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PS Vita slim model out now

You can get your hands on the new PS Vita model today.
You can get your hands on the new PS Vita model today.
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The newest Playstation Vita model is out today. Consumers can now purchase a lighter, slimmer version of Sony's handheld system. According to a post on the Playstation Blog, the new version is about 20 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than the original model. The handheld systems also sports a new HD LCD screen, extended battery life, and one GB of internal memory.

Justin Massongill of the Playstation Blog echoes the list of improvements, adding that the "Start, Select, Power, and PS buttons have been raised slightly, making them easier to press." The system also has a more rounded shape, as well as slightly larger grips on the back. These improvements lead to a more comfortable form factor, and prevent users from accidentally engaging the rear touch pad, respectively.

Beyond the slimmer system's release, today marks the launch of Borderlands 2 and the God of War Collection on the platform. May will also see the release of Soul Sacrifice Delta and the Sly Cooper Collection. These join the Vita's summer lineup of myriad indie and commercial game releases.

For non-Vita owners looking to break into the market, this may mark their best opportunity to pick up the system and a few of its stronger titles.