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New Slimmer, Lighter PS Vita Model Out Today

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Director, Product Planning & Platform Software Innovation, SCEA

The day has arrived – the new slimmer, lighter PlayStation Vita model is now available at retailers across North America. Pick up the new model today as part of the Borderlands 2 Limited Edition PlayStation Vita Bundle, featuring the first-person role-playing shooter Borderlands 2 with six DLC packs and an 8GB memory card, all for $199.99 (MSRP). This is a limited edition bundle, so don’t miss your opportunity to pick up the new PS Vita model today.

Slimmer, Lighter PS Vita

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Hands-on the new with PS Vita

PS Vita’s new design has tons of tweaks and adjustments, aside from the obvious thinner design and weight reduction. The Start, Select, Power, and PS buttons have been raised slightly, making them easier to press. The grips on the back of the system have grown a bit, resulting in a more comfortable experience… and less accidental taps on the rear touch pad. The edges of the system are more rounded, which just feels better. The display is now LCD based, but I didn’t notice a dramatic difference in picture quality.

– Justin Massongill, PlayStation.Blog

The new model is approximately 20 percent slimmer and approximately 15 percent lighter than the original and features 1GB of internal memory, extended battery life, a new high-definition liquid crystal display (LCD) and rounded edges that make PS Vita even more comfortable to hold. PS Vita is the ultimate companion for any gamer with more than 1,000 games available (including classic games from PS one and PSP) and “Remote Play” with PlayStation 4, which allows most PS4 games to be streamed to the PS Vita system over a local Wi-Fi network. Pairing your PS Vita with your PS4 to use Remote Play is even simpler with last week’s system updates. The content library for PS Vita will become even richer when PlayStation Now support launches on the system later this year.

In addition to Borderlands 2, God of War and God of War II are available today for PS Vita as part of God of War Collection. And that’s not all for this month — Soul Sacrifice Delta launches on May 13 and Sly Cooper Collection launches on May 27.

Slimmer, Lighter PS Vita

May is a big month for PS Vita, right? Well it doesn’t end there, with Helldivers launching this summer and Minecraft, Metrico, Tales of Hearts R, Freedom Wars, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth and Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number all expected to release in 2014.

Check out the sidebar of this post for the PlayStation.Blog team’s hands-on impressions of the new slimmer, lighter PS Vita and let us know what games you can’t wait to play on the new model in the comments!

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genius527 said:

May 7th, 3:52 pm

Vita, vita, vita!! I got a PS vita but, I don’t play it that much because it don’t have any Wi-Fi. This month is about Vita’s and this month is about my B-DAY!! Just say’n gamers, let’n u know.

GamerZero71 said:

May 7th, 4:21 pm

Hey Don, since the Borderlands 2 Bundle is limited edition will we be seeing a stand-alone PSVita-2000 any time soon?

eazyedd2 said:

May 7th, 4:24 pm

I know everyone keep saying 64 gb but now it’s to late I had the 64 gb when it first came from Japan now so many psvita game 64 gb is not enough so if they do bring a new sd card go higher my 64 gb is full 128 gb

tusunami said:

May 7th, 4:36 pm

I just may upgrade from my original ps vita to the newer one and the games will be awesome as well that’s coming out for it and all the playstation platforms!!!!!!!

iamtylerdurden1 said:

May 7th, 5:01 pm

@ PantheMan16 – i always turn the brightness up even on my OLED Vitas and what i’m saying is that with the OLED brightness at max and the slim brightness at max you can barely tell the difference, so yes the extended battery life still makes a difference. You don’t know what ur talkin about bro stop reading bias reviews from 3DS owners, stop parroting what the “reviewers” say and go look at it in person. If ppl didn’t know it was an LCD screen u wouldn’t hear any of this nonsense.

iamtylerdurden1 said:

May 7th, 5:28 pm

PS3 patch for Borderlands 2 should be out by the 13th

smokinjoe1989 said:

May 7th, 6:42 pm

mine broke awile ago, waiting for the colored versions like japan has to rebuy it

PanTheMan16 said:

May 7th, 9:31 pm

“you can barely tell the difference”. So you acknoweldge that there IS a difference. What is it with the denial that the slim Vita owners are in? The screen is not as good. OLED > LCD. This is FACT. If you’re happy with your slim, good. If I owned the slim first, I’d probably be fine with it too. Fact is Sony has cut corners with the slim model to save money. Everyone – including me – has seen them compared side by side. Not only does the LCD screen not look as good, but it has a shorter life-span. I am NOT talking about battery life. The screen will begin to dim and look crappier over time, and it will happen faster for the people who max the brightness to look Almost as good as the OLED model. I couldn’t care less about the battery life because I play video games when I’m at home, with a charger nearby. What I do care about is the superior screen and the longer life-span of that screen.
If you prefer the slim design and longer battery life and think that those features outweigh the con of the slightly inferior display, then you made the right choice.

