Sony Explains Why It Changed The PS Vita’s OLED Screen

Sony Explains Why It Changed The PS Vita’s OLED Screen

The new slimmer PS Vita has a new screen. It’s LCD, instead of the OLED screen found in the current model. Sony’s Andrew House explained why.

In an interview with Nikkei, House said, “The main reason is that the LCD panel can now realise an image as high quality as that of the OLED panel.” House also added that the LCD panel makes it easier to slim down the PS Vita.

Nikkei wonders if the change wasn’t because the LCD is less expensive than the OLED panel. I wonder that, too.

Why Did SCE Replace OLED Panel of PS Vita With LCD Panel? [Nikkei]

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  • Of course it’s because of price. Quality being comparable or equal would be a consideration, but price would be the reason.

    • This. After the initial launch of a product, manufacturers try to reduce the cost as much as possible with future revisions. So I’d say price is probably first and foremost the main reason they do it.

  • I may be wrong but as far as I’m aware the more expensive LCD screens have quality similar to that of OLED…I doubt they will be using those however

    • If this is the case, then he made a very clever use of words.

      “LCDs are becoming comparable in quality to OLED (however we’ll be using the cheap ones)”

    • If you’ve seen the side-by-side photos of the OLED vs LCD, you’ll find that you are undoubtedly correct. I’m glad I got a backup OLED Vita for when my first OLED craps itself in 10 years or so (based on my average usage of 1/2 to 1 hour per day).

  • I’m thinking of picking up an OLED version just before the LCD ones hit – they’ll hopefully slash the price. Though $260 for one with Killzone Mercenary is pretty tempting…

    • I caved and got from JB the $250 Vita + KZ bundle online. Kinda glad I did. I was holding out for a cheaper revision but when I saw the lesser screen and similar rrp to a on sale OLED Vita I went BAH.
      That and Vita TV plus PS4 seems so exciting.

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