Sony’s Inferior Slim Vita Coming To US This Spring

Posted by Bob Muir on Feb 11, 2014 in Tech, Videogames |

Vita Borderlands 2 bundle

It may have few must-play games, but the PlayStation Vita is one sexy handheld. Part of that is thanks to its OLED screen, which provides a vibrancy rarely seen on handhelds. I’m a diehard Nintendo handheld fan, but even I admit that the Vita’s screen blows the 3DS out of the water. Of course, screen makers are still working the kinks out of OLED technology, and they take up lots of energy. It’s not entirely surprising that Sony would consider replacing the OLED screen with a cheaper, more energy-efficient LCD screen. That’s what they’ve done with the new PlayStation Vita slim model, which is so far only available in Japan. But sometime in Spring 2014, the new LCD model will be made available in the US. It will retail for $200, coming bundled with an 8GB memory card and a Vita port of Borderlands 2.

Sony boasts that the new model is lighter and slimmer, but all this means to me is that I need to buy my own Vita before the LCD models completely phase out the OLED models. I’d suggest anyone else interested in the system to do the same. If you’re unsure, just take a look at the picture below. The LCD screen on the bottom is clearly more yellow than the original model, and there’s a weird glass screen that extends beyond the borders of the screen. Maybe this is better for those who go for longer periods between charging, but it just comes off as a cost-cutting measure for Sony.

Vita screen comparison

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