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Slimmer, lighter PlayStation Vita revealed

Slimmer, lighter PlayStation Vita revealed

Mon 09 Sep 2013 7:11am GMT / 3:11am EDT / 12:11am PDT
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Drops OLED screen, launches in Japan October 10

Sony has announced a new PlayStation Vita model to launch in Japan later this year, reducing the machine's size and weight and offering it in a number of different colours. The machine was announced at Sony's opening press conference for the Tokyo Game Show.

The new SKU will be 20 per cent thinner and loses 15 per cent of it's weight yet adds some new features, too. Firstly, the new model has abandoned the original Vita's OLED screen in favour of an LED alternative. Whilst OLED has superior performance in many areas, LCD displays are currently cheaper to produce.

In addition to the new screen, 1Gb of on-board memory has been added to the system, meaning that a memory card won't be necessary to save games or small downloads. An improved battery also adds an hour on to the machine's charge life. A new, high-capacity 64Gb memory card will also be available soon.

Available in yellow, pink, white, gray, lime green and and light blue, the new Vita launches in Japan on October 10, 2013. Details for the rest of the world have yet to be announced.

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19 Comments

Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant

1,692 594 0.4
Too little too late.
This is competing against mobile gaming devices that are essentially free. They are bundled in with your mobile phone. Not only that, they have many hundreds of thousands of games, mostly free.
There is no way that the Vita can compete against this. Look at price elasticity of demand.

Posted:A year ago

#1

Zbigniew Lebkowski 3D Artist & Animator

11 18 1.6
Unless they're going to make them from parts they have already bought for the previous vita, I don't see how this is a financially good decision.
Right now they're scrambling and pulling any aces they have left just to break even. It's clear that the targeted market is dominated by iOS and android devices. It's going to be really hard for them to pull that off especially since they just announced their vita TV which is capable of playing Vita games.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Felix Leyendecker Senior 3D Artist, Crytek

182 202 1.1
I wouldn't dismiss it so early. We have yet to see the crossplay functionality with the PS4. If it's really good, it will be every PS4 owner's accessory of choice, especially if they will have crossbuy for new releases, so PS4 owners get free vita games.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

1,020 1,467 1.4
@ Felix No one spends $200 on an accessory. This model doesn't represent a price drop, and does represent a hardware downgrade with the removal of OLED.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Yannick Boucher Development Director, 2K China

9 23 2.6
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" It's going to be really hard for them to pull that off especially since they just announced their vita TV which is capable of playing Vita games."

Exactly the point. It's all about cornering the market, building the eco-system. Play Vita games on your Vita, on your TV, play PS4 on your Vita, Play PSP on your Vita, on your TV, on your PS4... it blurs the lines, it gives you a Playstation offer wherever you are. (and I'm not mentioning Playstation Mobile, which is its own thing)

It didn't sell like mad yet, but damned if the Vita isn't possibly the system with the highest rate of satisfied owners. I'm definitely not writing it off. Especially considering that indie developers/publishers have been having very good sales on it. @Bruce: once again, your comparison is too simplistic. There are things to consider such as how engaged is the audience, how interesting is the platform for publishers/developers who want visibility, and so on.

Posted:A year ago

#5
"No one spends $200 on an accessory."
I have to completely disagree with you here for multiple reasons.
1.) The Vita is not just an accessory; it is its own fully fleshed out dedicated console, in addition to the other features that are being brought to the table with the Vita TV, and PS4.
2.) Accessories in that price range sell and have sold very well. Gaming headsets for both PC and console? Specialized gaming mice / keyboards for PC? Even go back to the likes of Kinect and the Wii Fit bundle. And none of these items have any functionality outside of their connected devices.

It will be interesting to see the consumer / market reaction, especially once the PS4 has launched.

Posted:A year ago

#6

Shehzaan Abdulla Translator

124 245 2.0
Here is what gets me about this:

The new Vita will not be replacing the current Vita (at least not in Japan) and both are going for the same price. What's more is that neither one has a distinct use or advantage over the other that would make putting both systems out at once worthwhile (or opting for one over the other worthwhile); this is quite different from the way Nintendo sells both the 3DS and 3DS XL in parallel.

So my question is this; who is this device aimed at? And what features does it have that suggest it is aimed at them? Coloured me more than a little baffled.

Posted:A year ago

#7

Adam Campbell Associate Producer, Miniclip Ltd

1,182 972 0.8
I accurately predicted that Sony would use an LCD screen instead of OLED, which by the way isn't strictly inferior.

LCD panels offer more natural colours (including whites that look white as opposed to blue) thanks to their pixel arrangement. They also have the potential to be as clear if not clearer due to the same and other factors, better viewing angles with IPS and potentially better direct sunlight viewing.

Of course, the dependency is on the quality and type of panel, though even the more sophisticated ones can beat OLED on manufacturing price.

Posted:A year ago

#8

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,193 1,170 0.5
This is competing against mobile gaming devices that are essentially free. They are bundled in with your mobile phone.
last time I checked, a phone wasn't "free" as it needs a mandatory multi-year unbreakable without a fee contract or at least money spent to keep it running... on a decent phone, that's more than a Vita costs out of the gate. Granted, YES, the games are more expensive on the Vita, but if you're that cheap, you can probably make do with PS minis for the same price as some mobile titles. Then again, there are a bunch of titles you can get on PSN that aren't free or cheap mobile titles....

Plus, some of hate having a phone in our gaming systems...

Posted:A year ago

#9

Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

1,020 1,467 1.4
@ Shehzaan I was under the impression it was replacing the current Vita. Do you have a source that it is not?

