Vita 2000 designer discusses cute speaker holes and broader colour based appeal

Thursday, 12th September 2013 06:53 GMT By Ewan Miller

The head of the Vita 2000′s design project at Sony Computer Entertainment, Mika Nagae, spoke to Weekly Famitsu about the ways the new Vita “targets new users” regardless of their” age or gender”. Key to this plan is replacing the “high-class look” of the current black Vita with the more “accessible” pastel colours.

“We wanted the new Vita to be accessible by anyone, regardless of age or gender. So I discussed things with the designers, trying to come up with casual, yet fresh and unique colors we could use. The colors have been pretty basic up to now, but the new Vita is trying to change that image by taking a different approach to coloring.”

This approach to broaden the console’s appeal beyond the core even extends to the 2000′s new speakers: “In addition, the speaker holes have also been rearranged into this kind of flower shape which I, at least, think is cute”. The included 1GB of internal memory is also designed to alleviate some of the headaches for less savvy Vita owners, although Nagae did acknowledge that if the user was looking to download games, they’d have to purchase one of the larger memory cards.

Even the controls have gotten revamped to help newer players: “The shape of the buttons has changed as well; the buttons jut out a bit more, making them easier to push and control. Of course, the weight and fit of the system is still suited for gameplay, and it still feels the same as before to control. It’s something that I hope people can try out for themselves”.

The Vita 2000 is set to ship on October the 10th in Japan and hasn’t been announced for foreign markets yet. Do you think a less “high-class” appeal might do Sony’s sometimes struggling handheld?

Thanks, Polygon.



  1. Goffee

    In Japan with the many “collaboration hunting” games coming out, it’ll do well enough. But in the west we need a few big hitters (given its likely arrival in 2014) to hype it up…. anyone… anyone… Bueller? Bueller?

    Indie games just won’t help it sell outside the shrinking core.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Belmont

    It is not looking ugly by any means. That premium sheen is gone however. Not surprising when you look at its main rival. It is still a neat looking console though.

    btw, How many Vita’s have been sold up to now ?

    #2 1 year ago
  3. noamlol2

    another fail

    no HDMI port

    the entire succcess of the original PSP 2000 was that you could hook it up to a TV and play your games on a bigass screen via component cables

    so the vita 2000 adds nothing to the original device

    sony are in for a massive failure

    #3 1 year ago
  4. AngryConsumer

    @3 psvita is mainly for gaming on the go and the touch screen. if you want big screen you can always get the psvitatv that is more for the living room. so you should not compare the psvita with the psp2000 at all, its a totally different product.

    2014 will be the year for the psvita, it will do very good. i have no doubt about that. it will sell like hot cakes…

    #4 1 year ago
  5. noamlol2

    #4 only if they reduce their atrocious prices on memory cards

    a 100$ for 32 is bullshit

    i can buy sandisk 32 for 20$

    #5 1 year ago
  6. CyberMarco

    The problem with the new Vita 2000 is that it’s only cheap for Sony to manufacture, not cheap for the consumer. Same thing with Apple and the new iphone 5C.

    They could have easily include an HDMI-out on the Vita 2000 and release the Vita TV alongside. 2 different demographics of gamers.

    Also 1Gb is really disappointing.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. pcbros

    @3 – They don’t include a TV out option so that people will buy the Vita TV. But I agree, that feature would be nice.

    I think the Vita 2000 will be a fail if it doesn’t cost less than the original Vita. How can you downgrade a device and not reflect it in it’s cost?

    #7 1 year ago

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