updated 06:22 am EST, Thu January 30, 2014
15-percent lighter, 20-percent thinner than earlier PS Vita release
Sony has launched the PS Vita Slim in the United Kingdom, something the company teased late last week. Marking the first western release of the handheld PlayStation console after its Japanese launch, the PS Vita Slim has a few changes when compared to the original model, including a 15-percent reduction in weight and shrinking in thickness by 20 percent, and 1GB of built-in storage.
The other major change is with the display, from an OLED panel to a 960x540 IPS LCD version, something which helps the battery last for an increased six hours. Inside is the same quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor with 512MB of RAM and 128MB of VRAM, microphone and speakers, but the connector has been updated to microUSB instead of Sony's original proprietary connection.
Sony PS Vita Slim
Pre-orders for the PS Vita Slim start from today ahead of shipping on February 7th, priced at £180 ($296). Though it is only shipping to the UK in this instance, it could be a sign Sony will be offering the slimmer console to other territories in Europe in the future, and possibly the United States.