Sony Computer Entertainment Australia confirms the new PlayStation Vita Wi-Fi model will be launching in Australia this coming June.
The new PS Vita Wi-Fi model will replace the existing PCH-1000 series, with a more streamlined design and an in-built 1GB internal memory. It’ll be released on June 4th, 2014, and is set to sell for AUD $269.95.
By completely redesigning the internal architecture, the new PS Vita system is approximately 20-percent slimmer and 15-percent lighter than the original version, making the entertainment system even easier to carry.
In addition, a high-definition liquid crystal display (LCD) has been newly adapted for the 5-inch front display which is one of the PS Vita’s greatest features. Thanks to the rapid progress of LCD technology in recent years, the new display provides users with the highest-level image quality that is at the core of PS Vita enabling a deep and immersive gaming experience.
There has never been a better time to purchase a PS Vita as most games available on the recently released PlayStation 4 (PS4) are accessible on PS Vita through Remote Play. With Online Multi-Play, users can also connect with friends and enjoy all of the social gaming experiences they know and love through PSN.
Enhancements and changes to the new model PS Vita are outlined below:
- The rounded shape fits comfortably into the hands
The new streamlined PS Vita system features an enhanced, ergonomically rounded shape. Coupled with the trimmed-down body, users will be able to enjoy gameplay more comfortably. In addition, the PS button / START button / SELECT button has been modified to around and convex shape, allowing users to push more easily.
- Improved usability
Incorporating a 1GB internal memory card, PS Vita enables users to enjoy games without purchasing a separate PS Vita memory card or any added peripherals*1. Additionally, the new PS Vita system features a power indicator and notification indicator at the top of the system which will provide users with information, such as power status or incoming messages. Furthermore, the new PS Vita system incorporates a micro USB port enabling users to utilize their own USB cable, such as those used for smartphones, for charging or backing up data*2.
- Longer battery life
The redesigned internal architecture of the new PS Vita system also contributed to a stronger battery duration, enabling it to achieve approximately 4 to 6 hours of gameplay (the current model is approximately 3 to 5 hours) and approximately 7 hours of video play (current model is approximately 5 hours).*1 Some titles or features may require using a memory card that is sold separately. Internal memory card and PS Vita memory card cannot be used together
*2 Some USB cables may malfunction and all cables are not guaranteed.
There is no Wi-Fi/3G option with the revised PS Vita and at the moment, you’ll only be able to get the PS Vita in the one black color scheme. It’s also worth noting that the previous model employed an LED display which has now been replaced with an LCD screen instead.