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TGS 2013: There’s a new Vita model

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japan new vita modelHey everyone, I learned a funny thing about incredibly early, TGS 2013 press conferences today. When they’re so, incredibly early in the morning, it’s super easy to sleep through your alarm and miss them. Don’t worry, GamerTell’s going over Sony’s TGS 2013 press conferences right now, and I think it’s about time to cover the new Vita model. Yes, there’s a whole new Vita. Think of it as an improvement on the Wi-Fi Vita available now.

I guess Sony decided the Wi-Fi Vitas are the only ones people want, because the new Vita model is based off of it. It’s the same general size as a current Vita, but also 15% lighter and 20% thinner. The battery life is better, and expected to last an hour longer, and it even has 1GB of memory built into it. The new model also has USB Micro-B connectivity. Even the price is better, as it will start off at 18,900 yen (~$190).

The new Vita model is even more fashionable, as it will be available six different color schemes at launch. In addition to the basic black and white models that we’ve come to know and love, there will be two tone models. For example, you can get a green and white, pink and black, khaki and black or blue and white model.

Still, despite all of these improvements, the new Vita has one major downside. Remember that incredible, OLED screen? The one people drool over, as it displays those gorgeous games? The new Vita doesn’t have that. It has a LCD HD display instead. Which means the original Vita models are probably still going to be in demand.

So far, the new Vita model has only been announced for Japan, and will show up there on October 10, 2013. I’m sure it will get a worldwide release, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it here in time for Black Friday 2013.

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