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Sony confirms PS Vita slim for US

Redesigned PS Vita, already available in Japan and Europe, is headed stateside with a $199 Borderlands 2 bundle

Ever since the launch of the PS4, there's been a renewed push from Sony around the PS Vita, which enables Remote Play of PS4 titles. While that's a nice feature, Sony is hoping that its new design for the portable drives still more interest. Today, the company finally confirmed that the new model is coming to the US market this spring, as part of a bundle that includes Borderlands 2, an 8GB memory card and six DLC packs, all for the price of $199.

While Borderlands is a Gearbox Software title, the PS Vita version is being co-developed by Iron Galaxy and will be published by Sony Computer Entertainment.

The PS Vita "slim" as some have called it already was released in Japan last year and just last week shipped in the UK. While the new design is 15 percent lighter and 20 percent thinner, one major subtraction (according to numerous critics) is that it incorporates an LCD screen instead of the original Vita's OLED. That means that certain colors may not "pop" as much or that black shades in some games could look slightly more washed out than on the OLED. The tradeoff, however, is that battery life on the new model has been improved.

At this point, Sony has not made it clear if the new design will replace the original PS Vita, or if they will both continue to be sold at retail.

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James Brightman: James Brightman has been covering the games industry since 2003 and has been an avid gamer since the days of Atari and Intellivision. He was previously EIC and co-founder of IndustryGamers and spent several years leading GameDaily Biz at AOL prior to that.
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