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Slimmer console has improved battery life

Sony has announced a new bundle that will include the new “slim” PlayStation Vita and Borderlands 2. Sony hasn’t given an exact launch date for the new bundle, but did say that it will be available in the U.S. this spring.
The bundle will include the new PCH-2000 series PS Vita, the Borderlands 2 video game, six DLC packs for the game, and an 8GB PS Vita memory card for game storage. The bundle pack will sell for $199.99.

The PS Vita included in the bundle is 20% thinner and 15% lighter than the original. The slim PS Vita also comes with 1GB of internal storage and a 5-inch touchscreen. 
The slimmer portable device promises 4-6 hours of game play per battery charge compared to 3-5 hours with the original. The new console is also good for up to 7 hours of video playback per charge, up from five hours with the current console.

Borderlands 2 on the PS Vita will use the front touchscreen and the rear touchpad. The six DLC packs included in the bundle are Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, Psycho Character Class, Mechromancer Character Class, Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 1, and the Collector’s Edition Pack.

Source: Sony

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Looks good
By TheDoc9 on 2/11/2014 10:00:56 AM , Rating: 2
I hope they brings the games. The vita is sucha great piece of hardware but doesn't get much development.

RE: Looks good
By thermopyle2 on 2/11/14, Rating: 0
RE: Looks good
By thermopyle2 on 2/11/2014 11:04:37 AM , Rating: 1
Oh, sources:

For the numbers I sorted by the NA column for Vita and 3DS, and only counted games released within the 2-year window after the system release. For PSP there's not a region-specific date column so I had to manually scan through that column. Due to this there may be slightly fewer than 253 games in the case that I accidentally forgot to exclude a few games without the NA value.

RE: Looks good
By TheDoc9 on 2/11/2014 3:24:24 PM , Rating: 2
I think most of these are older re-releases. I think they should definitely continue this too though.

RE: Looks good
By Arsynic on 2/11/2014 12:35:00 PM , Rating: 2
Vita is a niche piece of hardware. There isn't much of a market for portable console games in this era of smartphones and tablets.

RE: Looks good
By nikon133 on 2/11/2014 3:18:35 PM , Rating: 2
I'd say requirement for AA games on portable device is niche itself, but for those that do want, smartphones are not alternative - not until you get standardised hardware controls and, of course, AA games themselves. Borderlands 2 being one of them.

Tablets are mostly too big to complete in the same category, though same limitation apply to them - not many (if any) AA titles, no standard controller layout.

RE: Looks good
By ShaolinSoccer on 2/11/2014 3:27:38 PM , Rating: 2
There isn't much of a market for portable console games in this era of smartphones and tablets.

And that's why Sony needs to make a new Xperia Play with Vita hardware in it. It also needs to be used on any carrier. If they were to pull that off, they would become bigger than Apple.

RE: Looks good
By donu7 on 2/12/2014 4:57:00 PM , Rating: 1
I have to disagree, portable gaming is at the highest point it's ever been and currently, the 3DS alone outsold the Xbox One AND the PS4. There's a colossal market for portable gaming; however, portable games and consoles are always getting shafted compared to console games. Look at the Assassin's Creed series, AC 1 and 2 came out and were phenomenal games. They released a PSP version that was utter shit to play. Compared that with the Final Fantasy Dissidia games on PSP where the game was polished and is (IMO) the best game to come out onto the PSP.

The Vita's release a disaster because all of the games released at launch were also trash projects because the developers produced some seriously shitty and buggy games. Where are the "pokemon", "megaman battle network", and "monster hunter" games on the Vita? Monster Hunter even made the jump to the DS for crying out loud. Developers and publishers need to take a real look at the community and realize that portable gaming is going to continue growing now that gamers are being accepted by society at large and there's a huge market for portable gaming; however, putting a game on a portable console does not mean it should be shitty, buggy and incomplete.

RE: Looks good
By inperfectdarkness on 2/14/2014 3:59:40 AM , Rating: 2
This. Nintendo gets it. Portable games for a portable system; not console wannabee games. Long Live Nintendo!

Better battery life, worse screen
By Anonymous Blowhard on 2/11/2014 11:42:43 AM , Rating: 2
No mention at all of the fact that the "Vita Slim" ditches the original unit's beautiful OLED screen for a yellow-tinted LCD? For shame.

RE: Better battery life, worse screen
By amanojaku on 2/11/2014 1:08:51 PM , Rating: 2
Battery life is the reason for the switch from OLED to LCD. OLED uses less power than LCD when there are a lot of dark scenes because of the lack of a backlight. OLED uses up to 3x the power for bright scenes, however. Most games are bright, so it makes sense to switch to LCD. I have no idea about the "yellow tint" since the device was just released.

By thermopyle2 on 2/11/2014 4:49:12 PM , Rating: 2
It was released months ago in Japan, and plenty of people have posted images from them in Japan in addition to the people who have imported the new version.

Borderlands 2? Sweet!
By Wolfpup on 2/11/2014 10:10:05 AM , Rating: 2
I've already got a Vita, but that's awesome Borderlands 2 is coming to Vita! I had no idea. Must buy for me :-D

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