PlayStation Vita Slim revealed for UK, we compare it to the original

IPS ahoy! (in the UK)

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Sony's slimmer, lighter, and curvier Vita Slim is finally coming to the UK after a Japan-only release last October. Sadly, there's no news yet on when the £180 (around $300) device will make it to US shores, but UK customers can pick one up starting next week.

Headline features include a 20 percent slimmer body, a 6-hour battery life, rounded edges, and 1GB of internal storage. In a welcome move, the size of the rear touchpad has been reduced, while the grips have been widened, which should go some way towards reducing unwanted inputs from stray fingers. The proprietary charging port has even been done away with in favour of a standard micro USB port. Huzzah! Unfortunately, the much-praised OLED screen of the original Vita has been swapped out for an IPS LED one, but it does feature the same 960x544 resolution.

While we've had a Vita Slim in the UK office for only a few hours, early impressions are that it indeed feels much lighter than the previous model, which should result in less arm fatigue over longer gaming sessions. The reduced thickness of the device makes it no less comfortable, even for someone with big hands like me, with the smaller rear touchpad making it easier to find a comfortable grip. The rounded off edges and matte, soft-touch plastic also do a great job of making the device feel more comfortable to hold.

The sticking point for many will be the change from an OLED screen to an IPS LED one, but there doesn't seem to be much difference between the two displays, at least indoors. Both are equally sharp and bright, with games looking smooth in action. There is one aesthetic change that some may not like: the Vita Slim's screen sports a noticeable join around the screen, versus the old Vita's one-piece front.

If you want one of the original Vitas, though, you'd better snap one up now. Stocks of the old model are not being replenished at retail, so you'll likely have just a few months to pick one up before they're gone.

We'll have a full review of the Vita Slim on GameSpot soon, but in the meantime, you can check out more images of Sony's latest handheld below.

Discussion

230 comments
vojvodinanet1
vojvodinanet1

So basically we did not get anything "revolutionary" with this and they have replace OLED with LCD screen. it's maybe power sawing but OLED have much better quality. If you have an old Vita there is no reason change it for this new version but if you don't slim can be better choice when the price drop a little.


http://geekperspective.net/playstation-vita-slim-makes-reentry/

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

I have no idea why this exists. I have an original PS Vita that is collecting dust right because of the lack of AAA games. Yes, you can play all the indies you want, but that is not what Sony sold the Vita on. Sony sold the Vita on AAA games on the go and two years later I can count a handful of decent AAA games. Sad.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

I like that the parts on the back you can rest fingers on without triggering the rear touch is bigger on the Slim.  Seriously, that's been a HUGE bugbear of mine about the platform.

And if ever there was proof that physical media releases are still important, it's the Vita.  Most of its library is digital titles, and while that's great for digital-only zealots, people looking at the two handheld choices are going to see a HUGE number of 3DS games compared to the Vita.  Seriously, it's sad how small the Vita section of most stores is.

That said, I do plan to pick up Celceta this week.

AdrianWrz
AdrianWrz

Funny Part.... moment i saw this being released and announced that they stoped making original version.  I picked up myself a PS Vita at work on same day >.>

Samslayer
Samslayer

The only "problem" I have with my Vita is that my hands are too big, so...this change isn't going to help that!

Dante-xero
Dante-xero

Looks more like a cheap-ass version than "slim"... Still considering if i should pick a vita up or if i should just go for the 3ds..

toffy666
toffy666

great device with small games library , i wish developers increase their support for the vita

ad1x2
ad1x2

Looks like they ditched the old data cable for a generic one similar to what most cell phones use. That's probably the only plus I see for it so far versus the old one.

predatorGS
predatorGS

well, I'm just glad I got a second hand normal PSP vita with oled, better design (really, fillets again?), metal-ish parts, nicer looking buttons, etc.. for 90 euros

mattsaroni
mattsaroni

You guys could have cleaned your systems before taking pics..

Fightingfan
Fightingfan

They replaced all the shiny metal with plastic and want more? 

Crossel777
Crossel777

They're not being very smart with the price are they? 


£180 for an inferior version?   Try £150 for PS Vita OLED 3G + Wifi, 16GB Memory Card, plus a 10 game voucher off shopto.    Wtf would I buy the LCD version again?

jeebs213
jeebs213

nice gaming system...now all we need are some games worth playing

xXxxNemesisxxXx
xXxxNemesisxxXx

A very nice redesign here. Just like Sony to do a redesign for a system that has been out for awhile now. I hope they follow suit and start giving a system that I believe could give the 3DS a run with some new games. Hopefully at E3 this year they will set aside time to not only show us the slim model but a BUNCH of games too :-D

poopinpat
poopinpat

we need games... not hardware

nameaprice
nameaprice

if it dosnt have the OLED screen then why is it $300 vs $200 for the original?

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

After three generations of Sony PlayStation creating bland games, I have to say PS Vita has some of most unique games of any Sony PlayStation system before it. 

jark888
jark888

Slim one just looks cheaply made.

DeathwachMarine
DeathwachMarine

Perfectly happy with my current vita. Hope this redesign does the trick for others though

neowolfgeo
neowolfgeo

no proprietory charging port O_o, yes :D

Zombrex
Zombrex

@Snakepond1  You're missing out man. AAA or not, most of the games I have for it are fantastic. Besides, nobody does hardcore gaming on a handheld device so does it really matter if the game is "AAA" or not?

