Monday, September 9, 2013

Sony unveils PS Vita 2000, Vita TV

The Vita has been getting a lot of flack for being a forgotten handheld with nothing but ports, but weren't the same criticisms directed at the PSP? The PSP was a slow burn, but looking back on its library now, there are loads of games worth playing, particularly if you're a fan of RPGs.

Sony's recent announcements indicate the Vita is far from dead. A slimmer 2000 model should come as no surprise, but nobody expected the Vita TV, a bare-bones Vita that turns a handheld experience into a couch-based one. The Vita TV will allow gamers to play Vita games on a TV with a PS3 controller. PSP and Playstation games are also available for download, effectively combining three consoles into one affordable piece of hardware. It'll also stream your PS4 games from another room. It looks like touch-base games aren't supported, so there's still a reason to own an actual Vita. Here's a list of currently supported games. The Vita TV is set to hit Japan in November for 9,954 Yen or around $100.
The 2000 model Vita is 20 percent thinner than the original, and 15 percent lighter. It will retail for $190/$200 for the WiFi/WiFi 3GS versions. It will also have 1gb of onboard storage and an extra hour of battery life.

With the announcement of Nintendo's 2DS and now the Vita TV, this truly is a generation full of surprises.


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