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Up Close with the New PS Vita Slim

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Sony is making a new PS Vita. It's lighter and slimmer. You've seen the promotional images, sure. But what's it actually like? Gamers in Japan give their opinions.

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Sony rolled out kiosks for the slim PS Vita in Japan so gamers can get a hands-on with the revamped machine. As previously mentioned, the new Vita is twenty percent thinner and fifteen percent lighter. It is also outfitted with a 5-inch LCD screen, which replaces the OLED display in the current model.

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Twitter user @HIKALUKE, who got his hands on the new Vita, remarked that it was thinner than imagined, adding that the reverse side uses a smooth silicone rubber style grip that feels nice. Another Twitter user, @Yottra, said that, of course, dark areas on the screen seem to look better on the current OLED screen.

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However, that doesn't mean the new LCD looks bad—it doesn't mean that in the least. @Yottra said the new PS Vita has a "very fine LCD panel," adding that the new Vita "certainly is thin!" It certainly is.

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Twitter user @rorikonnane also said that the new Vita is "considerably light."

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Photos: @Satoru_00q. @Yottra, @HIKALUKE, @Watch_Akiba, Seiyu Fan, @rorikonnane

To contact the author of this post, write to bashcraftATkotaku.com or find him on Twitter @Brian_Ashcraft.

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DISCUSSION

robotsanic
robotsanic

I like the OLED screen better. I'm definitely buying the original. Plus, the heftiness just feels great with a gaming handheld, at least for me. Anyone else preferred the PSP1000 over the others?