New PS Vita Model Announced, Ditches OLED for LCD

by Mike Bendel September 9, 2013 @ 12:09 am

During its annual SCE Japan Press Conference, SCEJ announced that a revised PS Vita model will be arriving in Japan on October 10 with all-new color types. Packing 1GB internal storage, it’s 20 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than the original model. Additionally, it sports a standard Micro USB type B connector. An extra hour of battery life is also promised.

The reduction in size and the extra battery life comes with one caveat: this model ditches OLED for a standard LCD screen, one of the Vita’s main attractions hardware-wise. This is likely a cost-cutting measure, as Sony recently reduced the MSRP of Vita and is aiming to turn more of a profit.

The main perks of OLED are inky blacks and fast response times. If you value that, it’d probably be a wise idea to pick up a PS Vita now before the existing model is eventually phased out.

A release date for this new revision has yet to be announced for North America. As it is replacing the current line in Japan, there’s little doubt that it will arrive stateside soon.