While NVIDIA, Wikipad, and Archos are convinced that the future of handheld gaming involves Android-based devices — and Sony even offers some PlayStation titles for Android devices, Sony isn’t ready to give up on its PlayStation Vita handheld game consoles just yet.

The company’s latest model is 20 percent thinner, 15 percent lighter, and gets an hour more battery life than its predecessor.

Sony PlayStation Vita

All told, the new PlayStation Vita measures 0.59 inches thick, weighs 7.7 ounces, and offers up to 6 hours of battery life.

The device features a 5 inch, 960 x 544 pixel LCD display, an ARM Cortext-A9 quad-core processor, and WiFi capabilities. It’s expected to launch in Japan in October for about $200 and will be available in a range of colors including white, black, pink, blue, yellow, and olive green.

There’s no word on an international launch date or price.

via Kotaku and The Verge

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11 replies on “Sony’s new PlayStation Vita is thinner, lighter and offers longer battery life”

  1. So the original Vita is now $199 in the US. This new hardware revision is released for $199 in Japan. If they release it for the same price in the US, why would people choose the non-OLED version?

  2. yuk, java/android for gaming stuff. Be nice if an upcoming version of android would allow non interpreted low level access to essentially make the system more predictable eliminating things like GC stalls, etc. Oh well.

  3. I have a Gen 2 PSP, and it’s a great device but I just don’t see any reason to desire a Vita with Android as far along as it is now. Vita was a contender but IMHO it lost the battle. Sony should release this device as a fully capable Android handheld that somehow retained original PSP compatibility. If they did that, I’d give them money.

      1. I don’t believe I said that they did, I implied that they should.

  4. I won’t debate the need for something like this when most carry a smartphone these days, but “5 inch, 960 x 544” display? Really? Mid-tier cell phones have better displays.

    1. The screen is fine, at 5″ that resolution still equates to a decent 220 PPI and the screen brightness and color saturation is good… just hold it further than 16″ from your face and you won’t be able to distinguish any pixels…

    2. This isn’t meant to be a smartphone. This is meant to be a video game console, so long battery life is valued more than higher resolution (it should be in some cases on phones, but that’s beside the point). The console does have a decent pixel density (even if it’s not terribly high), which should be more than adequate for its main purpose: gaming.

    3. Console games are always better than those dumbed-down smartphone games anytime of the day. It’s quite obvious that you haven’t tried to play a PS Vita game.

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