PanTheMan16 said:

May 7th, 9:38 pm

tusunami, stop brown-nosing on EVERY blog post. Yeah, you’re totally going to trade in your $200+ vita for another vita… that makes so much sense. Get off the blog if you aren’t going to be real for once. Your constant “now this looks good at some point maybe i’ll possibly think about buying this at some point!!!!!!!!11” is annoying as hell.

zirocrath said:

May 8th, 5:23 am

Anyway… I think they should focus more on making good exclusive Vita games than in making a lighter PS4 joyst… sorry, than in making a lighter console.

Some people say that the lack of AAA games is for lack of money to invest, well… this new model disproves that.

MisterHoot said:

May 8th, 7:20 am

When will SCEA stop parading like it cares about the vita though ?

The main support for it’s games now comes mostly from Japan, who manages to produced several high quality games like Soul Sacrifice, Freedom Wars, Gravity Rush and the like while getting also other big developpers like Tecmo Koei or Falcom to actually make games for the system.

You also have SCEE who produced not so long ago Killzone Mercenary and Tearaway which are all fantastic games and show true love for the system and the game they made for it. It also brought a lot of good indie titles to the system.

And then you have SCEA, for when it’s not doing some quite-frankly shoddy ports like the Jak collection which can’t even run at 30fps, has no interest in making any new game for the system, shoving it off to “Well, we have remote play now, so who cares, just go buy a PS4”. What if I want to play it without wifi ? Not to mention the absolutely small amount of focus the console gets during E3, which is now all about the PS4 while Sony seems to be trying to shove away it’s console under the rug like it’s pretending it doesn’t exist.

If SCEA itself doesn’t want to spend the money, effort and faith in it’s own system, why should we ?

saab01 said:

May 8th, 10:41 am

Still on the fence on whether I should pick up the vita I like the idea of getting one since I have a bunch of plus games in my DL list for the vita. Making me not have to buy many games after picking one up. At the same time the memory cards are too expensive also I think the game lineup isnt that strong compared to PS3 or PS4. I might have to wait it out longer to see what happens in the future.

Kautro said:

May 8th, 10:45 am

Minecraft Ps Vita Bundle?

iamtylerdurden1 said:

May 8th, 1:34 pm

@ PantheMan16 – I was originally against the slim because i’m extremely picky about screens, resolution, sound quality ect. and all the bs about the “terrible” LCD screen made me go out and buy an extra OLED Vita b4 they were all gone, but my gf really wanted the slim so we preordered it and when we picked it up i was so impressed that i decided to get my own. I was just like u until i saw the screens compared IN PERSON not online but in person and when i said u can “barely tell the difference” i didn’t mean that one was slightly crappier than the other i meant u can not really tell which is which unless u have a trained eye. The slim is actually slightly brighter and seems to look a little more clear while the OLED is a tiny bit punchier – the colors are ever so slightly richer, so i am saying there is a slight difference – not saying crappier but just a TINY bit different. I have 3 Vitas so screen life isn’t a concern and honestly how long until the next iteration is out? 3 yrs maybe? It’s not a tv i don’t need 10,000 hrs of screen life in 3 yrs there will be a new Sony handheld with better specs and a yr later PS5 will be out. Slim or OLED is just a matter of preference.

drake02412 said:

May 9th, 6:22 am

+ Don Mesa: wait, are you saying that we will not see new AAA psvita games? what the hell?

Le-Ketur said:

May 9th, 11:13 am

Great then,PSvita is now just a controller for PS3 and PS4 streaming.
… Really,why did I buy this thing?

lErubusl said:

May 9th, 1:48 pm

Please continue to improve on the PS Vita, the reviews were only not so great because there wasn’t a wide variety of games to choose from. If you put Jak and Daxter collection on the Vita, God of War collection on the vita, AND are going for Sly Cooper collection on the Vita, then it makes sense to put Ratchet and Clank collection on the Vita. We know the PS4 needs its perks but the Vita needs more games. If I were to see more games on the Vita I would rate the handheld system a 9.5 out of 10.

lilnz3 said:

May 10th, 5:25 am

Screw you Don Mesa. Economics don’t work on the Vita? You are just really lazy to convince people to buy your overpriced handheld system. You are getting ass kicked by Nintendo in terms of sales in the handheld division. If you think that ports and indies is the way to go, then enjoy earning losses per Vita that you sell. Your marketing is pure garbage for the Vita and you’re not even trying. You talk 5 minutes about the Vita then jump ship to consoles.

