PS Vita Slim Hands-On: Coming To Australia In June

Up Close with the New PS Vita Slim

Sony has announced that the new PS Vita Slim (PCH-2000) is coming to Australia, launching on June 4th. It'll be $269.95 for the black model, bundled with a 1GB memory card. Here's Kotaku's hands-on with a Japanese version.

This article originally appeared on Kotaku on September 13, 2013.

Sony is making a new PS Vita. It's lighter and slimmer. You've seen the promotional images, sure. But what's it actually like? Gamers in Japan give their opinions.

Sony rolled out kiosks for the slim PS Vita in Japan so gamers can get a hands-on with the revamped machine. As previously mentioned, the new Vita is 20 per cent thinner and 15 per cent lighter. It is also outfitted with a 5-inch LCD screen, which replaces the OLED display in the current model.

Up Close with the New PS Vita Slim

Twitter user @HIKALUKE, who got his hands on the new Vita, remarked that it was thinner than imagined, adding that the reverse side uses a smooth silicone rubber style grip that feels nice. Another Twitter user, @Yottra, said that, of course, dark areas on the screen seem to look better on the current OLED screen.

Up Close with the New PS Vita Slim

However, that doesn't mean the new LCD looks bad — it doesn't mean that in the least. @Yottra said the new PS Vita has a "very fine LCD panel," adding that the new Vita "certainly is thin!" It certainly is.

Up Close with the New PS Vita Slim

Twitter user @rorikonnane also said that the new Vita is "considerably light."

Up Close with the New PS Vita Slim
Up Close with the New PS Vita Slim
Up Close with the New PS Vita Slim
Up Close with the New PS Vita Slim

Photos: @Satoru_00q. @Yottra, @HIKALUKE, @Watch_Akiba, Seiyu Fan, @rorikonnane


Comments

    Thank you, Brian, for a nice short article.

      I hope he didn't get paid for this. Copy pasting tweets and images isn't exactly journalism.

      That being said a Vita is starting to appeal to me.

      Last edited 18/05/14 12:09 am

    wow.. it actually looks like crap compared to the original vita. looks like that cheap $100 psp they brought out at the end of its cycle..

    crystal clear oled display replaced with average lcd ...that says all :´(

    As a 1000 owner, There's not reason to upgrade, I think.

    For first time buyers, The screen difference is negligible, and does absolutely nothing to change the experience. the 200 is cheaper, comes in a bundle, go for it. The vita is literally a mountain of rpg titles and there's no sign of slowing down

    I owned the original Vita until it was stolen when my house was broken into.
    Recently imported the slim one.
    My pattern of use is gaming on the go in the trains when commuting to/from work about 30 mins each way.
    Impressions:
    1. It's light and thin and can easily fit in my pocket even with a pouch. This is huge for me so I dont have to keep putting it in my bag
    2. It's light and thin, less strain when holding it
    3. It's less glossy or at least it's less visible so I dont get distracted by the oil smear like I did on the original vita
    4. Much harder to scratch it seems.
    5. Screen is slightly worse definitely, after a day or two i dont even notice. But darker games like batman definitely shows the difference in black level. Not a deal breaker at all
    6. Battery life is longer than it can survive my plane trip now :)

    If I'm asked to choose between the two, I think I would choose the new one... barely.
    Just because I commute a lot and the thinness is great

    I'm still waiting for the NVIDIA shield. I've got the original Vita and that will have to do for now I guess.

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