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Sony Announces That Vita-2000 Is Coming Stateside

I guess the cool colors couldn't get through customs though.
Author: Aram Lecis
Published: February 10, 2014
If you hadn't heard yet, Sony has been producing and selling an updated version of the Vita in Japan and Europe for a while now. Featuring a new slimmer design, an LCD screen in place of the OLED screen and a built in 1GB of memory the new design costs a bit less to produce and comes with a MSRP of $199.99. You know what's even cooler? There's a launch bundle with Borderlands 2 and all DLC packed in alongside an 8GB memory card. Holy cow!

Unfortunately it's only going to be available in black on black at launch, so those hoping we'd see those white/lime green or black/khaki models here any time soon might be disappointed. That doesn't mean they won't be out eventually.

"PlayStation Vita is poised for a strong year, and introducing the new model is just the start." said John Koller, vice president of platforms marketing, SCEA. "With an array of great games like MLB 14 The Show and The Walking Dead Season Two adding to PS Vita's huge catalog of games, as well as our strong indie lineup and the ability to play PS4 games through Remote Play, now is the perfect time to be a PS Vita owner. In addition, PlayStation Now will expand the gaming library further by allowing PlayStation 3 titles to be streamed to PS Vita when the service launches later this year."

While it's true that in real-world conditions most users won't be able to tell the difference between screens we can't help but be wary of the loss of the crispness in the display going away from the OLED. It should also be noted that the onboard memory CAN'T be used in conjunction with a memory card so it's only useful for storing saves if you plan on using all physical media. However, the changes to the design are purported to add upwards of an hour to the battery life per charge.

Just in case you were worried that there isn't enough support for the Vita, Sony also announced that over 100 games are slated to hit the system this year, with titles ranging across all genres. The Vita has developed a reputation as an indie darling and that looks to continue with a whole host of well-known IP's slated to hit this year as well.

It's always been a great time to be a Vita owner and it's looking like it's only going to get better.