Why do you hate the Vita? And where’s the console quality games that I was promised? You just realized that Nintendo is better at you at handhelds and that’s why you gave up.

sirauron14 said:

May 10th, 7:41 am

The PS Vita is one of my biggest disappointment, I deeply regret buying it. The Vita has no identity of its own and isn’t Sony’s Priority. The Vita needs its own AAA big title games exclusively on the vita. Lets not forget the god-awful expensive memory card. No memory card that’s is 32 or 64 gigs is over $60. Sony should reevaluate the price of memory cards and cut the price in half.

xClayMeow said:

May 10th, 8:38 am

Don Mesa should be fired for his reply to #26.

His disillusioned thought processes are exactly why the Vita isn’t living up to its potential in the West.

lilnz3 said:

May 10th, 8:45 am

Sony clearly does not understand how the handheld division works. They think that Remote Play and PS Now will solve their problem. It’s the games, we want games. Can’t you understand? Not ports or bloody indies, we want good games.

lilnz3 said:

May 10th, 8:47 am

#170 I agreed with you. Don Mesa just screwed it up.

Haipa-Sonikku said:

May 10th, 8:50 am

The commented (#26) is right. What separates Nintendo from Sony overall in gaming is that Sony doesn’t keep it 100 on all its platforms. When it comes to getting 3rd party exclusives, deals, etc then hide behind indies. (Indies supplement platforms, not initiate them for if true, then ultimately PlayStation doesn’t need retail space, but it does) YET PlayStation Japan does. However SCEJA only makes a part of PlayStation globally. Its PlayStation North America and Europe that keeps tarnishing the legacy (losing exclusives like Monster Hunter, Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts III, only for PlayStation Japan to do more work then it has to in its own territory because of some misguided “Western” view) by not adhering to that.

Nintendo’s 1st party will fully support all of its platforms. Compile Heart has on record stated that they would have dropped the Vita if Sony didn’t set an example on support which they did with Soul Sacrifice. However, Naughty Dog on the other hand stated on record that they wouldn’t support the Vita so what message does that send to the rest of the Western market.
Retro Studios would never have even been allowed by its OWNER, Nintendo, to talk down on the 3DS.

lilnz3 said:

May 10th, 9:08 am

I think we can all agree on that 3DS is the king in the handheld market. Even Sony can’t deny that.

Haipa-Sonikku said:

May 10th, 10:39 am

Its bs that despite the fact that PlayStation Japan can get 3rd party exclusive games for all active PlayStation platforms there, yet PlayStation North America and PlayStation Europe (West) can’t, yet SCE diverts mostly all attention to those branches.

I know it bothers SCE greatly that The Last Guardian gets more attention than any game from their Western Worldwide Studios.
Or how the most talked about E3 rumor is Project Beast.
Or how they pitted Driveclub over Gran Turismo 6 and lost when in fact GT6 should have been released on PS4 (which rumor has it, Sony will “apologize” via an E3 announcement.

They could have went for the kill last year at E3 by keeping FF XV and KH III as exclusives so that MS would have no air at all in JPN which then would have sent a clear message.

People always talk nonsense about “hate for 3rd party exclusives” when in reality its stealth for covering Sony’s inability to acquire or retain them and/or just an excuse not to buy another system. That view which Sony hides behind with its now indies, is why PS Vita doesn’t sell well in the West.

Software sells hardware. Sony needs to refocus more on JPN software.

Haipa-Sonikku said:

May 10th, 10:51 am

I can tell you all first hand that when I went to the PS Vita Social Club in Austin, TX back in January of 2012, I knew it was gonna flop here. The campaign was actually designed around the theme of some hidden club that people had to found out about the event themselves. When the Playboy model, Jo Garcia had her party there, virtually no one knew what was on display at the tables.

What they should have done instead at the party was had the model do an introduction of the PS Vita when the room was at capacity, which it well was.

PlayStation Japan is the only reason why I even give a damn about PlayStation at all.

fatdog21 said:

May 10th, 11:39 am

I love my vita. Its an awesome system but theres no reason to take it if Sony themself have on plans on supporting there own system. I understand that making big budget titles for vita isnt profitable but having game that appeal only to a small audience isnt goin to move vitas (especially in the west)..

