The newer, slimmer PlayStation Vita model is coming to the United States. Sony announced today that the PCH-2000 version of the handheld will be released this spring along with the Vita version of Borderlands 2.
"The new PS Vita Wi-Fi model is approximately 20-percent slimmer and 15-percent lighter than the original version, with rounded edges to fit comfortably in your hands," Sony's John Koller said on the PlayStation.Blog. "The new model comes with 1GB of internal memory built into the system, and its 5-inch front touchscreen has a new high-definition liquid crystal display (LCD), giving you a high quality image that provides the same deep, immersive gaming experience that’s at the core of the PS Vita system."
The PCH-2000 also features an improved battery. Koller says that the handheld offers 4-6 hours of gameplay before it needs a recharge, as opposed to 3-5 with other models. It can play videos for up to 7 hours instead of 5.
Borderlands 2's Vita version allows players to quickly access their map and items with the rear and front touchscreens. It also supports four-player co-op and cross-save compatibility with the PS3 version. The game ships with six DLC packs: Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, the Psycho and Mechromancer Class Packs, Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 1 and the Collector’s Edition Pack.
The Borderlands 2 Vita bundle is priced at $199.99, the current price for buying the device by itself. The package also comes with an 8GB memory card.
The slim Vita's launch will come two years after the handheld first debuted. These years haven't gone as well as Sony hoped but maybe the next two will go better. As Koller notes, the PS Vita provides Remote Play for the PS4 as well as other second-screen functions. The upcoming PlayStation Now service will allow gamers to stream PS3 titles to the device. Several high-profiles titles are being ported to the Vita as well, including Minecraft and The Walking Dead Season 2.