Today Sony finally launched its updated PS Vita in the UK - four months after its Japanese launch. The PS Vita Slim replace the original PS Vita with the key difference is a change of a OLED LCD screen. It will be available for purchase from Friday, February 7 with estimated retail price of £ 180
he displays are clearly different, first impressions say the LCD is brighter, but the OLED has more contrast
The new model is also smaller and lighter than its predecessor. It's 15% lighter than the original and 20% slimmer, and appreciably more compact both in the hand and when slipped into a jacket pocket. Sony claims to have increased the gaming battery life to six hours, up from around 5 hours on the current model (though we'll be testing both over the next few days to get a real sense of the difference. Charging has changed too, with the new model taking a standard micro USB cable, a big improvement.
The controls are very similar, though the sticks on the new model felt a little looser
The new version has 1GB of built-in memory, so you can download all the operating system updates, save games and even download a small game, all out of the box. As with the previous version, it still uses the overpriced proprietary memory cards for storage though, so expanding that storage isn't cheap. The new version of the console is Wi-Fi only, with no 3G variant available any more.
The handheld has a relatively small but high-quality back catalogue of software with highlights including numerous interesting titles both European, such as Tearaway, and Japanese, Persona 4. More concerning for hardcore gamers thinking of buying a Vita will be the limited line up of new games planned for the year.
Sony's presentation mentioned numerous upcoming titles, and though the range and imagination is impressive, there's not quite something for everyone. Invizimals and PS Vita: Pets will please younger gamers, there's Hohokum and Murasaki Baby for indie fans, Big Fest and Football Manager Classic Edition 2014 for strategy types, but only Helldivers is lined up for those who like to shoot things - a fairly significant number of us.
A key reason for the upturn in interest in the PS Vita of late has been its PS4 Remote Play capability - where you can play PS4 games remotely over a Wi-Fi or even internet connection (bandwidth allowing). However, with PlayStation Now promising a wide range of streaming game options to a wide range of devices, will PS4 owners also want to invest in a PS Vita.
We'll be comparing the new Vita to the old in a full review shortly, and asking whether now is a good time for gamers to pick up Sony's handheld.