Arika_S90 said:

May 10th, 3:55 pm

What i wanna know is will the older version of PS Vita be still available for purchase….or will there only the slimmer one…???

Haipa-Sonikku said:

May 10th, 11:59 pm

The 1000 model has been discontinued. You can find it online i.e. Amazon, but at original MSRP of $249.99 or higher.

ShadowKing0 said:

May 11th, 3:17 pm

Maybe we can get a LE PSVITA Slim console. You know one with designs on it. Maybe a unique color. (Hint) (Hint)

Jacob_Baker7 said:

May 11th, 4:34 pm

Add a lot of awesome indie games like Outlast for this system. I’m getting it so I expect a lot go games on the PS store

aelurio1980 said:

May 12th, 12:29 pm

I think a lack of respect for its users, all bought up now even playstations and psp vita, but if so that sony comes in, I’ll go to the competition. 3ds has a much more complete catalog of the vita, at least Nintendo seems to care more.

aelurio1980 said:

May 12th, 12:30 pm

We want games, not new models from the same console we already have.

zirocrath said:

May 12th, 2:02 pm




May 12th, 4:49 pm

Why do crappy games get Vita bundles? Assassins Creed on the Vita sucked, Call of Duty was supposedly garbage, now this game is plagued with technical issues and a downgraded 2 player mode. SCEA, you guys are dodo birds.

RonoCarvalho said:

May 12th, 6:41 pm

We don’t want to own the PS Vita to use for REMOTE PLAY. We want AAA games!!!

LevelinC said:

May 13th, 3:01 am

“The economics simply don’t work with the traditional process. We have to do something different to get AAA games on Vita. We accomplished it to a certain degree by making PS4 games work on Vita via remote play. PS Now will be another way, streaming PS3 games on Vita. I can’t wait until PS Now is out on Vita – I hope you’ll try out the experience and let me know what you think.”

why say this, ps vita will die faster. it’s over good games in Japan either. I do not understand sony :/

Jhooud said:

May 13th, 7:00 am

Lots of great suggestions here! But honestly, I’d love to see more remote play. Full PS3 remote play capability would be awesome! There’s got to be a firmware soluation to make that happen.

Other than that, I’m really happy with my Vita. Can’t wait to try out Borderlands this afternoon!

zhouxingtianxia said:

May 15th, 6:22 am

Hi Mr @Don Mesa I hope the native big game can login the psvita. I recognition psvita remote play ps4 game and psnow is a good idea. but I more hope the traditional big game can login the psvita. Will you make the native big game for psvita? thanks

My english level is not good, I am so sorry for these, I hope you can understand

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    Don Mesa said:

    May 16th, 11:32 am

    Hi zhouxingtianxia, we will continue building “native big game(s)” for PS Vita. We just need to look at how to develop them differently from how they have been created in the past.


May 15th, 7:53 am

I have read your comment about the AAA titles on vita, i’m sorry but i just think you don’t want to focus on vita, you want to focus completely on the ps4.How in the world can the economics not work with the traditional process?If there was an exclusive AAA title on the vita, a new god of war, a ratchet and clank made only for the vita, anything AAA made by your studios, not some small companies hired to make a game in some already existing franchise, everyone that owns a vita would get it, i highly doubt that you wouldn’t make money on that.I don’t know why you are doing this.And while the remote play thing is nice, not everyone has the money to buy ps3, ps4, and the vita so we could play ps3 and ps4 games on the vita.There are people out there like me that bought vita for what it is, a handheld console.While the vita has many good games, i really wish that in the future you will put out some AAA titles for it.Good luck with your business

KillZoneAI said:

May 15th, 10:36 am

Mr. Don, I read your comment about no more “AAA” games for the Vita…In all honestly me and many other Vita owners are disappointed. I had every PS system so far and to be honest it’s very obvious that the Vita is getting little to no support from Sony. “AAA” games worked just fine on the PSP with exclusive Final Fantasy games, GTA games, God of War games, Monster Hunter games, GT and just to name few. Please don’t copy/paste the “mobile market fragmentation and smartphone domination” issues because it’s very obvious that things haven’t changed a bit in the market..Don’t believe me, check with Nintendo’s 3DS. Your comment simply says if you don’t have PS3/PS4 or a good internet connection then don’t buy a Vita. Not everyone can afford another console and not everyone has a decent internet connection for streaming service. the PS3 was obviously a disaster in its first couple of years and even CEO of Valve called it a “disaster” yet Sony never gave up and turned it into one of gaming history best console with all support and massive library of AAA games both 1st and 3rd party. Your websites are now all about PS4 and Vita seems to be from the past, Shame

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    Don Mesa said:

    May 16th, 11:53 am

    Hi KillZoneAl, I’m not giving up on AAA games – we just have to do things differently to bring them onto Vita. Remote Play and PS Now are just a couple of examples – we’re looking at other ways as well. More to share on that at another time.

