also bring over the Vita puzzle game with Badman, which is called No Heroes Allowed: No Puzzles Either.

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  • Dsvkb

    About time.

  • Juän Josë

    at least I hope you come

    in different colors

  • MrRobbyM

    I’ll get a new one if I have the option of the colors Japan got. If not, I’ll opt for a cheaper, older model.

    • 3PointDecoupage

      The newer models are cheaper unless you get it used.

      • MrRobbyM

        For now.

  • Kamakuma

    I’ll stick to my original. XD Since you know I’ve grown fond of Vita-chan. :’3

    • Namuro

      Yours is a girl? I guess that makes mine Vita-kun.

      • Notquitesure?

        How do you tell :)?

  • Jungo

    HALLELUJAH BUILT IN MEMORY CARD. I lost 80 hours of P4G data because my card got ejected while saving…

    • Firion Hope

      Err… when you insert a memory card you can no longer use the built in memory from what I hear. Sorry >_>

      • Jungo

        … Time to get used to only having 1 GB of memory!… yay…

    • Tinye

      How do you accidentally eject a memory card? if it was an accident. It has a cover and everything.

  • 3PointDecoupage

    I want it but I already have one :(

  • I’ll stick with my original for now. Maybe when it gets damaged I’ll get this slim model or something.

  • Firion Hope

    As long as this is cheaper like it should be then Im cool with it, If I was rich Id have one of each model. If this gets more people into the Vita then Im all for it, even if I love my OLED model

    • Tinye

      Ya maybe one day I’ll have a vita slim in the Jp region and my OLED for NA :D

  • FreeLancers

    kinda knew the slim was coming, but the question is WHEN?

  • The one thing I wonder is… Is the No More Heroes puzzle game the same type of puzzle game that’s been available on the Mobile shop, or is this a different thing since it’s apparently Free to Play?

  • Shippoyasha

    They still need to massively pricedrop the memory cards because it is so important to have a good 16-20GB of space to comfortably hold a good number of games on it.

    Awesome, stunning handheld but with that memory card price Achilles heel.

    • Yeah, the memory card prices are intense. Until Sony releases the 64GB memory card in America, your best bang for your buck deal would be to just get an import 64GB card from Amazon, right now.

      Paying $120 instead of $85 for what’s half the space is a better deal than I’ll be able to find for a while, though if Sony finally announces them, they’re supposed to replace the 32GB ones as the $85-$100 priced ones. I guess we’ll see what they end up dropping between today and E3, huh?

      • Satori Satya

        The funny thing is that Vita users buy a lot of digital games. And going digital is suppose to be about convenience.

        And yet that goes out the window due to the hassle of having to deal with Vita’s complicated & expensive storage solutions.

        Once the MC’s get a hefty price-drop, sales will seriously pick-up for Vita. Until then………

        • Yeah, god knows we buy a lot of digital games– and that isn’t even counting the whole PSPlus deal. Between PSP, PS1, and Vita games, I’ve basically filled up both a 32GB card and a 16GB card. I’m hard pressed to find room for Toukiden’s demo.

          • Tinye

            Is it not normal to delete the game you’re not playing?

          • With how big some of these games are (getting into the GB area), bandwith, internet speeds, the time it takes to transfer said games if you back them up instead? No, for me, it’s not normal to delete games I’m not currently playing. I like having those games at ready for when I want to play them, which can be at any point. It’s why larger memory cards are so important.

    • Azul

      Great that the slim is coming to NA, I agree with the need for price drop as it was a major factor in my decision to pick up a 3ds instead of a vita

    • Otto Cerqueira

      Man, I don’t get it. This Vita comes with 8GB memory plus a very good game for the same price as Nintendo 3DS (who comes with less memory). Why people keep complaining about the price?

      • kthanxyousuck

        Because most people download games digitally on the Vita with all the PSPlus and PS1 releases while 3DS users, typically buy the physical copies. Digital 3DS games are smaller than Vita games. The 3DS uses regular SD cards. A 32 GB would cost you MAYBE $16. How much is a Sony 32gb? $90. See the problem?

