PlayStation Vita Slim Coming to North America this Spring Bundled with Borderlands 2

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The slim line PlayStation Vita model first revealed for Japanese release last year at the Tokyo Game Show has now been confirmed for North America.

Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today that the Vita slim will launch this spring for $199.99. It will be included as part of a bundle featuring an 8GB memory card and a copy of Gearbox’s portable adaptation of Borderlands 2 with six DLC packs, including Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, Psycho Character Class, Mechromancer Character Class, Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 1 and Collector’s Edition Pack.

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In terms of hardware specifics, the new Vita slim, model # PCH-2000, has been architecturally redesigned to be around 20 percent slimmer and 15 percent lighter than the current Vita. It also has rounded edges for improved comfort, as well as Wi-Fi internet connectivity, 1GB of internal memory, and optimized battery life which promises 4-6 hours of gaming, up from the original Vita’s 3-5 hours.

The one downgrade, as far as I can tell, is the swap-out of the original OLED screen for a new LCD panel. Obviously I have not seen the two displays side by side in person, but from comparison shots I’ve seen before the LCD definitely seems like a noticeable drop-off from the stunning quality of the OLED.

I think I’ll be sticking with my original Vita. I don’t necessarily feel like I need it to be any smaller or lighter than it already is any way.

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