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Slim PS Vita system coming to North America this spring
Slim PS Vita system coming to North America this spring
February 10, 2014 | By Christian Nutt

February 10, 2014 | By Christian Nutt
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Newsbrief: Today, Sony announced the North American release of its slim Vita system in a bundle with Gearbox's Borderlands 2. The package will go for for $199.99 in the U.S. with the game and an 8GB memory card this spring.

The slimmer Vita, which is thinner and lighter than the original model and switches out its high-quality OLED screen for a new LCD, was announced last year in Japan and recently launched in Europe. The port of Borderlands 2 was announced at Sony's E3 press conference, and Sony will be publishing it.

This is good news for the Vita, as North America was the only territory that lacked the cheaper/slimmer option. It's become a popular system for independent developers in recent times -- and greater consumer accessibility for the device will only shore that up.


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SD Marlow
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I suspect that a $150 model won't be out until late in the holiday season, but with some color choices and 16GB memory card, $200 is still a great deal. I hope they also release a Vita Play (they call it Vita TV but I ignore that part) that looks like a mini PS4, also in black, and can be used as a Vita dev kit.

Christian Nutt
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There are no color choices -- just black for this package, anyway.

Jack Everitt
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How can anything Vita be a great deal? A 32GB memory card goes for $20, or, a Vita one, for $85. Why buy into any system that so gouges their customers?

Bruce Tran
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I think you meant 32 *GB*

i wouldn't pay $20 for a 32 MB

Jack Everitt
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Corrected. Thanks!

Joe Zachery
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Sony just release the Vita Tv here people don't want your handheld with the current game lineup.

Kujel s
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I'm not so sure many people actually want a vita TV either.

Jarod Smiley
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I disagree, Vita has one of the best lineups ever especially if you don't game on PC. It's indy heaven...

But yeah, they do need more AAA titles for the platform. Losing Monster Hunter was a huge deal for Japan. Being outdone with kids with smartphones/tablets was a huge loss for U.S/Europe. I'm not sure where Vita really fits in without must-have exclusive experiences, I did think it would be the first portable to offer a good FPS experience on the go, but Activision seems to have all but abandoned the platform with COD spin-offs.

Still disagree no one wants it over here though. Very loyal niche audience Vita has based on my small circle evidence at least.

Christian Nutt
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It's not even that the system needs "AAA" games, it just needs original games that cater to its strengths and its (actual) audience.

I'm playing Danganronpa right now on my Vita and loving it, and it looks great on that screen. It's actually a PSP port (lol) but since that version never came West, hooray, Vita game!

It needs games like this, that appeal to the people who actually buy portable consoles these days, or it needs games that cater to a portable console play-style.

Another huge loss for the system IMO is not getting more Final Fantasy stuff. Crisis Core was a huge game for the PSP, and there's nothing like that for Vita. X/X-2 is coming, but it's a port, and also on PS3.

And yeah, I've been mentioning Japanese games, but targeted Western games would do well too. I actually think Borderlands is a fairly good fit.

Also of course is what a big "if" that is ("if you don't game on PC") because the second you take that "if" away a lot of the Vita's appeal collapses.

That said, it is coming into its own with a handful of quite good exclusive games by now, and a lot of great ports.

Bruce Tran
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I'm looking forward to the Vita SLIM.

but not for this bundle at this price.. especially with a game i already have (borderlands 2 is free for PS+ members as well)

i'm sure it's probably $150 this black Friday

probably need a 16GB at least.. they have 64GB let it's not here yet..


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