RE4LNOiZE_42 said:

May 16th, 7:32 am

First, I love my VITA. I admit though that I was THIS close to selling it lately, but lately, I even bought the new model with Borderlands 2 (that I enjoy a lot, BTW).

BUT, I aisde from the fact that BL2 is great, and that I have a lot of games to play thanks to PS+, I can’t help but feel that Sony is kind of flipping the finger to those who actually bought a VITA as a portable gaming console by turning it instead into a PS4 accessory. I don’t have a PS4 and I’m not planning to get one in the foreseeable future, and so I feel like Sony is kind of abandonning me.

Sure, there are a lot of indie games coming out and being released on the platform. But many of those, I can play on my tablet or phone already, and are often sold at lower price, if not free. A lot of people are asking for PS VITA exclusives. At LEAST, it would be nice to have a couple of big upcoming “AAA” hits on the gaming horizon. Games like BL2, like Need for Speed Most Wanted and that Final Fantasy X/X-2 compilation, you know, games that are closer to real console games. Indies are great, as are PSP and PS1 games (those available anyway), but come on. You gotta help your fans keep the faith. It’s kind of hard right now.


May 19th, 9:20 am

i picked up this bundle and was a lil nervous after reading the ign review of borderlands 2. I also own a 3G Vita OLED. I am very satisfied with my purchase. The system is crazy lighter, crazy thinner and just plain feels better in your hands. The screen is not as impressive as the OLED but i am willing to take the more natural toned colors in place of battery life. It lasts forever on battery, my OLED battery on my other vita is only holding 3 hour or a lil more charge these days. The start and select buttons have greatly been improved so i can find them in the dark now. They are just easier to use now that they are round. Also the rear touchpad is less likey to get pressed on accident since it is now smaller and the grip area is bigger. The rubberized grip also has a nice feel to gripping the vita. It now fits in my pockets without a all the wieght pulling at my belt. I say try it out for yourself at a local retailer and see if you like it, I was a lil nervous i wouldnt like it, but once i tried it i had to have it. If you are a die hard OLED vita fan i am selling a pretty good bundle here if you are interested.

zhouxingtianxia said:

May 20th, 1:14 am

Holle! Mr @Don Mesa. I have a idea maybe can raise sales volume for psvita. sony maybe can commnuicate with other game companies. I know those other game companies unwilling make AAA big game for psvita because poor sales。I hope
SCEA can commnuicate with other game companies such as bethesda softworks or rockstar games and let them allow
GTA5 or fallout 3 login psvita. SCE is responsible for provided financial and human to make transplant GTA5 or fallout3 for
psvita. if can have GTA5 or fallout3 on psvita。vita certain sold very more. the profit of game SCEA and bethesda softworks or rockstar games share。

My english level is not good, I am so sorry for these, I hope you can understand, thank you。

PSJPNAEUFever14 said:

June 3rd, 7:01 pm

I know I’m late on posting this, but you guys should…
1. Try to get more (western) 3rd party studios to make EXCLUSIVE, AAA games for the Vita. This year, AAA western games are dry. You need to also get 1st party studios to develop for it, b/c it seems like Sony doesn’t want to develop for Vita, if they don’t care why should consumers?
2. If you have AAA games, please announce it at E3. Past E3s have given 5 minutes for the Vita, once again showing little care to it. Indies are nice, but they don’t sell Vitas.
3. You probably heard of this, but you need to lower to price of the memory cards by at least 50%, and it’s kind of sad that Sony has to “fight’ to officially bring 64GB memory cards to the west.
4. Increase max number of online players, and have the ability to have multiple accounts on Vita.
5. Get a deal with Mojang and bundle it with the Vita, and a memory card. It’s famous (maybe even a system seller), and it’ll be the best portable version of Minecraft. (Where are the 1st party game bundles BTW?)
6. Last of all, advertise it. It’s hard to buy a product if you don’t even know about it.

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