The new PS Vita colors include yellow, pink, white, gray, lime green and and light blue and will be 20 percent lighter and 15 percent thinner. Sony is also throwing in a 1 GB of built-in memory for the handheld but is exchanging the OLED screen for a LCD one instead. However, the battery life is being extended by one hour for a total of six hours as a result.
Other changes with the PS Vita include swapping out the proprietary cable for a traditional micro-USB cable as well as completely dropping 3G support and going WiFi only.
The PS Vita 2000, for lack of a better name, will be launched for Japan on Oct. 10, 2013. There are no details for a North American or European release yet but it's clear that this new handheld is cheaper to manufacturer. It will arrive in the west at some point but maybe not with all the different colors.
Sony also announced cheaper PS Vita memory card prices along with a new 64 GB card which is twice the size of the current largest memory card, 32 GB. It's currently unclear if these price changes are the same as the price drop for memory cards announced at Gamescom in Europe last month or if this is a different price cut.
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