        • Otto Cerqueira

          Hm.. Kind of. I think it’s just a cultural discrepancy between Brazil (my country) and the rest of the world. Here everything is so expensive and even so we manage to have the things we want, that I was wondering why people who have more money just don’t buy what they want instead of complaining. I understand if they don’t like Vita, it’s a very niche market, but the pricing tag justification just seems illogical.

          There’s a second reason. I do own a 3DS and a Vita and I love both of them. With my 8GB Vita I carry around 4/5 games per time+1 physical copy. How many do I have on 3DS? One digital copy because Bravely Default fills ALL the space. So there’s this one digital and one physical game.

          Two devices, same price. Who carries more games? PS Vita. Even though 8GB is the minimum, I think it’s enough to have plenty of fun. I just can’t dedicate myself to finish so many games at the same time. Maybe people want more memory to use other digital things, like music? Dunno. Because with PS+ I send my saves to the cloud then delete the game and download another. It’s a very easy solution.

          You don’t need to have all your digital copies at the same time (unless you’re a super fast gamer and play 10 games simultaneosly). And… If they buy physical copies of 3DS, why not buy the physical copies of Vita too? Isn’t people just limitating themselfs for no reason?

          I’m not defending Sony’s price for the memory card (the console’s price is already nice though), I just think there’s a lot of alternatives not being considered.

          ps: Sorry for my bad grammar.

  • Kazekage Gaara

    Ill sick with the original but if they go back to OLED if they release a 3000 then ill buy that :D

    • Anesia Hunter

      I don’t think the OLED would be the best idea. Them allowing players to adjust the color temperature, saturation, and sharpness on an LCD would be much better for the 3000.

    • ZEROthefirst

      I have a Slim and used to have an original model and I promise you that the difference is HARDLY noticeable. The Slim’s colors are more vibrant, but the original is a biiit crisper. Not to mention the OLED causing the Vita to heat up while playing games like Killzone and burn in and blotching on the screen the slim doesn’t have these issues.

  • Servbot_Society

    Not surprised. I did decide to import the Soul Sacrifice OG Vita a few weeks ago (for my JP PSN account) b/c I like its color scheme more than what I’ve seen so far for the Slims. I might still get a Slim when/if Japan comes up with a LE color scheme I really, really like.

  • TheDarkEmpress


    Original white vita masterrace reporting.

  • Warren

    Ill stick with my first gen thank you, there are some aspects missing on the new ones that I don’t like. But if other people like the newer version go right ahead.

  • chroma816

    I do want a Vita, so I hope this is cheaper than the last version, but I’m not sure if it’s worth it without the OLED

    • Satori Satya
      • chroma816

        A platform doing badly despite an OLED screen is like a curse or something – Microsoft’s Zune (which I still have) was the same way.

    • Anesia Hunter

      With or without the OLED will be mainly up to you, since both have ups and downs. So, in the end it’s more about what you prefer and will tolerate.

      • chroma816

        How much better looking is the OLED?

        • Anesia Hunter

          The only differences I’ve noticed is that the OLED screen uses more saturated colors and cooler color temperature to give things a more vivid and crisp appearance. So, if your only concern is the screen itself then your choices come down to, more saturation and cooler color temperature (slight blue tint) or more realistic colors and a warmer color temperature (slight yellow tint). The type of games you mainly play might also affect your choices like colorful anime style games (Hyperdimension Neptunia series for example) or something like Killzone. Anime style games might benefit more from the OLED screen than some other games would. However, as some have already mentioned the difference is still small and not noticeable enough to really ruin a gaming experience

          TL;DR – The OLED is only slightly better in appearance in certain situations, but not by much.

          • chroma816

            I probably would be playing more anime-styled games, so perhaps I’ll hunt down an OLED one for cheap on, like, craigslist or something.

