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Vita Slim is coming to Britain next month, priced £180

Jonathan Lester
PS Vita, Sony

Vita Slim is coming to Britain next month, priced £180

Sony has finally confirmed that the Vita's lighter, thinner, funkier Japanese cousin is finally coming to the UK next month - and will eventually replace the original.

The PCH-2000 model -- which we'll hereby refer to as the 'PS Vita Slim' -- was released in Japan last October to moderate acclaim. It's 41 grams lighter than its predecessor, boasts an extra hour of battery life and shaves off a few millimetres, making it slightly more portable. You can also have any colour you like... so long as it's black. Despite Sony rolling out several colours in Japan, it'll only be available classic piano black elsewhere.

However, these benefits come at the cost of the original OLED screen being replaced by an LCD version, which is apparently slightly less crisp and bright according to some sources. 1GB of additional onboard memory should ease most of the sting, though.

Sony has confirmed that the slim new model releases on February 7th in the UK, running you £180 at full retail price.

To be honest, we're going to need some convincing that it's worth losing that luscious OLED screen to shed a handful of grams... but it appears that we'll soon have little choice in the matter. "The PS Vita PCH-2000 series will replace the existing PS Vita PCH-1000 series as stock of the older model is exhausted," Sony explains in the latest press release.

The PS Vita has some exciting games scheduled for 2014, such as Freedom Wars, Borderlands 2, Danganrompa: Trigger Happy Havoc and a host of indie PC ports, but we reckon Sony needs to push its PS4 functionality into the limelight while tasking some more of its biggest studios to develop for the device.

Are you tempted by the PS Vita Slim? Loving the handheld or steering well clear? Let us know in the comments.

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sibeer  Jan. 30, 2014 at 11:16

Given you can get the old model with a load of games for £40 less I reckon it is a hard sell

socialjeebus  Jan. 30, 2014 at 11:28

Stupid, stupid price.

The original Vita is light enough, the colours are, well, meh.

The only real advantage is the 1GB of memory (pathetic really - but the original didn't have any!).

cicobuff  Jan. 30, 2014 at 12:01

I urge anyone that is interested to snap up the remaining stocks of the original Vita, unless the slight trade off of increased battery life with the LCD screen over OLED is important to you.

kristianity77  Jan. 30, 2014 at 13:35

As someone who already has one of these Vitas, people who keep bringing up the difference between the OLED and LCD screens are going to be quite shocked when this comes out. The difference is minimal to be honest (and thats looking side by side). In fact I'd go as far as to say the image is better on the newer "supposedly" inferior IPS screen. Colours just look more natural on it.

phil16  Jan. 30, 2014 at 13:42

That RRP better not be adhered too. I got a Vita last May for £100 second hand (mint from GAME), they really aren't worth more than £150 being generous. Saying that, its the memory card prices really do kill them.

DivideByZero  Jan. 31, 2014 at 12:53

Yeah, cheaper memory would probably help with sales of the Vita, not a range of colours.

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