Sony announces PS Vita Slim and PS Vita TV
Sony has announced a couple of new Vita devices, and one aims to bring the portable to the big screen...
You'd think Sony would be a little too busy with the imminent arrival of the PS4 to worry about other new devices, but no, today the company has announced not one, but two new gaming units, both centred around the PS Vita.
First up is the new PlayStation Vita Slim. As the name suggests, this is a new, compact version of the PS Vita, being 20 per cent thinner than the vanilla unit, and 15 per cent lighter. This has been achieved partly by removing the OLED screen.
Alongside the smaller size and weight is the inclusion of 1GB of onboard memory and an improved battery life. The unit will also be available in a range of colours, including black, blue, grey, pink and yellow.
The PS Vita Slim will be released in Japan on October 10, and is set to cost around ¥18,980, which roughly converts to around £120.
Next up is a far more surprising announcement, which has come out of the blue. Sony has revealed the PS Vita TV. This will be a compact (10x6cm) games console that'll allow gamers to play both PS Vita ad PSP titles on a TV. Control is handled by a standard DualShock 3, and as well as games, the Vita TV will also support streaming video services. It'll also allow remote play with the PS4. You can see more in the concept video below.
The PS Vita TV will launch in Japan on November 14 for ¥9,480, which is equivalent to the bargain price of around £60. A special bundle will also be released containing the unit, 8GB memory card and DualShock 3 for t ¥14,280. That's around £90.
This news came alongside the confirmed Japanese release date for the PS4, which is set to arrive in the east on February 22 2014, costing around ¥39,980 (around £250, give or take).
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