Posted:A year ago

#10

Shehzaan Abdulla Translator

124 245 2.0
@Nicholas: It was mentioned during the press conference itself. See the video at 32:10: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa1RcqyuFIA

The interpreter minces over his words so it doesn't come across clearly. I listened in on the Japanese version which made it pretty clear. Notice that the first picture on screen is the original PS Vita (which you can determine from the lack of rounded speakers and administrative buttons that characterise the Vita 2000).

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Shehzaan Abdulla on 9th September 2013 9:41pm

Posted:A year ago

#11

Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

1,020 1,467 1.4
Thanks, I did not understand it thanks to the poor interpreter.

Posted:A year ago

#12

Shehzaan Abdulla Translator

124 245 2.0
Famitsu, interviewing SCEAJ President Kawano turned up this gem:

Famitsu: So you are still going to be selling the Wi-Fi/3G model (PS Vita 1000) alongside the PS Vita 2000. Is this only the case whilst stocks last?

Kawano: Actually, no. We are going to continue production of the 3G/Wi-Fi (PS Vita 1000) model.

Source: http://www.famitsu.com/news/201309/09039724.html

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Shehzaan Abdulla on 9th September 2013 10:49pm

Posted:A year ago

#13

Alex Barnfield Engineer, Vitei Inc

12 4 0.3
Surely it's a different market Bruce. Mobile phone games are all well and good for distraction when trying to fill a spare 2 minute period, but they rarely offer experiences rich enough to distract for a significant period of time such as a train or plane journey. With the limitations of a touchscreen interface I don't expect this to change (titles such as the Walking Dead are lovely exceptions, but most genres do not transition well).

Posted:A year ago

#14

Sasha Yelesin Student

54 34 0.6
I could see this doing really well, same with the Wii U, only now all that Sony, and Nintendo need is a real system seller. Vita needs it's own Fire Emblem or Kingdom Hearts. Wii U needs an Infamous or Halo. Hopefully Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, or the new Zelda or Smash Bros. provide that momentum. Once people start to support the system the idea is that will snowball into an even larger customer base. First, the consoles need to be affordable, and I think Sony and Nintendo are take a step in the right direction.

Posted:A year ago

#15

Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

1,269 942 0.7
I think this is a good move for SONY, the downgrade to a LED display is a negligible down grade, and Im sorry but I havent seen games on phones or tablets or any touch device, that I think are better then the ones found on dedicated gaming machines. For every good games there is literally thousands of crap games and clones, making the total to millions of pieces of gaming garbage.

Very hard to pick out the good games and establish quality control. I like the offerings from SONY and Nintendo. I would never replace them for an iPhone or Android device. And BOTTOM LINE, I like having a fisical gamepad, with buttons. The only reason id play a game on my phone is simply because my phone has android. But I own a phone simply to make calls and communicate with people. But I will own a Nintendo or SONY portable game console to play games, and will pay premium for the expiriences they bring. FREE doesnt always mean better. For all I care look what capcom has done to franchises I loved like breath of Fire. the move to mobile game consoles didnt exactly help the franchise for me. And I wouldnt choose playing street fighter iv on iOS to playing it on a PS3.

Its somewhat like when people pay premium to go see a movie in the movie theater.

Mobile phones are all but free, they come with a contract and are useless without the carrier service. the only reason I have a phone is to keep in touch with people. Take that feature away, and I toss my phone in the garbage. but a portable gaming device? I still have my old black and white gameboy. That I kept.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Rick Lopez on 10th September 2013 5:04am

Posted:A year ago

#16

Sandy Lobban Founder and Creative Director, Noise Me Up

315 208 0.7
Probably a good time to relaunch it, but I used to work for Sony and I'm confused about what plays what where, with the TV dongle, PS4 and Vita. Hopefully they can make all of this work together, but it doesnt seem like a seemless eco system at the moment. Said it many times before, but they need a universal entertainment OS like iOS if they want to connect all of their hardware and create a great, hassle free end user experience. People are lazy, and it has to be easy or they get turned off.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Sandy Lobban on 10th September 2013 4:09pm

Posted:A year ago

#17

Adam Campbell Associate Producer, Miniclip Ltd

1,182 972 0.8
Hopefully they can make all of this work together, but it doesnt seem like a seemless eco system at the moment. Said it many times before, but they need a universal entertainment OS like iOS if they want to connect all of their hardware and create a great, hassle free end user experience.
Oh dear, I thought I was alone with this in mind.

Been speaking a lot recently about how Sony could/could have leveraged the 'Xperia' ecosystem on both Android and non Android devices as its pretty good. Software/UI design, familiar Sony applications, useful services in a coherent package.

Would be better than the disconnected operating systems we see across Playstation devices and no less the latest ones.

That brings me onto another thing. If I wanted to hook my Xperia Tab up to this what would happen? If it was another ecosystem I would be expecting great integration between everything.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Adam Campbell on 10th September 2013 11:42pm

Posted:A year ago

#18

Michael Vandendriessche Studying Computer Science, K.U. Leuven

85 12 0.1
Yes a unified OS is pretty much a must for Sony. I believe the OS is the most critical part of the ps4.

@Bruce
I'd like to shop where you shop. Last time I checked the vita was about half the price of high-end phones with much more power packed under the hood.

Also note that not every phone is a high-end phone.

When looking purely at mobile gaming, I don't even see phones as a contender.

The vita's price cut is great. I'm not sure what to think of the screen yet but improved battery life is always good.

I don't remember if I read it here or somewhere else but the LCD version will be Wifi only, the OLED version will be continued being sold as wifi/3G.

Posted:A year ago

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