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.