New PS Vita supports micro USB charger

No proprietary cables for 2000 model

The new PlayStation Vita 2000 model can be charged using micro USB - a non-proprietary standard used on many mobile phones.

Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida tweeted the news on Sunday evening, stating: "You'll be happy to know PS Vita 2000 can charge with a smartphone charger with micro USB".

The original version of the Vita - the only model currently available in Europe and North America - uses a unique charging cable provided by Sony.

The redesigned Vita was announced at the Tokyo Game Show in September and launched in Japan on October 10. Western release dates have not been announced.

Priced at 19,929 yen (£128 / $200 USD), the new model is 20 per cent thinner (15mm) and 20 per cent lighter (219g) than the original Vita.

Although the new Vita's five-inch LCD panel replaces the original's OLED display, a Sony exec has claimed the LCD screen will not be of inferior quality.