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Platform(s): PlayStation Vita
Genre: Hardware
Publisher: SCEA
Release Date: Feb. 22, 2012

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Sony Prepping Slimmer, Lighter PlayStation Vita Model, Bundled With 'Borderlands 2'

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2014 @ 5:03 p.m. PST

PS Vita incorporates a 5-inch multi-touch organic light emitting diode as the front display and a unique multi-touch pad on the rear. Together with the front touch screen and the rear touch pad, PS Vita offers new game play experiences, allowing users to interact directly with games in three dimension-like motion, through "touch, grab, trace, push and pull" finger motions.

The new PS Vita model comes with a redesigned architecture that is approximately 20% slimmer and 15% lighter than the original version, with new rounded edges that makes the system even more comfortable to hold.  Incorporating a 1GB internal memory card, the new model makes it possible to enjoy games without purchasing a separate PS Vita memory card. The battery life has also been extended to four- to six-hours of game play (from three- to five-hours in the current model) and approximately seven hours of video play (from five hours in the current model). In addition, a high-definition liquid crystal display (LCD) has been adopted for the new system.

"PlayStation Vita is poised for a strong year, and introducing the new model is just the start." said John Koller, vice president of platforms marketing, SCEA. "With an array of great games like MLB 14 The Show and The Walking Dead Season Two adding to PS Vita's huge catalog of games, as well as our strong indie lineup and the ability to play PS4 games through Remote Play, now is the perfect time to be a PS Vita owner. In addition, PlayStation Now will expand the gaming library further by allowing PlayStation 3 titles to be streamed to PS Vita when the service launches later this year."

Launching this Spring, the system will be available in black as part of the Borderlands 2 Limited Edition PlayStation Vita Bundle, which includes the first-person role-playing shooter hit Borderlands 2 with six DLC packs and an 8GB PS Vita memory card, all for $199.99 (MSRP).

Borderlands 2 takes advantage of the PS Vita system's unique features by letting players use the system's front touchscreen and rear touch pad to zoom and pan on maps, manage inventory, inspect items, and more. The sequel follows six new Vault Hunters as they fight to free Pandora from the clutches of the brilliant, charismatic and utterly despicable CEO of the Hyperion Corporation - Handsome Jack. Borderlands 2 for PS Vita includes six downloadable content (DLC) packs: Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty, Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage, Psycho Character Class, Mechromancer Character Class, Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 1 and Collector's Edition Pack.

Content for the PS Vita system is stronger than ever with more than 100 games planned for the system this year, including:

  • God of War: Collection from SCE Worldwide Studios (WWS)
  • MLB 14 The Show from SCE WWS
  • The Sly Collection from SCE WWS
  • Invizimals: The Alliance from SCE WWS
  • Murasaki Baby from SCE WWS
  • Final Fantasy X HD Remaster and Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster from Square Enix
  • Hohokum from SCE WWS/HoneySlug
  • Helldivers from Arrowhead Game Studios/SCE WWS
  • Destiny of Spirits from Q Entertainment/SCE WWS
  • No Heroes Allowed: No Puzzles Either! from SCE WWS
  • BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma from Aksys Games
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two and The Wolf Among Us from Telltale Games

Support from independent developers remains strong on the PS Vita system, with upcoming titles including:

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number from Dennaton and Devolver Digital
  • Minecraft from Mojang
  • Metrico from Digital Dreams
  • LUFTRAUSERS from Vlambeer and Devolver Digital
  • Fez from Polytron
  • 1001 Spikes from Nicalis

Since the launch of the PS4 console, the PS Vita system has become the ultimate companion device for the home console with key features like "Remote Play," which allows most PS4 games to be streamed on the PS Vita system at home over a Wi-Fi connection. The PS Vita system will also support PlayStation®Now (PS Now), SCE's streaming game service that leverages cloud-based technology. The service will be offered first on the PS4 and PS3 systems this summer, followed by the PS Vita system and most 2014 U.S. models of Sony's BRAVIA TV lineup.

PlayStation Vita PCH-2000 Series Product Specification

Platform name

PlayStation Vita

Model number

PCH-2000 series

CPU

ARM Cortex-A9 core (4 core)

GPU

SGX543MP4+

Main memory

512MB

VRAM

128MB

External Dimensions

Approx. 183.6 x 85.1 x 15.0 mm (width x height x depth) (excludes largest projection)

Weight

Approx. 219g

Screen

5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, LCD

(Touch screen)

Multi touch screen (capacitive type)

Rear touch pad

Multi touch pad (capacitive type)

Cameras

Front camera, Rear camera
Frame rate : 120fps@320x240(QVGA), 60fps@640x480(VGA)
Resolution : Up to 640x480(VGA)

Sound

Built-in stereo speakers
Built-in microphone

Motion sensors

Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass

Location

Wi-Fi location service support

Keys / Switches

PS button
Power button
Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)
Right stick, Left stick
START button, SELECT button
Volume buttons (+/-)

Wireless communications

IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1x1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

Internal memory card

1GB*2

Slots/Ports

PlayStation Vita card slot
Memory card slot
Micro USB port (Type B) (for USB data communication, DC IN,
Headset jack (Stereo mini jack) (for Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In])

Power

Built-In Lithium-ion Battery: DC3.7V 2210mAh
AC adaptor: DC 5V

Included

PlayStation Vita Wi-Fi model PCH-2000 series x 1
USB cable x 1
AC adapter x 1
AC power cord x 1
Printed materials x 1

 


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