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Sony teases new ‘slim’ announcement

Friday, 24th January 2014 13:01 GMT By Matt Martin

Sony is inviting select press to a breakfast briefing next week for the release of… something slim. Could it be the PS Vita 2000?

“Following the biggest launch in PlayStation history, join us for an introduction to the slimmest,” reads the invite.”

The event takes place January 30th at 9am in London. Last year Sony released the PS Vita 2000 in Japan – it’s 20 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than the existing model, and features an LCD screen rather than OLED. It also comes with 1GB of built-in memory.

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49 Comments

  1. monkeygourmet

    So… The PS3 Slim, Slim, Slim?

    will it still have the bluray drive? They should just remove the drive and bung in a Vita card reader and be done with the Vita TV.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. Digital Bamboo

    Wait a minute, the slim Vita in Japan has an LCD screen instead of an OLED? Isn’t that like a downgrade x2?

    “The new 2016 Ford Mustang, now featuring a smaller engine, and worse gas milage!”

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Pytox

    ow no ps4 slim lol
    would be even more insane compared to xbone size

    #3 10 months ago
  4. Ireland Michael

    @2 Yes, basically. Much like the 2DS, it’s pretty much exists for the sake of cost effectiveness, not for any genuine attempt at Improvment.

    This is probably to be a PS3 announcement. It’s been been quite while since it was downsized last.

    #4 10 months ago
  5. TERMINATOR-SSD

    Vita TV UK release, oh please oh please oh please

    #5 10 months ago
  6. ufoman

    @2
    Not really, unless it’s a really shitty LCD. IPS or Sony’s own PVA are more than decent display technologies.

    #6 10 months ago
  7. Bashtee

    I also think it’s going to be another PS3. Would be nice if they fix the noise of the bluray-drive.

    #7 10 months ago
  8. monkeygourmet

    “Girls, no one will even guess it’s that time again!”

    Discreet, comfortable, empowering…

    The PS Super, super, super Slim…

    Live, Play…

    #8 10 months ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    http://i.imgur.com/E1P7kYo.jpg

    The resolution is the same, but everything is a horrid tint of greyish yellow and slightly out of focus. The only reason I would even remotely suggest the LCD unit over the OLED model is if the price point was a genuine issue for you.

    #9 10 months ago
  10. Digital Bamboo

    @6 I don’t know, bro. I’ve tried out quite a few different screens, and to my eyes, even my discount brand LED TV looks significantly better than an LG LCD screen, which are considered among the best.

    But whatever, if the aim is to lower cost, I guess that’s one way to do it.

    #10 10 months ago
  11. Ireland Michael

    @10 The picture above should give you a good indication of how it looks.

    It’s the kind of thing that isn’t really a dealbreaker, but given the choice I’d go for the clearly superior option.

    #11 10 months ago
  12. Dragon

    Except people prefer Vita 2000 (slim model) waaaay over original 1000. Sales in Japan have increased a lot since 2000 model was released.
    Bad Vita sales all but guaranteed cutting edge hardware with best screens was not something consumers are looking for in handheld (the “no game” argument is bs, Vita never sold well despite having an awesome launch lineup).
    Vita 2000 is way more useful product for consumers with internal 1 gb memory and being slimmer and lighter. Success of 3DS just proves that the market for top graphics and hardware handheld is much smaller.

    That said, I will miss the original version.

    @10,
    They really need to lower the price, by any means. The hardcore guys loved OLED screen, but really, the sales are just abysmal. Consumers don’t want to pay for OLED, so that has to go.

    #12 10 months ago
  13. screaminchaos

    @10, As long as your TV isn’t an OLED(branded with OLED) it’s still an LCD. What we call LED tv is LCD screens with LED backlighting instead of LCD, so the only big difference is that the backlighting is LED instead of LCD… Just putting the information out there in case you were not aware of it! :)

    #13 10 months ago
  14. onlineatron

    whole press event to announce the western release date for an existing sku? weak

    #14 10 months ago
  15. Legendaryboss

    It is hilarious that the only thing they can announce for PS Vita in 2014 is a slim replacement (alongside Vita TV), no first party developers are available to make exclusives for it anyway.

    Niche and Indie games from here on. With remote play being a key focus in reference to Vita.

    #15 10 months ago
  16. Legendaryboss

    @14
    Ah well they have to convince us that they care ever so slightly, LOL No.

