We all love rumors about our favorite gadgets. Yesterday an unverified rumor from website The MagicBox stated that Sony has been working on a “Version 2” (a.k.a. PCH 2000) of the Vita, with a bigger screen, more RAM, and a design closer to that of the PS4. This triggered many reactions, even on the most serious gaming websites.
The specs updates seem reasonably “legit”, and remind us of what happened with the PSP 2000 back in the days. More ram does not mean more ram would be available for games (which would break backwards compatibility), but instead it could be leveraged for caching (increasing the overall loading speed, etc… of games) or to have more efficient multi-tasking on the device. The “bigger” screen would be bigger in size, but not in resolution, although to be honest, at this point if the Vita gets any bigger I don’t know who would still dare call it a “portable” device, so this one’s fishy.
But even though all of this seems somewhat realistic, and it would not be surprising to see such a redesign announcement from Sony anytime soon (given their history with the psp, the ps2, and the ps3), the “source” of the piece of information is the problem here. Mentioned to be the “Tokyo Keizai” newspaper, the source simply does not exist, as pointed out by Mamosuke and many other people here in Japan. Confusion with the nihon keizai? A quick search on the nikkei does not surface any serious news about the Vita recently, so this is doubtful…
So, although the rumor feels like a reasonable possibility, the dubious source makes it quite unlikely. (Note: in the meantime, TheMagicBox have marked the rumor as “removed” since this could not be confirmed)