Game Theory: New PS Vita is Slim and Trim, But is it Worth the Upgrade?


The PlayStation Vita has shed a few winter pounds in preparation for the
warmer weather months with the release of the Vita 2000 model, or PS Vita Slim for

Lighter than its original build, which entered the handheld gaming world in
2012, the Vita Slim boasts the same bells and whistles as its predecessor but with
a few tweaks to sway hardcore gamers who never owned the original Vita mold to
break their piggybank in copping.

Firstly, if you do own the PS Vita, there is no real reason to buy the Vita Slim,
let alone drop $199 on the Vita Slim Bundle—which is complete with the system, an
8GB memory card and the digital code for the first person shooter, “Borderlands 2″—
that hit stores yesterday. Moreover, the Slim sports a LCD touchscreen instead of the
OLED from the first iteration, which means a longer battery life by about an hour
despite sacrificing the vivid display seen in the old model in the process.

The Slim is now built with 1GB of internal storage whereas the older version was created with
none. Instead of a proprietary charging cable to juice up the old Vita, the newer
version has only a Micro-USB port, which will be one less cord for you to carry when
on the go (and besides, in 2K14, what device doesn’t require a Micro-USB charger?).

But the real draw for new buyers is the Remote Play function. If you have a PS4, this
feature allows the streaming of games from the Vita’s big console brother to the
handheld device. Granted, you won’t have the luxury of the 1080P HD flourish on
the Vita Slim, but it is a dope way to take, say, your competitive game of “MLB 14: The
Show” with you if you need to leave the living room. Also, with Sony’s PlayStation
Plus service, gamers are given a slew of titles going as far back to the PS One and
PS2 days available to reminisce and play for only $50 for the year.

But again, if you already have the first PS Vita, you’ve experienced all of these
features and then some. The performance has not waned but with a svelte look, the
handle on the Vita Slim has a slightly better feel than the original. With Sony phasing
out the original Vita, this upgrade is the company’s strategy of breathing new “life”
in an already impressive portable gaming device.—Sean A. Malcolm

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