    • ZEROthefirst

      Take it from someone who has a slim model and had an original model. The slim is definitely the better of the 2. Aside from a slight and I mean very slight drop in picture quality the slim model doesn’t look any different unless you really just stare at the 2 screens to notice the tiiiny details. The colors on the slim are more vibrant and with a lot of games it looks much better. Not to mention you won’t have issues with burn in, blotching and the vita heating up when playing games like Killzone. I promise you that at the lower price (assuming the price is lower in the West like in Japan) and no OLED screen the slim is much better.

      • chroma816

        Very informative, thanks. I do want to eventually pick up a Vita – maybe I’ll get the slim.

        DEM MEMORY CARDS DOH. Those are pretty expensive.

        • ZEROthefirst

          <.< I know those memory cards…

  • Kayriss Wins

    Damn, was hoping for a date, obviously were going to get the Slim version at some point knew that lol.

  • Eric Harris

    I would be ok with updating my Vita at some point. But no thank you if every Vita from now on doesn’t have an OLED. It’s one of the things that makes Vita special to me.

  • I’m so down. I don’t mind LED at all, just the increased battery and lower price.

  • hng qtr

    No release date yet? I saved money for a 1000 but I guess I’ll wait for this one then.

  • i just got japanese vita slim last week, the screen not that different when i compared with my friend’s vita, mine just brighter when using the same brightness, original vita is heavier and bulkier, so i think slim one is just better

    • ZEROthefirst

      You can’t say things like that around the interweb, most of these people haven’t actually used and seen the slim and original side by side so obviously the original is better.

      • Anesia Hunter

        The thing is that there are a lot of videos of comparisons on Youtube. Many of which saying there’s little difference between the two vitas’ screens, there’s also little to no difference in speed. What was noticable was size, feel (a couple of people with big hands said the ps vita 2000 was a bit easier to handle for long durations without their hands cramping up.) as well as the feel of the buttons. The weight difference was also noticable, but despite the re-design it didn’t seem fragile.

        • ZEROthefirst

          I know, didn’t I kind of respond to one of your others posts here about it? Anyways, I have a slim and I used to have an original and I can say that the slim is the better of the 2. It’s more comfortable because of it’s weight, the start, select and home buttons feel like real buttons now that I don’t have to smash to work, and aside for a very slight loss in image quality the colors are more vibrant and at times it actually looks much better than the original. The speakers on the slim are also stronger so you can have the volume at a lower setting and get more out of it.

          • Anesia Hunter

            About the volume too, I heard that with certain headphones it can sound very loud too compared to the PS Vita 1000. (one guy used a pair of audio-technicas. @[email protected])

          • ZEROthefirst

            Haven’t tried using headphones with either model, but seeing as how the volume is louder on the slim model I wouldn’t doubt that.

      • yeah because i cant have different opinion with most people in the internet right, internet people is always right, anyone else is wrong lol

        • ZEROthefirst

          There you go you’re getting it lol

  • God

    Wasn’t the original slim enough? Isn’t this model gonna be like, insanely frail?

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      The original is closer to the phat PSP 1000. This one is closer to the PSP 3000~.

      • Tinye

        Actually… having the original psp compared to my original vita, it is A LOT thinner and lighter than the psp1000.

      • benhofb

        I dunno.. I mean, side to side, the Vita 1000 and PSP 3000 are very close, with the exception of the sticks on the Vita sticking out a little. Heft wise though, the Vita is pretty heavy. So hopefully the new model being lighter will help with arm strain, haha.

        • Anesia Hunter

          The weight difference is supposed to be quite noticable, between the PS Vita 1000 and 2000. The button design is also different, such as the PS Vita 2000 has the buttons which were flat now raised some. (Which is good for those with short nails.) They also removed the mystery slot. Some have also stated that the buttons now feel more sturdier, more locked in place and less like they’re floating.

          • Shady Shariest

            > “Sturdier”
            > “Less like floating”
            :< That seals the deal for me!

