New PS Vita model to launch October 10 in Japan
posted on 09.09.13 at 02:17 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Available in Black, White, Pink/Black, Khaki/Black, and more.

Sony is introducing a slimmer and lighter PlayStation Vita Wi-Fi model with one gigabyte of built-in memory in Japan this holiday.

Announced at its SCEJA Press Conference in Tokyo, the PCH-2000 series has a redesigned internal architecture to make the system 20 percent slimmer (15mm) and 15 percent lighter (219g). The original PS Vita’s OLED display has been replaced with a high-definition 5-inch LCD display, and the system uses micro USB for charging and backing up data.

The new model will also have longer battery life to offer four to six hours of gameplay, compared to the current model’s three to five hours, and seven hours of video play, compared to the current five hours.

The system will launch first in Japan for 18,900 yen (19,929 yen with tax) on October 10. It will be available in six colors: “Black,” “White,” “Lime Green/White,” “Light Blue/White,” “Pink/Black,” and “Khaki/Black.”

Accessories for the new model include a 2,100 yen charge cable with stand, several colored 1,575 yen soft cases, a 798 yen protective film, and a new 64 gigabyte memory card for 10,479 yen. Prices of already available memory cards have also been lowered.

Watch a promotion video below. View the first images at the gallery.

Additionally, Sony detailed a number of PS Vita bundles it has coming up, which are also pictured at the gallery. Find that information below.

Gundam Breaker Starter Pack

  • Model Number: PCHL-60001
  • Release Date: October 31, 2013
  • MSRP: 28,076 yen (29,480 yen with tax)
  • Contents
    • PlayStation Vita (PCH-2000 series) Wi-Fi model with Gundam Breaker original design
    • A copy of Gundam Breaker
    • Gundam Breaker-exclusive Gundam Plastic Model HUGC 1/144 Gundam and Mass Production Zak II Set Gundam Breaker Original Color Version
    • USB cable
    • AC adapter
    • Power cord
    • Printed matter

PlayStation Vita x God Eater 2 Fenrir Edition

  • Model Number: PCHJ-10010
  • Release Date: November 14, 2013
  • MSRP: 24,724 yen (25,960 yen with tax)
  • Contents
    • PlayStation Vita (PCH-2000 series) Wi-Fi model with Fenrir Edition design
    • A copy of God Eater 2 USB cable
    • AC adapter
    • Power cord
    • Printed matter
    • Original cloth
    • Original strap

Playstation Vita Otomate Special Pack

  • Model Number: PCHJ-10011
  • Release Date: December 19
  • MSRP: 21,000 yen (22,050 yen with tax)
  • Contents
    • PlayStation Vita (PCH-2000 series) Wi-Fi model
    • Download codes for Hakuouki Kyoukaroku and Amnesia V Edition
    • Amnesia V Star anime DVD
    • USB cable
    • AC adapter
    • Power cord
    • Printed matter

PlayStation Vita Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster Resolution Box

  • Model Number: PCHJ-10009
  • Release Date: 2013
  • MSRP: Pending
  • Contents
    • PlayStation Vita (PCH-2000 series) Wi-Fi model withFinal Fantasy X original design
    • A copy of Final Fantasy X HD Remaster
    • A copy of Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster
    • USB cable
    • AC adapter
    • Power cord
    • Printed matter
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  • Calvin Chikelue

    Still with the proprietary memory cards, Sony? Really? Newest looks to be about a $90 or so. Yeah, no way. Cool that it’s thinner though.

    • MrFinalgamer

      they’re going to use microsd cards with this…

    • DrForbidden

      Unfortunately, the proprietary cards are not going anywhere, since the manufactured units are not capable of taking generic memory cards.

  • Anime10121

    Still no video out huh :(

    • miyamoto

      yeah its sad
      1 GB internal flash memory is good
      1,000 yen less expensive
      standard USB

  • Eclipse

    Nice, I’m really liking that it’s thinner and offers a little more battery life.

    I really hope the God Eater 2 Vita is based on this model.

  • McPoo

    Is this the “big announcement”?

    Anyway, seems alright. I sold my Vita ages ago because the library wasn’t going anywhere and I don’t like the direction Sony are taking it in.

    That said, the hardware itself was fantastic. Incredibly comfortable, great screen and the dual sticks were so useful. I’m curious how the new screen will compare to the old one tbh.

  • b4lmung

    DAT 64GB !

  • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

    Can anyone definitively say that the OLED is better than this new “high def LCD” screen?

    Come on. Which is better?

    • Zackasaur

      We can’t really say yet. LCD is a little more durable, but OLED has traditionally been more vibrant. They’re always working on improving LCD, though.

      I know LCD is cheaper to produce, so that’s probably helpful for Sony’s pricing woes.

      • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

        I haven’t bought a Vita yet but I really want the new cheaper version. As long as the LCD screen has the same kinda of brightness and vibrant colors than I am very happy!

        I know its HD so its same resolution as the OLED one.

    • Kyosuke Yoshino

      I think OLED is clearly better, black level is incredible, much better contrast, no ghosting, it may be crisper too.
      However, LCD doesn’t even costs half to produce, compared to OLED. It’s a lot cheaper, and they can probably sell Vita cheaper thanks to this (or at least gain more money).

    • DrForbidden

      OLED has better contrast and vibrancy than LCD, but it doesn’t do as well under bright sunlight as LCD.

      • miyamoto

        correct OLED has good color saturation(sometimes over saturated), viewing angles too but more expensive than LCD

        I have a Galaxy S3 with super AMOLED and New Nexus 7 with IPS LCD

        LED LCD lasts longer than OLED, less expensive, correct color profile, more mature technology, brighter than OLED,

  • Elvick

    I like that it has internal memory… I don’t like that they changed the screen.

