Slimmer, lighter PlayStation Vita redesign coming to the UK

The Vita PCH-2000’s Japanese unveiling.

Early this morning, Sony announced that the redesigned PCH-2000 version of its PlayStation Vita portable would be coming to the United Kingdom on February 7 for £180 ($297), after launching in Japan last October.

The new version of the system, which eliminates the 3G option available on the original Vita, is about 20 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than its predecessor, with more rounded edges, recessed buttons, and thumbsticks. The new model also includes 1GB of internal storage and replaces the high-end OLED screen on the first Vita with an LCD screen, contributing to an increased battery life of about an hour on a single charge.

That screen change has caused some Japanese importers to consider the PCH-2000 less than a full upgrade from the bulkier original Vita, but Sony is seeking to downplay the importance of the new display. “When we introduced Vita with the OLED screen, that was considered—and it was—the pinnacle of screen technology,” Sony UK Managing Director Fergal Gara told news site VG247. “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. Whilst some think there’s a subtle difference between the two, we think it’s relatively imperceptible.”

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