      • God

        I stand by my original statement…

  • Zer0faith

    OLED > LCD
    BUT that Borderlands 2 VITA bundle with 8 gb memory and 1gb internal memory makes for $199 makes for one hell of a temptation indeed.

    • Anesia Hunter

      No “OLED > LCD”. If they go back to OLED they’ll be forced to go to a higher qaulity OLED than what’s in the PCH-1000 and even then there’s still no way to eliminate all of the issues with the OLED, since many of the complained about issues (burn-in, the blotches you can see in certain situations, etc) just come with the territory. So in the end the PS Vita prices will sky-rocket back to the original prices and you won’t have much improvement over the original PS Vita.

      • Zer0faith

        I get that, the OLED certainly wasnt perfect by any means. And this is needed in order to promote vita sales but still that nice clean look a new (or old vita now i guess lol) has is great to behold. Is it enough to warrant keeping it though?
        Vita needs to sell so it can get the consumers the games they want. That being said though I’ll be keeping my old Vita, too many memories in those blotches.

  • ZEROthefirst

    Too late for me I have the God Eater 2 Slim Vita and am loving it. Not sure why everyone goes crazy over the screen on the Slim. I had the original until I got the slim and even compared them side by side and the difference is HARDLY noticeable. I had them both fully charged with the settings both set to max, the only thing that was definitely more noticeable on the Slim than the original is that the speakers are louder.

    The colors on the Slim are more vibrant than the original, but the original’s picture quality is just a biiit more crisp and you honestly won’t notice it unless you just sit there eyeing it down for a minute or two. Everyone who doesn’t have a slim and original will argue that the original is better because that OLED screen is obviously better. I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a Vita or needs a replacement to go for the slim over the original… assuming the price is lower in the West like it is in Japan. Of course if you’re like me and had the trigger grips for the original, you’ll be sad to find out it won’t fit the slim T_T

    Edit: Forgot to mention since the slim model doesn’t use an OLED screen it doesn’t have issues with burn in, blotches, and heating up when playing games like Killzone. I can say from experience that my fingers are much happier playing that game without touching a hot screen lol

  • Kaetsu

    I’d only consider it if they make or bring over a good bundle. For now I’ll hold off for a possible Freedom Wars or Persona4D bundle.

  • Anesia Hunter

    I watched a video where someone compared the PS Vita 1000 and 2000 screens in gameplay. They said they didn’t notice much of a difference in appearance after playing the PS Vita 2000 for a while by itself. (Not with the two side-by-side (no one normally plays games like that anyways.)) Honestly, I kind of believe this, since this can happen with many things that are slightly different. Plus, as I said in another comment before on the matter, Sony most likely chose for the LCD to display as it does on purpose. Since, the cost isn’t the only thing that may have made Sony choose the LCD, but probably also the feedback they received from players (like about the OLED common issues, eye-fatigue after extended hours of playing, short battery life, etc.)

    Edit: Anyways, if we don’t get Black/Pink or White/Light Blue then I’ll be forced to import.

    • ZEROthefirst

      I have a slim and used to have an original model and they honestly look the same. The only difference is that the slim’s colors are more vibrant but the original is a biit more crisp. At a lower price, no burn in and blotching and the freaking things heating up, the slim is definitely the better of the 2.

  • Roflcakes

    too many people complaining about no OLED when they never held it in their hands yet

  • mikanko

    I purchased a slim Japanese one as it corresponded so nicely with my need to pick up Xseed’s release of the Ys IV remake. Screen looks amazing to me and is really comfortable to hold for long periods of time.

  • amagidyne

    I have one of these. microUSB is a huge bonus. It’s like after all this time electronics manufacturers are finally settling on a USB standard, and it’s beautiful.

  • dboyz

    For me, it’s like comparing PSP2000(PSV2000) & PSP3000(PSV1000) displays
    Well cheaper price always comes with price =)

  • The Watcher

    I read the title too fast, thought it said No more heroes.

  • I have my original and I’m sticking to it. Sorcery Saga has that effect on me.

  • Istillduno

    Dammit, read that as No More Heroes before clicking

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