Vita Slim coming to the UK next week, but there's no date for the US yet

Suggested retail price of the new Vita model is £180.

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Sony will release the slimmer and lighter PS Vita redesign in the UK next week, on February 7. The suggested retail price for the machine is £180 (roughly $300).

The PCH-2000 model, which supersedes the old PCH-1000 Vita and was originally released in Japan last October, is 15 percent lighter and 20 percent slimmer than the original Vita. The machine claims it features a 6-hour battery life for games, and 1GB of storage is built into the device.

There's also a slight tweak to the machine's edges--they're slightly rounder--but the highly-praised OLED screen has been swapped out for an IPS LED one, though it's still running at the same resolution of 960x544.

The PCH-2000 Vita will reach US shores down the line, though Sony is yet to announce when this might be. And while the Vita Slim's Japanese launch saw the handheld available in lots of fancy colours, in the UK we'll still have to make do with just regular black.

Stock of the old Vita model will not be replenished, so if you're after one of the old models, then you might want to think about investing in the next few weeks.

The Vita's fortunes have been boosted slightly by the launch of the PlayStation 4, with Sony saying that its own internal data shows that many people are using the Remote Play functionality of the two machines.

For more on the Vita Slim, check out our hands-on and comparison photos.

Discussion

220 comments
bj91x
bj91x

I really want the light blue one, but I doubt it'll be released in the US any time soon, if at all.

Shane Prime
Shane Prime

That's actually pretty damn tempting... but I'm gonna wait in the hope of a PS4/Vita combo deal

Max Lichtenberger
Max Lichtenberger

For those that do not know the new slim comes with LCD screen not giving the kind of vivid color delivery the OLED of the old model. The issue is OLEDs wear down quickly and blues are the first to fade. There are reports of people experiencing this issue that have the first vita and that's pretty quick for a system that hasn't been out all that long. So since there isn't really a way to fix it the only logical step was to replace it with a longer lasting screen type instead of setting people up to have to buy another or pay for repair just to get another refurbish that'll meet the same fate.

Ryan Post
Ryan Post

Yeah, that price seems pretty accurate with Australian prices.

thirdson1812
thirdson1812

waiting for an AU release, hopefully soon.

Pierre-Luc Rancourt
Pierre-Luc Rancourt

For people crying over the price this is in the UK, the price will be different in the US ... also the Vita is a great system. I have bought one and I don't regret it. I couldn't bring myself to play another Mario something or another Zelda or even touch a Pokémon game anymore and well the 3d thingy make me dizzy and from what I heard almost no one use it.

Derek Torres
Derek Torres

$300 hell no! No wonder 3DS it taking the lead

Bogdan Cantor
Bogdan Cantor

I'm kinda tired of ignorant people saying there aren't games for the Vita, there are plenty of good games, Tearaway, Little Big Planet Vita, Persona 4, Spelunky, Walking Dead, Killzone and so on.

Sam Wiskin
Sam Wiskin

Sticking with the 1st version? Has a proper screen!

Dale Runkle
Dale Runkle

If this will support the new PSN Now system, I'm in.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

£180 is still a little too pricey for what it is for me. I got other priorities right now.

James Oakley
James Oakley

Im gunna stay with my 3DS. It has brilliant games

James Oakley
James Oakley

Got rid of my vita lol. Inless they release more games i will not be buying

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

$300 for an inferior version of the Vita? No Sony, don't start this shit. If ANYONE is interested in a Vita. Get the OLED version. its $100 cheaper with a better build by far.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

A portable system that's not very portable - has Sony ever seen a Smartphone or even a 3DS that's 10 times more durable?

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

How ironic - there's no date set at my house to get a Vita either, slim or not.

Agreb91
Agreb91

I'd really love for this to come to the US. I'd get a Vita sometime soon then.

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

I'll hold off until it's hacked. Not using Sony's BS spyware for a simply file transfer.

Simon Corbett Bsc
Simon Corbett Bsc

There's 'some' good games out there but to be fair there barely any good games, most of stuff Jacob said weren't that interesting, sure there's some good ones there but there ps1 game classics I can already get on the original psp. Plus most stores are lacking many games too. While I know I love the 3ds too but they have too many rushed games while PS Vita clearly have more time on spent the games but are lacking big titles. Anyway want to get the Vita but it seems I'm now waiting on the Ps Vita Slim.

Billy Kostyra
Billy Kostyra

Only an idiot would say ! the Vita has no games ..the Vita have an outstanding library of games ! And for those who saying where's the new games ? Next month we going to get toukiden , danganronpa , ragnarok odyssey ace and more

Raeldor
Raeldor

Slim Vita rocks!  I have one from Japan and LOVE it.  It feels way more comfortable, and having standard USB charging and extra battery life is great.  Screen is not that noticeable unless you put them side-by-side, and I think the LCD is actually crisper in some places.

Cas Sanchez
Cas Sanchez

I'd rather play angry birds than to buy a Vita. Lol

jack00
jack00

I'm not sure who would want a vita for 300$ when they can get a ps4 for 100$ more.

freedom01
freedom01

only problem with the Slim Vita I see here is the price, isnt it supposed to be cheaper than the Original Vita since its using a lower quality screen. Also I checked import sites and the Slim Vita are all cheaper than the original Vita.

icynoodle
icynoodle

how come no North America release date??!!?? im disappointed Sony. i was really hoping to get a vita slim next week.

Raeldor
Raeldor

@WingChopMasta It won't be $300 in the US, it will be $200.  The UK always gets screwed on pricing, plus they have nearly 20% sales tax included in that price.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

@Vidpci It'll never happen - Sony screwed over Nintendo big time.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Unless you like japanese games, then yes - it's presently a nitche piece of trash.

blackace
blackace

@Raeldorlol!! No. I think you can do USB charging with the original PSVita as well. The only good thing about the PSVita Slim is the extra battery life and larger internal storage. Those 2 changed don't make it worth $100 more. They also don't tell you if this SLIM version is with Wifi/3G or not.

freedom01
freedom01

ok, go play your angry birds, while I play all the Vita game catalog that I have, thats including games from Japan also which is a big library of games

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

Of course, after all you're saying this on Facebook.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@jack00 The PS4 actually goes for about $575 in the UK, not really close to the $400 price in NA.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@freedom01 Other than a couple hours of extended battery and micro USB charging, there doesn't seem to be anything added to it that would justify the almost $70 increase its gotten in the UK.

The DS Lite was a much more radical redesign and I think it was priced evenly with the original DS. I may be wrong.

freedom01
freedom01

The only better thing about the Original one is the screen, the rest is mostly the same, except the size

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

@Sevenizz@VidpciNintendo is the reason Playstation was born because Nintendo ended up screwing Sony big time and then some.

Raeldor
Raeldor

@freedom01 /agree The Vita not being region locked is a great selling point.  I have been playing Tales of, and Senran Kagura.  Both awesome!  If you love video games, especially RPGs, you owe it to yourself to learn a little Japanese. :)

freedom01
freedom01

@HowlPendragon maybe that price is for the UK only, we'll have to wait and see what the price would be for the US, I wish they put out more options for colors though, I really liked the blue and white model

freedom01
freedom01

@Raeldor @freedom01 yeah, when you are on the go a lot, its nice to have a Vita since you can get console games on the go

freedom01
freedom01

@Raeldor @freedom01 recently also bought God Eater 2, Utagumi 575, and Legend of Heroes Evolution which are all great