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.