    #16 10 months ago
  17. Tormenter

    Making it thinner but removing the oled screen, wasn’t there a game that just announced that was optimised for the oled sceen?.. what the fuck point is doing that? What, new models can’t get all the features.. are Sony concerned that they’ll spoil their customers if the machine is too good?

    I hate it what companies do something like this.. update the model then start leaving features out..it might end up costing less.. but in that case it’s just become ‘cheaper’ not ‘less expensive’.

    #17 10 months ago
  18. X14EVR

    i would buy this because it is less than what the normal vita is and if im getting less than what the vita is its a good deal the only better deal would be for them to sell it in an empty box so its easier to burn when i get home

    #18 10 months ago
  19. Tormenter

    @12 Dragon

    Hey big mouth.. read comment 98 on this article.

    http://www.vg247.com/2014/01/23/tomb-raider-definitive-ps4-confirmed-at-60fps-xbox-one-still-unconfirmed/#comments

    …@ 18 lol, you posting just after me.. doesn’t exactly support what I’m saying to him. :/

    EDIT.. not that I’m telling you that you can’t post besides me… just remarking on the irony.

    #19 10 months ago
  20. Triggerhappy

    It’s a FANTASTIC lcd screen, I imported one last week because I can’t stand that OLED Mura issue. I’m more than happy.

    Colours are more accurate and it’s so much lighter it’s unreal.

    #20 10 months ago
  21. RussellGorall

    The Playstation Vita Ghetto.

    #21 10 months ago
  22. PEYJ

    @ 20

    How is the material? I mean, is it more plastic-like as when PSP upgraded from version 1 to version 2?

    @ 12

    I’m pretty sure the OLED-version isn’t going away. It is supposed to run alongside the LCD-version, at least to begin with.

    #22 10 months ago
  23. Dragon

    @22,
    Who knows. In Japan, the 1000 series was put on firesale just before 2000 launched.
    I already have a Vita, so it doesn’t really matter to me. If it increases the sales the Vita, then that is all the really matters, since that would mean increased support for the platform.

    #23 10 months ago
  24. Triggerhappy

    @22: The plastic is that soft touch grippy stuff. It feels really nice and doesn’t slip out your hands. It’s not as premium looking as the original but it’s not a big deal. The triggers feel a lot better and the analogs are slightly springier and not as tight.

    #24 10 months ago
  25. CyberMarco

    @Dragon, the 1gb built-in memory isn’t really that useful as you can’t use it simultaneously with a memory card.

    It’s more of a momentary solution for save data and some patches before buying a memory card for more space.

    They could had made it 4gb at least.

    #25 10 months ago
  26. PEYJ

    @25

    By the way: do you know if it fits into one of these:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Soft-Touch-Controller-Grip-Playstation/dp/B006LM2Y5A/ref=sr_1_1?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1390587272&sr=1-1&keywords=vita+grip

    #26 10 months ago
  27. OneLifeCycle

    This might spur my interest in buying a Vita. I have a PS4 and the remote view feature had me interested already. We’ll see.

    #27 10 months ago
  28. Dragon

    @CM,
    And that would have increased the price.

    #28 10 months ago
  29. OmegaSlayer

    The OLED is handcrafted by the Gods, even better than the Retina.
    LCD is a massive downgrade imho.
    If some of you guys is genuinely interested in picking a Vita in the close future go pick an Oled screened one now.

    #29 10 months ago
  30. Dragon

    Btw, isn’t it odd that a conference will only contain a hardware revision? I feel something more will be announced too.

    Vita could really do with some big games.

    #30 10 months ago
  31. thegrimmling

    I own a 3g 1000 series vita and I love it.

    @26 I prefer the official licensed PDP Trigger Grips. It makes it feel like like a ps3/ps4 controller and is pretty sturdy without limiting access to the touchscreens. Also, the shoulder triggers feel more natural to use.

    Also, the 1000 and 2000 Vitas fit in this.

    http://www.amazon.com/PSVita-Trigger-Grips-Sony-PS-Vita/dp/B0072A4JVW/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1390589968&sr=8-6&keywords=ps+vita+accessories

    #31 10 months ago
  32. Triggerhappy

    OLED Mura… This is why I can’t handle the 1000 model. I took 3 of them back for this before importing my 2000

    http://webassets.scea.com/forums/32500__MG_2681_1.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/9LruZ.png

    http://i.imgur.com/uAPSf.jpg

    ALL OLED Vita’s suffer from the same problem

    Some people can handle it… I can’t. I play in a dark room so it sticks out like a sore thumb.

    http://community.eu.playstation.com/t5/PS-Vita-General/Think-your-VITA-OLED-screen-is-perfect-Think-again/td-p/15220677

    #32 10 months ago
  33. Ireland Michael

    The splotches are completely unnoticeable unless the screen is completely devoid of colour, and doesn’t show up at under normal display. It never affects the picture on the screen, and is just a byproduct of the technology.

