updated 10:16 am EST, Fri January 24, 2014
Thinner PS Vita launch could take advantage of PlayStation 4 popularity
Sony will be launching a gaming device in the United Kingdom at the end of this month, and has begun to send invitations to the media. The invitation for the morning of the 30th of January, advises that it will be an "introduction to the slimmest" launch since the biggest in PlayStation history, with initial speculation claiming it to be a thinner version of the PS Vita handheld console.
Pocket-Lint believes the item being launched is the PS Vita Slim, a version of the PS Vita that is already available to buy in Japan, that is 20-percent thinner and 15-percent lighter than the existing model. The Japanese model is currently offered in a choice of six colors, though it is unlikely to do so for a western release, while the change from the OLED display of the original for a five-inch LCD version allows for up to another hour of batter life. The PS Vita has benefited from its ability to stream content from a linked PlayStation 4, so an upgrade to the console in Europe could be a likely prospect.
Even so, there is a chance that the event could be for the launch of the PS Vita TV, a small home console that was originally destined just for Asian markets until a strong online response in the US and Europe caused Sony to reconsider its plans. Capable of playing PS Vita and PSP games on a connected television using a DualShock 3 controller, the PS Vita TV is also capable of streaming content from the PlayStation 4.