New lighter, thinner PlayStation Vita announced

Redesigned handheld launching in Japan in six colours

Sony Computer Entertainment has announced a redesigned PS Vita for release in Japan.

Launching "first" in Japan on October 10 priced at 18,980 yen (£122 / $190 USD), or 19,929 yen (£128 / $200 USD) with tax, the Wi-Fi handheld l (model PCH-2000) is 20 per cent thinner (15mm) and 20 per cent lighter (219g) than the original Vita.

Featuring all the basic functionality of the existing model, the new Vita will be available in six colours designed to appeal to all types of consumers, says SCE. Launch colours include Black, White, Lime
green/White, Light blue/White, Pink/Black and Khaki/Black.

The redesign boasts a high definition five inch LCD display, rather than the current Vita's OLED screen. It has a built-in 1GB memory card, while Sony says battery life has been extended by around one hour, now offering up to six hours of gameplay and seven hours of video playback.

In addition, the PS button, Start button and Select button have been modified to a round and convex shape,
"allowing users to push more easily".

The announcement, which you can watch below, was made this morning during SCE Japan Asia's PlayStation press conference 2013.

During the press conference the platform holder also announced a new 64GB memory card for PS Vita, which will launch alongside the new system for 9,980 yen (£64 / $100 USD).

SCE said in a statement:

"PCH-2000 series has been developed to be more casual and friendly for a wider range of users... In addition, a high-definition liquid crystal display (LCD) has been newly adopted for the 5-inch front display which is one of the PS Vita's greatest features.

"Thanks to the rapid progress of LCD technology in recent years, the new display provides users with the highest-level image quality, perfect for deep and immersive gaming experience that is at the core of PS Vita."

SCEE's official line on a European release is that it's "not made any announcement about whether the 2000 series will be releasing in the UK / Europe."

Sony said it has seen a "remarkable increase in sales of hardware and software" since the introduction of a Japanese Vita price cut in February.

In August SCE announced a price cut for the existing PS Vita model, down to €199 in Europe and $199 in North America.

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