Two shiny pieces of tech were announced today by Sony: a slimmer, lighter version of their Vita handheld, and a new Vita TV device.
First, the new Vita:
It’s 20% thinner and 15% lighter with a new battery that adds an hour to gameplay time, pushing it up to almost-good-enough-for-a-flight six hours. It also comes in some jaunty colour schemes that include yellow, pink, white, and blue. However – and, unfortunately, this could be a big but – the original model’s incredibly impressive OLED screen has been replaced with a standard LED option. This may turn out to be a minor issue, as the iPhone’s Retina screen is LED and hardly leaves users wanting, but it’s a clear step down from the clarity of OLED so the proof will be in the ton of side-to-side comparisons that will flood out as soon as it’s released.
The second announcement is a bit more of a surprise – Vita TV:
It’s a tiny device that plugs into a TV and not only enables you to use streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix but will also allow you to play Vita games on the big screen via its card slot. However, not all games are supported at launch, but it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine most titles will get patched in at some point. Also, it’ll apparently allow you to play PS4 games remotely, adding some options to your home gaming setup.
Release prices have only been released in Yen at this point, but it shouldn’t be too long before a Western release is confirmed. I quite fancy the Vita TV myself as I have my eyes out for a good Vita deal (and would prefer the OLED screen) and it would complement it nicely.