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PS Vita: difference between new and old screens “relatively imperceptible”

Thursday, 30th January 2014 12:56 GMT By Matt Martin

Sony defends switch from OLED to LCD screens, “technology is always full of compromises,” says UK MD.

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Sony has switched screen technology for the new PS Vita console, but the difference in quality is “relatively imperceptible” according to UK managing director Fergal Gara.

Speaking to VG247 today, he said that the change in screens from a OLED to LCD display allowed Sony to take advantage of other tinkering on the console – shrinking it down and creating a lighter model.

“When we introduced Vita with the OLED screen that was considered – and it was – the pinnacle of screen technology. It was a beautiful screen and LCD at the time would have felt like a compromise.

“What’s happened in the interim is LCD screen technology has improved significantly,” said Gara. “Whilst some think there’s a subtle difference between the two, we think it’s relatively imperceptible.

“More importantly with the LCD technology we’re able to deliver on the couple of advantages, specifically the weight and thickness advantages.”

He added: “Technology is always full of compromises and trade-offs, and we believe we’ve got the trade-offs right. In other words, if there’s any degradation in screen technology it’s very subtle, but it’s also helping us achieve other advantages.”

Customers who who prefer the OLED screen need to move quickly, stock has “all but sold out”.

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19 Comments

  1. El_MUERkO

    *cough*BULLSHIT*ahem*

    #1 7 months ago
  2. CyberMarco

    “if there’s any degradation in screen technology it’s very subtle, but it’s also helping us achieve other advantages.”

    Yeah, sell a cheap (to manufacture product) more expensive to the consumer. *cough*Iphone 5C*cough*

    Fuck your bullshit PR statements!

    #2 7 months ago
  3. Cappe1930

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    #3 7 months ago
  4. Skywalker333

    @1 & 2, totally agree. if the difference was imperceptible, then not every single review of the japanese 2000version would be complaining about it.

    #4 7 months ago
  5. Dragon

    @Skywalker333,
    Really? So tell me why is it selling much much better than 1000 model ever did?

    #5 7 months ago
  6. Erthazus

    Sony is in damage control and the only reason to that is that if Vita was successfull then all of the slim models and etc. would have OLED screen. It is fantastic looking screen.

    but so far Vita is a failure and OLED screen costs a lot for Sony

    #6 7 months ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    This is not “relatively inperceptible”: http://www.thesixthaxis.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/vita.jpg

    @Dragon, “Really? So tell me why is it selling much much better than 1000 model ever did?”

    Because it’s cheaper and because more games are out, increasing sales in general.

    Why do you keep pointing this out? Nobody is arguing about it selling. If it’s getting more people into the format, that’s great. This is a pure critical debate on its quality.

    #7 7 months ago
  8. Cobra951

    OLED is self-emissive. LCD is backlit. Fine wine to cheap beer. Imperceptible my hairy backside.

    #8 7 months ago
  9. thegrimmling

    @Dragon It is selling better due to coming in multiple colors, improved battery life, and PS4 functionality.

    #9 7 months ago
  10. Skywalker333

    @Dragon because it has more games now than it had then. its that simple.
    +that now u can find a ps vita much cheaper than it was during the first year and cheaper than its 6month old price drop.
    +ps4 functionality.

    it wasn’t the new model, it was the timing.

    btw: here is a very good video with the difference in screen. “imperceptible”? don’t think so.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa8ue0rPVgA

    #10 7 months ago
  11. Samurai

    Why doesn’t Sony just say the LCD is cheaper to make so they can make more profit? All those quotes are riddled with damage control. As someone who owns a PS Vita 1000, the OLED screen is seriously the best screen I’ve ever seen in my life. Insanely vivid colours and the infinite contrast ratio with the , you know, 100% blacks.

    #11 7 months ago
  12. frostface

    I wouldn’t trade my OLED Vita for LCD but if it brings the price down and gets more people playing on the console, that’s a good thing. More people playing equals more support from publishers i.e. more games which makes everyone happy. This is a good news story. Some people need to be less grumpy.

    #12 7 months ago
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    #13 7 months ago
  14. Lounds

    Well my HTC one has a LCD screen and most reviewers rated it best colour and best blacks. I think Sony is telling truth.

    #14 7 months ago
  15. Dragon

    @Skywalker333,
    “because it has more games now than it had then. its that simple.
    +that now u can find a ps vita much cheaper than it was during the first year and cheaper than its 6month old price drop.
    +ps4 functionality.

    it wasn’t the new model, it was the timing.”
    Nope. Vita sales improved also when 1000 model got a price drop. 2000 model is priced almost the same as 1000 model in Japan.
    Games argument is useless. Vita has had a steady stream of games in Japan for a long while, yet the uptick in sales only arrived after 2000 model released.
    And PS4 isn’t even released there. So all your points are just moot.

    @IM,
    “This is a pure critical debate on its quality.”
    And your “pure critical debate” is based on personal opinions which are passed around as truths. Quality and value are determined by sales, which tell us how real consumers and not internet denizens feel about the product.
    And 2000 model scores well above 1000 there. Also, I never said screen isn’t a downgrade. Its more people (to whom it doesn’t matter one bit) ignoring all other improvements which makes 2000 model much more consumer friendly, and somehow stating 2000 model is a downgrade is a fact.
    Its a compromise, not a downgrade. If anyone feels different, they should just go and buy a 1000 model soon.

    #15 7 months ago
  16. Ireland Michael

    @Dragon “And your “pure critical debate” is based on personal opinions which are passed around as truths.”

    No it isn’t mate. You’re the one being aggressive about your opinion and outright telling people they’re wrong.

    “If anyone feels different, they should just go and buy a 1000 model soon.”

    Obviously.

    But they shouldn’t shut up, like you seem obsessed with telling everyone to do. Everyone had the right to express an opinion

    #16 7 months ago
  17. Dragon

    @Ireland Michael,
    First, see my reply to Skywalker. Vita sales have increased due to 2000 model, not games, which had be available always. In fact, read how Sony made changes in 2000 model to attract more kids and females, and it has worked.

    His assumption are just completely wrong about sales and perception of 2000 in Japanese media and I am talking about that. Why are you butting in?

    #17 7 months ago
  18. Cobra951

    “Quality and value are determined by sales”

    @dragon: Mmm, no. Value perhaps, to some degree. Quality, however, is an absolute property, irrespective of popularity. The quality of the display has suffered demonstrably. That is a statement of fact, not a subjective bias.

    #18 7 months ago
  19. Dragon

    @Cobra951,
    I would disagree. Perceived quality is also something very well demonstrated by sales. Why would anyone buy a product they feel is inferior.
    They wont.
    Also, apart from screen, 2000 model has many other advantages over 1000 model, like internal mem, more battery life etc.

    #19 7 months ago

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