The PlayStation Vita has been having a tough time of it on the market. But Sony’s been working to revive it, and this latest go-round might just do the trick.
Light, Thinner, Faster, Roomier
Essentially, this is what you expect from a console update; It’s twenty percent thinner and fifteen percent lighter, for example, and the Vita was not exactly chunky to begin with. It also has, for the first time, some onboard memory, although it is only about a gigabyte, so that’s more for utility than anything else. Sony is also introducing a new memory card with 64 GB of room on it to complement this model, and with the price cuts, that’s a nice switch.
Trading Down On Screen
Probably the most controversial change, for some, will be the fact that this model doesn’t have an OLED screen, but instead a five inch LCD screen. In practice it won’t affect the games very much, but it’s definitely a step down in some respects. Probably the biggest cost will be to contrast: The OLED screen has a much better contrast ratio in lower light than LCD panels. It’s also an odd choice because LCD panels are thicker and heavier, and getting the Vita slimmed down seems to be the name of the game.
Colorful, But Not In The West Just Yet
Sony hasn’t officially announced this for the West just yet, but it’s likely coming; it’s currently priced at roughly $190, which reflects the West’s price cut to $200 we saw recently. Mostly we’re interested to see where the Vita goes from here as a gaming system; with the PlayStation Vita TV, and this new model, Sony is making an exceptionally aggressive push to get the Vita out there and to start getting Vita games played, whether on the go or on TV. Whether it’ll work is an open question, but there’s no denying that if it doesn’t, it won’t be for lack of trying.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.