On the occasion of the Tokyo Game Show 2013, Sony has announced a new model of PlayStation Vita, a handheld console that attaches to a TV set to enjoy music, TV shows, movies and karaoke, which will be available in Japan from October 10 for 18,980 yen (about $190 at current exchange rates) plus taxes.
The new PS Vita Model PCH-2000 is 20% thinner (15mm) and 15% lighter (219 grams) than the version currently in the market. In the hardware sector, the console includes a 5-inch HD IPS display, 1GB of RAM, a micro-USB port and also an improved battery that will run for an additional hour, thus ensuring a total of about six hours of play. In the connectivity, the new model features Wi-Fi and there is no provision of Wi-Fi + 3G variant thus far.
The design of the console remains the same virtually, only the Start and Select buttons are different from the first-gen model. In the package, Sony has decided to include a 1GB of memory card, and a 90-day subscription to PlayStation Plus service.
The PlayStation Vita has many colors to choose: white, light blue, yellow, pink, gray and black. However, it’s not known when the new model will be available in Europe and other major markets.
Also during the conference at TGS 2013, Sony has also announced the release date of the PlayStation 4 in Japan. The next-gen console will be on sale for 39,980 yen ($401) in Japan from February 22, 2014 about three months after its debut in the United States, Europe and other countries. The Japanese giant explains that the delay of the launch is due to the requirements of the localized versions of all the games before the launch.