    #33 10 months ago
  34. thegrimmling

    @32 I don’t have that on my Vita. Does that happen over time?

    #34 10 months ago
  35. Triggerhappy

    @33: If you play in a dark room it’s noticeable all the time. Unfortunately that’s where I do most of my gaming. It is the nature of the technology but only when it’s manufactured on the cheap.

    @34: You’ve probably got it but just not noticed it yet, any ambient light does away with it… but try watch a film in the dark…

    #35 10 months ago
  36. dtyk

    @35

    You sure your model isn’t faulty? The mura only appears on mine when it’s complete darkness, and trust me I only game in the dark on the bed lol.

    #36 10 months ago
  37. X14EVR

    ofcourse its faulty it’s a sony playstation product come over to xbox were nothing breaks because its good quality

    #37 10 months ago
  38. Pytox

    @37 LOL RROD ! xD

    #38 10 months ago
  39. Triggerhappy

    @36: I took 3 of them back for this :(

    This is why the 2000 model suit’s me down to the ground. I really wish the 1000 wasn’t like this :(

    #39 10 months ago
  40. thegrimmling

    @35 I just checked in a darkened room and I have no Mura. Unless it happens over time or with wear & tear, I don’t have that issue.

    I do remember reading that of the 1000 vita line, that the 3g/WiFi model had less hardware issues than the strait-up WiFi model.

    #40 10 months ago
  41. Triggerhappy

    @40: I heard that too… but the other way around lolol. Check the Uncharted loading screen, REALLY looks bad there. But if you’ve NOT got it then your very lucky, don’t let go of that baby :P

    edit: I’ve also heard it gets slightly better over time, so if you’ve not got it now you’ll never get it.

    #41 10 months ago
  42. thegrimmling

    @41 lol, I actually used Netflix and Uncharted’s loading screen to test it.

    #42 10 months ago
  43. Triggerhappy

    Haha good stuff you’ve definitely not got it then. How awesome is Uncharted btw? Had to abandon playing it while I waited on my 2000 coming over, was only like 5 chapters in, I’m gonna restart it again soon. PSP titles look amazing on it, bought MGS Port Ops, Resistance Retribution and the Syphon Filters last night :)

    #43 10 months ago
  44. Dragon

    I also have had the Mura effect on my Vita, but it doesnt feel too much of an issue to me personally, since it requires dark environment+dark screen.
    On Uncharted GA, its a great game for Vita. Platinumed it last year, enjoyed a lot.
    But Persona 4 Golden is much better :lol:

    #44 10 months ago
  45. Triggerhappy

    @44: I really wish it didn’t bother me but I only game in the pitch dark. I hope we get more killer aps like Uncharted over 2014. Hopefully the 2000 at the lower price will give Vita the boost it needs.

    #45 10 months ago
  46. thegrimmling

    I think a game like Diablo 3 would rock on the Vita and it’s touchscreen controls.

    #46 10 months ago
  47. NocturnalB

    See, I want the thinner and lighter, but I’d prefer not sacrificing the OLED screen.

    #47 10 months ago
  48. OmegaSlayer

    @44 Every OLED has Mura but…do you know how much playing in total dark will hurt your eyes?
    That goes from cathode TV to the better Plasma out there.
    I sincerely encourage you to use some light when you play.

    #48 10 months ago
  49. Dragon

    @48,
    I generally do play in lighted conditions, hence I said mura effect isnt that big an issue for me. However, I don’t really know any proven disadvantages of playing in dark. In fact, I would argue especially in case of handhelds that it doesn’t matter, since handhelds are played pretty close to the eye, and probably have about same angular magnification (angle covered) as that of movie theatres.
    However, straining can occur since eyes have to adjust between bright screen and dark environment.

    Here is a link-
    http://www.giantbomb.com/forums/general-discussion-30/does-playing-video-games-in-a-dark-room-harm-the-e-222649/?page=1#js-message-605481

    #49 10 months ago

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