News: PS Vita Slim announced for UK release

Hot on the coat-tails of the PS4’s success, Sony has yesterday announced that the PS Vita Slim will be released in the UK on February 7th 2014.

Estimated to cost in the region of £180, the new slim model is 20% thinner and 15% lighter than it’s predecessor, creating a more sleek look and greater emphasis on handheld, compact gaming.

The slim model will come with 1GB of internal memory, just enough to get buyers started, but considering the wide back catalogue of the Vita and the sheer quantity of downloadable games, those pricy Sony exclusive memory cards are the only option for increasing capacity.

The most notable change to the console comes to the screen. Gone is the crisp OLED display, and in with a standard, cheaper LED display. Cutting the price of manufacturing the console, the LCD screen is expected to make the Vita’s battery life go that bit further compared to the OLED screen of now.

Further changes to the console include a smaller rear touchpad, allowing for bigger grip panels, and the start and select buttons have had a redesign. You’ll now be able to charge your Vita using the Dualshock 4 cable, as the port has been changed to match that of the PS4 controller.

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