PlayStation Vita Slim Coming Soon to the US?

It appears the PlayStation Vita Slim, now available in Japan, is heading our way.

IGN was invited to a breakfast meeting with Sony on January 30th, and though no concrete details are provided, the invitation states:

Following the biggest launch in PlayStation history, join us for an introduction to the slimmest.

The PlayStation Vita Slim, officially the PCH-2000 Vita, launched in Japan in October. Here’s what makes it different:

  • 20% thinner and 15% lighter than the original 1.2 lb Vita
  • Comes in six colors — black, white, green, blue, pink, and khaki
  • Better battery life allows for up to six hours of gameplay, compared to the original Vita’s five hours
  • Charged via micro USB instead of AC power
  • 1GB of internal storage
  • Case design is more rounded for easier holding
  • Features an improved LCD screen, but not the superior OLED of the original Vita

When it launched in Japan, PlayStation Vita Slim sold for 18,980 yen. That converts to roughly $185 USD. That’s a steep difference compared to the original PlayStation Vita, which launched with a $250 price tag. It’s worth noting, however, that price has since been cut to $200, so it’s safe bet the Vita Slim would have a lower price of its own upon US launch.

Given that Sony wants to push remote play on the PlayStation 4 and Vita, it makes sense to offer a lower-priced handheld. If Sony could somehow crunch the numbers and bundle the PS4 and the Vita Slim at $500, the same price as the Xbox One, that would be an offer that’s tough for core gamers to resist.

We’ll let you know how things shake out next week.

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2 Comments on PlayStation Vita Slim Coming Soon to the US?

Dan

On January 25, 2014 at 9:08 pm

I just want the PS Vita TV.

Huntsman06

On January 26, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I agree with Dan,

I for one do not own a vita and the new “slim” version will not cause me to buy one. Although I would be extremely interested in Vita TV, day 1 purchase for me (and I *seldom* do day 1).