By Paul Iuzzolino 09/09/13
The PlayStation Vita is getting a makeover in Japan; during a press conference today, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia announced that a new version of the Vita that contains all the capabilities of the previous model is currently being developed. This new hand-held is also twenty percent thinner and fifteen percent lighter. This new PS Vita 2000 Wi-Fi model is planned to hit store shelves in Japan on October 10, and will cost 18,980 yen (roughly $190 US dollars). This new model will come in six vibrant colors: white, blue, yellow, pink, gray, and black. Sony has replaced the previous OLED screen for a 5-inch LCD display. The battery life has also been extended by one hour, giving a total of six hours of battery life. 1GB of memory has been added to the on board memory, which was not available in the previous model. A new memory card has been announced as well; now people will be able to purchase a 64GB memory card. Sony has not announced yet how much this will cost, but it possible it will be costly. According to Sony, people in Japan can now pre order the hand held system; nothing has been said yet about whether or not the system will come overseas. By cutting the price of the current Vita system by $50, Sony hopes to be more competitive against the Nintendo 3DS, which is taking over the markets both in Japan and the U.S.