Exploring The Tiny Differences Between The Original And Final PS Vita

The Tokyo Game Show didn't just give us a chance to check out nearly three dozen games, it also gave us our first look at what Sony says is the final design for their PS Vita.

The changes between those first images released of the Vita and these final ones are pretty subtle, but if you're into design or just have a bit of a crush on Sony's upcoming portable, here's a chance to pick them out.

I've included mostly-similar comparison shots of the original design images and the final designs for both the mostly identical 3G and Wi-Fi versions of the portable. Let me know if you spot any changes I missed.

Original shots are on the left, final on the right.

PS Vita home screen

Final PS Vita's Home screen shows a crisper set of icons.

PS Vita front

PS Vita underside

They've added a headphone icon next to the jack. It's hard to tell, but it looks like those twin thumbsticks might have been tweaked as well.

PS Vita left

PS Vita 3G left (right) PS Vita Wi-Fi left (bottom-right)

This shot gives us a better look at one of those sticks. It's definitely different looking than the original version we saw.

PS Vita right

PS Vita 3G right (right) PS Vita Wi-Fi right (bottom-right)

Here's a view from the other side. Again the thumbstick looks slightly different.

Original PS Vita top

Final PS Vita 3G top (right) Final PS Vita Wi-Fi top (bottom-right) Another look at those sticks, but also you can see they've added a PS Vita logo here.

Original PS Vita back

Final PS Vita 3G back (right) Final PS Vita Wi-Fi back (bottom-right) It might just be the lighting, but those pads on the back to help with holding the device look slightly changed.

Original PS Vita touch panel

Final PS Vita 3G touch panel (right) Final PS Vita Wi-Fi touch panel (bottom-right) It looks like that touch surface has grown a bit. The camera looks a little different, but it's likely just the lighting.


    I dont think the thumbsticks are different at all, it would have been one of the first things they would have wanted to get right, the difference is the different plastic used on the buttons. The new plastic is clear where as the old plastic was a smokey grey.

      Just resized the new two thumbstick images to the same size and rapidly flicked between them and my mistake, the shaft seems to be thicker in the old Vita. That could still be an illusion of the darker plastic "doubling up" from that angle but i offer a new theory, the old model was using commercial parts, was just a prototype of sorts, the new one is having parts molded for it specifically. Have a look at the audio jack, one is just a round hold supposed to sit flush with the case, the new one seems like it is actually moulded with a groove to hold on to the case (thank god because who wants a dodgy audio jack?)

      Of course it is a bit hard to be sure because the new image is lower resolution than the older image.

      *excited face*

    it looks like someone is a nitpick. lol. Do we REALLY need this sort of 'Oh, look, they changed this this and this' artical? When it comes down to it, it wont matter as no one WILL BE GETTING THE E3 PSV! lol

      Some people like to compare public prototypes to the eventual release models. Myself included.

      Yeah, it does seem totally odd a site based on video gaming and the gaming industry would have stories about hardware.

      Just because your not getting it doesnt mean nobody is....lol...there are around 90 million people looking up to this thing..

    Kinda looks the same...

    Top of the screen on the front has changed

    I think you've made a mistake. The ones that are copyrighted (mostly only the left side) are the final designs..

    Hole on the underside, just below the screw.

    The old "photos" look more like renders to me, while the new ones look like they might have been based on a real device.

    Im just thanking god theyre thumbsticks and not ****ing SLIDERS again.

    So nit sure if the new one is actually on the left or on the right... The article seems to contradict itself

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