Vita 2000 revealed in Japan! Thinner, lighter, coming in October

During Sony's Japanese press event, the publisher started the event with a big surprise: a redesigned PS Vita. Though the shape is relatively the same, the 2000 Series is 15% lighter, sports a slightly different design, and has one extra hour of battery time. The Japanese version will come in six different colors, too--take a look at the new model below.

The system will launch in Japan on October 10 and cost 19,000 Yen, which is about $200. A 64GB memory card will also be released the same day, which we're guessing should go a long way to offsetting the slight price cut in the new model (see: it'll be expensive). 

No international launch was announced at the event, but it's hard to imagine Sony would keep this sexy new look to Japan. Stay tuned for more information as the press conference continues. 


  • GOD - September 9, 2013 6:43 p.m.

    Expect it to only come in out in either white only or black only outside of Japan. They never share the cool colors with us.
  • slimjim441 - September 9, 2013 9:56 a.m.

    Still not enough to convince me to get one. So far, the Vita has taken the same steps as the PSP did for me. There simply aren't enough games that make it a worthwhile investment. I'm not dropping $250+ for a single game... Unless it's Metal Gear.
  • Oujisama - September 9, 2013 3:33 p.m.

    That sounds like a very typical comment that normally comes from people who buy into what others say in the very early stages of a console's release, who then proceed to ignore the console for years, thereby making their opinion invalid. The PSP struggled (in the US) in the beginning, but there's actually an incredibly large library of games for it at this point (including several Metal Gear games). Indeed, the Vita has absolutely no games right now, but I definitely wouldn't say its the same as the PSP.
  • slimjim441 - September 9, 2013 4:46 p.m.

    Easy there, Captain Pretentious. Note the introductory element leading into my comparison of the Vita to the PSP: 'So far.' At this point in the Vita's life, from where the Vita stands now, until some really solid and major games release for the Vita, I don't see it as a worthwhile investment. Clear enough? And to be clear on the PSP, I hadn't bought one until it had been out for over two years. I was ecstatic to get Portable Ops, and when I finished that, I realized there was practically nothing of value. I kept up with releases, only to find another MGS game and Kingdom Hearts. So three games, during its entire lifespan. The Xbox 360 could do better than that, and I don't play Halo or CoD. So, here I wait, keeping tabs on the Vita, waiting for anything to legitimize a purchase.
  • Oujisama - September 9, 2013 5:20 p.m.

    Patapon series, God of War chains of olympus and ghost of sparta, locoroco, crisis core ff7, both Dissidia games, 3rd birthday, gods eater burst, monster hunter portable 3, tactics ogre, littlebigplanet, syphon filter logans shadow, peace walker, and valkyria chronicles 2/3 are some games I can think of off the top of my head. As I said, it seems like you didn't try hard enough to actually look for good games and dismissed the console. If you haven't heard of or care for these games, well then I guess there's no point in you really talking about the PSP.
  • slimjim441 - September 9, 2013 5:38 p.m.

    Several, not all, of these titles are great; the rest are good. Never said they weren't. But even still, half a dozen games still doesn't validate it for me. I should also mention that my PSP bricked 6 moths after I bought while I was in the middle of Peace Walker, so while I'm sure I would have loved a few more of these titles, I still couldn't justify paying to get it fixed for another one or two games. I'll admit, it takes a lot for a system to prove its worth to me. Reliable hardware, a very expansive library of AAA games (at least a dozen), a local community who also keeps to date with the system, and of course, good looking graphics. It bricked in six months, I had one friend who owned a PSP and only played Crisis Core and God of War (snore), only 6-8 AAA games that appealed to me, and it looked almost as good as a gamecube. Personally, the Wii beat the PSP in every category. I still feel like I wasted my money, and I don't want to do the same with the Vita. So, I remain skeptical.
  • wadesmit - September 9, 2013 5:10 a.m.

    The touchpad weirdly looks a lot smaller.
  • rcarrasco121 - September 9, 2013 5:04 a.m.

    I'll take 10
  • ObliqueZombie - September 9, 2013 4:58 a.m.

    I KNEW IT! Problem is, is it better? I love my PS3 super slim, but the design choices on some aspects are questionable. Cheap-feeling, dirt-prone, etc.
  • StrayGator - September 9, 2013 1:22 a.m.

    first impression: the sticks seem to be smaller than before. hope the PS logo on the back isn't embossed, that would feel weird in the middle of a touch surface.
  • shawksta - September 8, 2013 11:46 p.m.

    You forgot to.mention that its lower price was because the new model has 5"LED screens instead of OLED. Damn Sony, even Nintendo wouldn't do that. I don't want it honestly, I still want to buy a vita eventually but I'll stick with the original model.
  • Shinn - September 8, 2013 11:48 p.m.

    Thanks for pointing that out, now I don't feel at all bad about picking one up on sale a couple of months ago.
  • StrayGator - September 9, 2013 1:19 a.m.

    LED/OLED denote the principal technology of the display, both can make awesome products or cheap garbage. Samsung cellphones use OLED diaplays and look pretty great, iPhones use LED and look better. Is the new PSV screen better or worse than the original? I'll wait for reviewers to put their eyes on it and make side-by-side comparisons. Anyway I doubt the difference will be drastic. It needs to be mentioned though that as a rule of thumb OLED screens CAN be thinner and more efficient than LCD/LED screens.
  • Shinn - September 9, 2013 4:07 a.m.

    The main difference is that an OLED screen is brighter and has a higher contrast than a regular LED backlit screen. That's probably one of the biggest factors in the new Vita's extended battery life. It'll look more or less the same, but if I'm playing Killzone out the the sun that small increase in nits could make experience tolerable rather than uncomfortable.
  • shawksta - September 9, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    I seem to have made a mistake Its LCD, not LED, unless they are the same thing
  • Shinn - September 9, 2013 5:50 p.m.

    Sort of, LED screens are more or less a different type of backlight for an LCD screen.
  • Redeater - September 8, 2013 11:32 p.m.

    Ugh. You had to remind us of those fucking memory cards didn't you Henerey? This system is still 5-6 "must have" games away for me to even consider buying it. Gravity Rush might be great but as I have a stack of unfinished AAA 3DS games in front of's going to take a lot more than just GR and Persona for me to invest in one.

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