At a press event earlier this morning Sony have announced that the PCH-2000 model PlayStation Vita “Slim” will be launching in the UK on February 7th, with a recommended retail pricing of £180. The system is available now to pre-order.
The new form-factor has been available in Japan since October, alongside the existing Vita model, and in a variety of colours – including lemon yellow, khaki, and a rather fetching hot pink. The UK launch next friday won’t be quite so cumbersome for retail however, as we’ll see all existing stock of the original Vita phased out to make room for the new model, which will also only be available in everybody’s favourite shade of Black.
PlayStation Vita PCH-2000 features a smaller form factor and 1 GB of built in memory which is perfect for all your cart based game saves; The machine’s main talking point, however, is the inclusion of an LCD display, which replaces the original’s vivid OLED screen. This change of screen helps to cut Sony’s production costs, but also, on a consumer side helps to increase battery life by an hour or so, raising the touted total to six hours of gameplay.
Also announced today was a new PlayStation Vita Mega Pack – the memory card/game bundle which we’ve seen as “Sports” and “Disney” packages in the past. The new “Indie Games” Mega Pack sees 10 of the Vita’s best selling and critically acclaimed Indie titles wrapped up nicely on a 4GB memory card, all for the bargain price of £20(SRP).
The games included are as follows:
- Alien Breed
- Thomas Was Alone
- Velocity Ultra
- Men’s Room Mayhem
- Coconut Dodge Revitalised
- Hotline Miami
- Total Recoil
- Superfrog HD
- Floating Cloud God Saves the Pilgrims in HD
Today’s announcement at £180 might mean the new Vita is a little overpriced, considering we’ve seen retailers selling the original model for around £130 recently, but that memory card bundle is hard to beat. Now really is the time to pick up a Vita – especially with PS4’s Remote Play functionality.