Zombrex
Zombrex

@YukoAsho  Went to the store yesterday and they had 2 physical Vita games. Only then did it hit me that out of the 20 or so games I have for the Vita, only 1 is physical. Celceta looks pretty good, anytime I've ever checked Near it shows everyone around me playing it.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@Samslayer  There's an accessory I picked up that gives it the shape of a controller. I'm 6'5 with huge hands and it's helped tremendously.

Bowser05
Bowser05

@Dante-xero  Look at the games for both and then decide. They are both awesome systems. I personally have more games on the 3DS worth my time so I got a 3DS. I'll be getting a Vita sometime this year though.

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

@Dante-xero  this was inteded to be a cheaper version as it is in japan but somewhere in translation this aspect was lost xD even still £180 for slim or £140 for original with 16gb memory card and 10 games O.o the logic in western sony is strong xD 

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

@toffy666  actually if you properly look into it vita has more games than 3ds just no one seems to give a fuck about vita so no one realizes =/ and even still on 3ds there are very few games actually worth playing other than the exclusives

Bowser05
Bowser05

@ad1x2  I see. So better ergonomic design, lighter weight and better battery life aren't pluses?

Sam_021
Sam_021

@Crossel777  PS Vita Wifi price is £130-150 with 12 games and 16gb memory card! This can't be more than £99!

arnold700
arnold700

@Crossel777  Your right I just bought an original Vita this week as soon as I heard the news... but somehow I think they know the old vitas will sell faster as people want to grab them before they gone... then they will lower the price for the new ones

Bowser05
Bowser05

@jeebs213  So of the 1700+ games you can play on the system...you don't find a reasonable amount worth playing?

ACMC85
ACMC85

@jeebs213 Didn't like the original model, I'd like to get my hands on this one and see. But, I must agree I haven't been interested in much of it's offerings yet.

theKSMM
theKSMM

@jeebs213 If you don't think the Vita has "games worth playing" yet, then this probably isn't the device for you.

nameaprice
nameaprice

love my vita and once i got the "trigger grip" attachment its even better, PS4 remote play at work OVER 40 miles away IN THE MOUNTAINS of Colorado is F***ING EPIC!!!

xXxxNemesisxxXx
xXxxNemesisxxXx

@jark888 Hence the redesign. They want to make more money off the console now, so lets use cheaper parts so its costing us less. They did the same thing with the PS3 Super Slim. I did notice some things that they improved though. I like the buttons on it for the start and select. It also looks like the back touch pad will work better too. I really want to get the system in my hands before I give it a final say so. 

Bowser05
Bowser05

@Zombrex @Snakepond1  Your blanket statement is ignorant and meaningless. What does 'hardcore' gaming mean by your standards? I consider myself a pretty heavy gamer...and I spend a lot of quality gaming time on my 3DS. I wouldn't consider it any less hardcore than my X1 or PS3.

Bowser05
Bowser05

@uchihasilver @toffy666  That's interesting. I did a little bit of number crunching...and you are actually absolutely incorrect.


3DS - 547

Vita - 472


This is talking about STRICTLY what is made for the system. If we also throw in all the digital PSP games we can play on the Vita and all the DS games we can play on the 3DS since they are compatible.


3DS - 2111

Vita - 1787


Keep in mind I'm including (for 3DS) DSiWare, Virtual Console, DS AND eShop exclusives and (for Vita) PSP digital, PSOne Classics, PS Minis and digital only Vita games.


So after everything is said and done...3DS still wins. When it comes to total games I mean. Whether you like one system better than the other is irrelevant. They are both amazing.

suprsolider
suprsolider

@Bowser05 @ad1x2 

It's 1 hr extra batter life, that is NOTHING in real terms. 

There was nothing wrong with the original Vita's design I have no issues with mine at all.

The only plus for this one is changing it to microusb other than that, everything else is a downside.

ACMC85
ACMC85

@fartingonzebras Besides the words, do you know the real difference? Without seeking out the info on the internet?

Crossel777
Crossel777

@fartingonzebras  


I didn't claim to be a genius, genius.   Still an inferior screen and version that costs more.  So my point still stands.

nameaprice
nameaprice

Ive even played it OVER 60 miles away FURTHER into the mountains at my buddys place in Vail/Avon with just a LITTLE lag, THATS AWESOME!!!!!

nameaprice
nameaprice

cant wait for new PS4 games to come out so I can remote play em ;) I also have an nVidia shield but their remote streaming still needs a lot of work, maybe they should talk to Sony ;)

Bowser05
Bowser05

@suprsolider @Bowser05 @ad1x2  As a person who spends quite a bit of time travelling I'll tell you right now...1 hour is a BIG difference. So it is not 'nothing' in 'real terms.' Also there were plenty things wrong with the original Vita's design...and if you have actually watched some of the impressions and comparison videos you would know what those flaws were. You personally not having issues with it does not change the fact that it DOES have design flaws. I've never had any problems personally with the original Xbox controller...but the fact is that it DID have design flaws which is why they made the Controller S later.


Anyway, my original point was that ad1x2 said that the ONLY plus was the cable switch...and that that ISN'T the only plus. That's all. It doesn't matter to me in the end. I'll be getting a Vita in a month regardless...solely based on the screen quality (probably the original in that case). I'm just disputing his blanket statement...that's all.