PS Vita Slim Hands-On: Hits Australia Today

Up Close with the New PS Vita Slim

Sony has announced that the new PS Vita Slim (PCH-2000) is coming to Australia, launching on June 4th. It'll be $269.95 for the black model, bundled with a 1GB memory card. Here's Kotaku's hands-on with a Japanese version.

This article originally appeared on Kotaku on September 13, 2013.

Sony is making a new PS Vita. It's lighter and slimmer. You've seen the promotional images, sure. But what's it actually like? Gamers in Japan give their opinions.

Sony rolled out kiosks for the slim PS Vita in Japan so gamers can get a hands-on with the revamped machine. As previously mentioned, the new Vita is 20 per cent thinner and 15 per cent lighter. It is also outfitted with a 5-inch LCD screen, which replaces the OLED display in the current model.

Up Close with the New PS Vita Slim

Twitter user @HIKALUKE, who got his hands on the new Vita, remarked that it was thinner than imagined, adding that the reverse side uses a smooth silicone rubber style grip that feels nice. Another Twitter user, @Yottra, said that, of course, dark areas on the screen seem to look better on the current OLED screen.

Up Close with the New PS Vita Slim

However, that doesn't mean the new LCD looks bad — it doesn't mean that in the least. @Yottra said the new PS Vita has a "very fine LCD panel," adding that the new Vita "certainly is thin!" It certainly is.

Up Close with the New PS Vita Slim

Twitter user @rorikonnane also said that the new Vita is "considerably light."

Up Close with the New PS Vita Slim
Up Close with the New PS Vita Slim
Up Close with the New PS Vita Slim
Up Close with the New PS Vita Slim

Photos: @Satoru_00q. @Yottra, @HIKALUKE, @Watch_Akiba, Seiyu Fan, @rorikonnane


    wait so the black version will be less expensive than the coloured versions?
    and why bother buying locally, i picked my green one up for $199 back in Jan, there was a gundam special edition on sale for about $225 as well... and it came with a copy of the latest Gundam game.

    Hell even look at this

    Import people, sure the games in Japanese but the console isn't region locked, and you get better value by far ^ that package comes with an 8gb mem card, that alone would set you back $60 extra in Aus.

    Last edited 04/06/14 9:09 am

    Are we 100% sure it comes 'bundled' with a 1GB memory card? I thought that was on-board memory (that cannot be utilised alongside an actual memory card).

    I really want one of these, I use my phat Vita every day and am currently loving Borderlands 2 on it, but $169 is too much, even from JB for $159 with BL2... I can't justify it yet when the phat was available with a physical game for only $199, and we don't get the colour range either.

    Drop the price to $199 and I'll pick it up TODAY.

    I have a chance to swap my normal vita for a slim but I'm a bit worried about the quality drop in the picture not sure if i should or not

      dont do it... nothing beats that awesome oled screen...

      The general impression I've gotten is that if you don't have a Vita, the Slim is great. If you already own an original one, the difference in screen quality is enough of a downgrade that you're better off sticking with it. Same kind of deal as the PSP generations. Each revision has pros and cons.

    Seriously, a 1GB card is about enough for savegames only.

    Knock it down to under $200 and I might be interested.

      I got one a while back (late last year) when they were going for $199, although adding on a memory card pushed it over $200 again. Haven't regretted it.

    nobody mentions the fact that the internal 1GB memory card is useless when you use an external memory card...The Vita can't use both simultaneously and its disabled when you have a memory card installed....

    I'm still tossing up if I should buy the new one or get the old one second hand

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