Contemplating purchasing a Vita?

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#1 Edited by RimacBugatti (1170 posts) -

Well if anybody could help me with some info that I'm trying to obtain in reference to the PSVita? I was going to purchase the Vita but I was hearing things about a newer design with a larger screen. Is this true and is it going to be thinner and is it getting a performance boost? Thank you in advance!

#2 Posted by CarnageHeart (18316 posts) -

The screen of the newer Vita is the same size but not as good (due to the shift from OLED to LCD), but the unit is slimmer and lighter and it boasts a battery that lasts an hour longer.

*Sigh* I can no long post pictures here at Glitchspot, but there are comparison pictures and very detailed impressions at the first link below as well as a link to a general Vita thread with info and impressions you might find useful.

http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/10/10/a-day-with-the-new-playstation-vita-slim-unboxing-hands-on-and-screen-comparison/

http://www.gamespot.com/forums/games-discussion-1000000/ps-vita-thread-2-0-twice-as-bright-just-as-long-30847245/

Just as how newer models of PlayStation 3 lost a few of the originals bells and whistles yet managed to excel in so many other areas, the PlayStation Vita Slim is a definite winner. The console sits snugly in the hands, is noticeably lighter, and its battery lasts up to an hour longer than its predecessor: three things that any mobile gamer should yearn for. The screen may not be quite the sparkling gem that it once was, but visuals remain as crisp and clear as ever, and add to this the fact that the console now comes with a gigabyte of on-board storage and can be charged via a standard micro-USB cable, and you’ve got a superb little machine.

#3 Posted by osan0 (12546 posts) -

there is a new model coming out (is out in japan i think) which is a bit thinner but the screen is the same size. the current model also has a better screen.

performance between the 2 devices is identical (i have seen a video thoguh where the newer model has longer loading times than the first model).

basically if you have decided to get a vita the one to get is the current model.

#4 Posted by Gargus (2147 posts) -

Vita that originally came out is the 1000 model, the new model is the 2000 model. What sony does with its systems and subsequent models line is just streamline systems and make them lighter, add more memory sometimes, smaller and so on.

The 2000 model will be 15% lighter, 20% thinner, have little over an hour of extra battery life, it will have 1gb of storage space built into the unit, it will lose the proprietary accessory connector in favor of a general use usb connector. The down side is it is losing the OLED screen and using a LCD screen and from everything I read of people who actually saw it in person said the difference wasn't that much really but some of the deep blacks weren't quite as black and the animated games colors didn't pop quite as much but overall it wasn't more than marginally different.

So no, there wont be a performance boost and no there wont be a bigger screen. Its simply a modified version that tried to appeal to more of what gamers wanted.

I love my vita and Im glad I have one with an OLED screen. Those other enhancements are cool but not enough to make me switch from an OLED screen.

#5 Posted by ShepardCommandr (2141 posts) -

If you are going to get one get the old model.

The new model has a crap lcd screen with terrible,washed out colors.

#6 Posted by The_Last_Ride (69037 posts) -

Well if anybody could help me with some info that I'm trying to obtain in reference to the PSVita? I was going to purchase the Vita but I was hearing things about a newer design with a larger screen. Is this true and is it going to be thinner and is it getting a performance boost? Thank you in advance!

I got the older one after the price drop, i am happy with it

#7 Posted by luke1889 (14617 posts) -

I'd recommend the original model. The OLED screen is gorgeous!

#8 Edited by RimacBugatti (1170 posts) -

Ok thanks guys and gals! I have made my decision so as soon as the cash is available I will purchase a Vita. I do like the idea of the onboard memory storage but other than that the original seems like a much better product. I'm a little disappointed with the lack of title but I found some Japanese imports that I like especially a couple driving games. I'm not one for playing games on my cell phone or tablet so the Vita is a must buy.

#9 Posted by CoquiNegro (173 posts) -

By the way get Playstation Plus. Vita games are really expensive, plus is a great value considering you get at least 1-2 AAA vita games a month, without counting indie games.

#10 Edited by RimacBugatti (1170 posts) -

@CoquiNegro: Ok cool thanks! I also have a PS4 but I'm not sure how they work together.

#11 Edited by anab0lic (271 posts) -

The best thing about the new one (that i think is only available in japan right now) is you arnt limited to using the sony only mem cards which are stupid expensive. The trade off though is the screen doesnt look quite as good...

#12 Edited by KBFloYd (12768 posts) -

@anab0lic said:

The best thing about the new one (that i think is only available in japan right now) is you arnt limited to using the sony only mem cards which are stupid expensive. The trade off though is the screen doesnt look quite as good...

nope...memory cards are the same.

#13 Posted by RimacBugatti (1170 posts) -

@KBFloYd: I like the included onboard memory. Is the onboard memory enough for multiple game storages?

#14 Posted by tempura13 (406 posts) -

The new Vita's onboard memory should be enough for saves and smaller patches. But yeah, a large capacity memory card (32 -great- or 64 -even better-) will save you a lot of trouble. If you're fine with doing backup and restore often to switch out games, an 8 or 16 card should do.

Card space shouldn't be much a problem if you plan on buying physical copies. Then again, there are digital-only games (and if you get a PS+ subscription), so you might want some extra space, just in case.

#15 Posted by VintAge68 (387 posts) -
#16 Edited by CoquiNegro (173 posts) -

I own the first PS Vita model and it works great; besides the two models' differences in screen, memory, and weight I am sure the basic functions will be the same.

@RimacBugatti said:

@CoquiNegro: Ok cool thanks! I also have a PS4 but I'm not sure how they work together.

I just read a great article about how flawlessly PS4/PSV work together, unfortunately it is in Spanish :/

http://www.hobbyconsolas.com/reportajes/todo-que-ps-vita-puede-hacer-por-ps4-61421

Spanish is my native language, so it's alright ;)

#17 Edited by Zjun (146 posts) -

@RimacBugatti:

@ShepardCommandr said:

If you are going to get one get the old model.

The new model has a crap lcd screen with terrible,washed out colors.

THIS!

The new Vita is pretty much an inferior model that is more portable/slimmer with a screen that lacks. But I'd really recommend the older version.

http://www.ign.com/videos/2013/12/11/ps-vita-video-review-2013

Watch IGN's video on it to help you with your decision. And read the comments, a lot of genius' speak within them.

#18 Edited by RimacBugatti (1170 posts) -

@zjun: Ok cool I will just go with older model. It's really the same concept with the PS3. The super slim is cheap crap. And I haven't heard much about the 360 Elite but I'm guessing more cheaply made but I don't know for sure. Atleast it's affordable.

#19 Posted by hellangel_boy (179 posts) -

I read that the 1GB internal memory of the newer PSV gets disabled anyway after you insert the memory card, so I think you will be better with the older version.

#20 Posted by Zjun (146 posts) -
#21 Edited by RimacBugatti (1170 posts) -