The model is 20 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than the original, with a 5" LED display replacing the OLED screen; the system’s battery life has been increased by an hour and 1GB of internal storage has been added, as well. To top it off, the new model will be made available in six colors: White, black, blue, yellow, olive green and pink, for 18,980 Yen ($190).
Alongside this announcement, Sony revealed a brand-new 64GB memory card for the PS Vita, making it the largest of the Vita memory card family - the second being 32GB. The 64GB card will go for 9,980 Yen (roughly $100).
Both the new Vita and memory card are slated to release on October 10, in Japan. No word yet as to whether or not the rest of the world will get their hands on either of these items, though a Sony representative told IGN that they are “considering every option,” so it’s still up in the air.
It’s worth noting that Japan received a Vita price drop over six months before it was made available to the West, so the chances of the new Vita and memory card arriving overseas are far from slim.
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