    Not even sure if LCD or OLED is supposed to be better, but the system should just have the same kind of screen on all units IMO. Especially if it affects the way games look. I don’t know that it does though.

    I don’t know that thinner is something I’d like though. I find the Vita pretty thin already. Being thinner would probably make it harder to hold for most.

  • MasterSensei

    I’m happy with the older model since I usually keep mine in a case in my bag and it has an OLED screen.

  • $3582264

    The vita was my system of choice because i am deeply unhappy where microsoft and sony are taking home consoles in this day and age. And i couldnt be happier with the games that are available for the psv. As for psv2000 i couldnt care less. The OLED screen is beautiful and i cant imagine that LCD is going to come close.

    • ddsfan2

      Couldn’t agree more. This revision sounds un-compelling to me (no OLED? really?), but the library is really starting to take off. Then again, I liked it’s library pretty early on, whereas none of the next gen consoles (PS4/One/WiiU) have very many games that interest me yet…

    • DarthNemesis

      What the hell are you talking about? The PS4 is going in a great direction thus far before I even launched.

  • Bob Obb

    Maybe time for me to buy a Vita

  • HeatPhoenix

    the 64gb card is HALF the price of the goddamn Vita itself. However, it says 1gb of built-in memory, so if you play physical it should be more than sufficient for save files, right?

  • bloodiOS

    Here’s hoping that the new LCD screen is some seriously high quality stuffs that uses RGB-LED, because Sony and their devs have been bragging left and right about the OLED screen, and to see it goes away…

  • Belenger

    Welp, time to buy another vita before the original model phases out, because i’m In no way giving up my OLED for prone to have dead pixels console, ever again, as we saw with the PSP, with each revision of the vita the components will go cheaper, heck WITH any console Sony has made >_>.

    • LordKaiser

      Yeah… OLED degrades faster…..

      • Belenger

        After 3000 hours of gameplay on vita the degrade is minimal, 1470 hours being only PSO2, so I’ll rather have another one in stock when first one dies, since replacing parts will be hard to come by.

  • Raiu

    For people asking the difference between OLED and LCD…
    OLED is more vibrant while LCD is more clearer in direct sunlight…

    Nevertheless… I’ll keep my Vita as the way it is….

    • Aci

      Thanks for the info, Raiu. True, I’m sticking to my old vita. All I’m hoping is that sony doesn’t ditch the old model after this new one’s out.

    • SOLOmio

      thanks dude if it wasn’t for this pic i think i was about to waste money!

  • carrebeannut

    the older one much better, vita don’t need the new model but need new games.

  • Mar Mar

    Maybe for those who didn’t buy one yet.

    I still have my PSP-1000 with 1 dead pixel.

  • usagi_san

    The only thing I would want on my current model that the new model has is the start/select buttons. Otherwise, I’m good. Hopefully more pick up the Vita now.

    Yeah! A new 64Gb memory card. Though, it will be pricey as hell.

    • bloodiOS

      Isn’t it the same price that the 32GB used to be?

      • usagi_san

        Is it? Still too pricey for me.

        • bloodiOS

          Well, it’ll drop eventually once the time comes for the Vita-3000 and the 128GB memory card to show up.

      • SOLOmio

        indeed it is!

  • DarthNemesis

    What is the complaining about? It for those who want a cheaper model not those who already have it or want the premium version. Always complaining no matter what.

    • bloodiOS

      Let’s say I’m not exactly wealthy but still planning on getting the Vita somewhere down the line, and all I’m left with are these LCD models instead of the OLED one the early adopters enjoyed. But of course, I’ll save that argument after we’ve seen some reviews on the the new LCD screen (if it’s iPhone quality LCD, it wouldn’t be so bad.) Beside, isn’t the price, with only ¥1K difference, more or less the same as the original Vita right now (after the price drop)? So yeah, it’s a cheaper model alright, but for the manufacturer, not (a lot) for consumers.

      • Articuno76

        The OLED model is not being phased out. Sony is (for the time being at least) going to continue not only selling the OLED system, but also producing it as well.


        • bloodiOS

          Yeah, but for how much longer? As far as I’m concern, this is going to be just like how the PSP was, the 2000 series came out and the 1000 (quickly) phased out.

  • [Guillem ]

    And they also eliminate the strage usb input on the top? what will happen to the old vita owners if they made games in hd?,… too many questions,…

  • Niyari

    yay for late adopters, i guess.

  • OlimacFTW

    This makes me to value my old Vita even more. And i knew it before, 3G was an useless feature.

  • LordKaiser

    Is this 4G?

    • Elvick

      I think it’s only wifi.

    • dart2087

      WIFI only

      • LordKaiser

        Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! Nvm i don’t have money to pay AT&T for that service.

        • dart2087


  • Elvick

    As long as they still sell the original, even if it’s stuck as 3G. I’m happy.

    I might want to replace mine some day, because the nicks I accidentally put in it. xP

    And I really don’t like the look of the new model.

  • PrinceHeir

    i want to see if the LCD still look at least good like OLED :)

    • ͜ʖ ͡°

      above OLED vita, below LCD vita.. you should notice the start and select button differences

      • PrinceHeir

        ehh the colors seems a little washed out :(

        they need to bring back the OLED screen!

        tbh it should have been reverse!

        LED first then OLED!

      • PrinceHeir

        btw it seems your already playing Ragnarok Odyssey Ace :)

        want that game!!!

  • Kurisu Makise

    I’m glad it looks a bit like the DS4, though I think it’s design could have been better matched to PS4 than this. I’m looking forward to hands on impressions with the screen, especially vs the 1000 series. If we get the FF bundle in NA I might double dip.

  • SOLOmio

    so, only next year then?

  • Lujo

    I think PS Vita LCD will have problem with AA :