PS Vita

PS Vita Slim coming to UK on February 7th for £180

Sony surprised everyone this morning and announced the “New PS Vita” for only the UK. No other European countries or the US have a release date for this re-modeled handheld.

The PS Vita slim will hit the UK on February 7th for, get this, £180. That’s almost $300 US dollars. This is substantially more expensive than what the system is priced in Japan at 19,900 Yen, otherwise known as $195.

Sony even released a nice new trailer for the system.

The system comes with a brand new micro-USB charging slot and 1GB flash memory. You’ll still want a memory card but the extra 1GB should be useful for some.

I’m hopeful that when Sony releases this in America they’ll just convert the price from the UK by replacing the symbol with a dollar sign, pricing it at $179.99. The old OLED PS Vita model currently sells for $199 after a $50 price drop last August.

Here’s to hoping we get the New PS Vita soon!

Check out Sony’s PR on the handheld.

New PS Vita Makes Its Debut in UK on February 7

London, January 30, 2014 –Sony Computer Entertainment UK Limited (SCEUK) today announced that following its successful launch in Japan on October 10 2013, the new PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) Wi-Fi model (PCH-2000 series) is set to launch in the UK. The new PS Vita Wi-Fi model, featuring a more streamlined form factor and a 1GB internal memory card will become available in the UK on February 7th 2014, at a suggested retail price (SRP) of £180. The PS Vita PCH-2000 series will replace the existing PS Vita PCH-1000 series as stock of the older model is exhausted.

PCH-2000 series has been developed to be more casual and friendly for a wider range of users. By completely redesigning the internal architecture, the new PS Vita system is 20-percent slimmer and 15-percent lighter than the original version, making the portable entertainment system even easier to carry. In addition, a high-definition liquid crystal display (LCD) has been newly adopted for the 5-inch front display which is one of the PS Vita’s greatest features. Thanks to the rapid progress of LCD technology in recent years, the new display provides users with the highest-level image quality, perfect for deep and immersive gaming experience that is at the core of PS Vita. Furthermore, the new PS Vita features are as follows:

Rounded shape to fit comfortably into hands
The new PS Vita system features an enhanced, rounded shape. Coupled with the trimmed down body, users will be able to enjoy game play more comfortably. In addition, the PS button / START button / SELECT button have been modified to a round and convex shape, allowing users to push more easily.

Improved usability
Incorporating a 1GB internal memory card, PS Vita enables users to enjoy games without purchasing a separate PS Vita memory card. Additionally, the new PS Vita system features a power indicator and notification indicator at the top of the system which will provide users with various information, such as power status or incoming messages. Furthermore, the new PS Vita system incorporates a micro USB port enabling users to utilize their own USB cable, such as those used for smartphones, for charging or backing up data.

Longer battery life
The redesigned internal architecture of the new PS Vita system also contributed to stronger battery duration, enabling it to achieve approximately 4 to 6 hours of game play (current model is approximately 3 to 5 hours) and approximately 7 hours of video play (current model is approximately 5 hours).

SCE will continue to expand the PS Vita platform with this PS Vita PCH-2000 series, together with a wide variety of attractive game software titles.

PlayStation®Vita PCH-2000 Series Product Specification

Platform name PlayStation®Vita
Model number PCH-2000 series
CPU ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
Main memory 512MB
External Dimensions Approx. 183.6 x 85.1 x 15.0 mm (width x height x depth) (excludes largest projection)
Weight Approx. 219g
(Touch screen) 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colours, LCD
Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
Rear touch pad Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
Cameras Front camera, Rear camera
Frame rate : 120fps@320×240(QVGA), 60fps@640×480(VGA)
Resolution : Up to 640×480(VGA)
Sound Built-in stereo speakers
Built-in microphone
Motion sensors Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
Location Wi-Fi location service support