Slim, slimmer, the slimmest – Will the PS Vita Slim launch in Europe and North America soon?

The PS Vita Slim (PCH-2000)

Some of you have already seen that there is a second hardware model of the PS Vita, the PS Vita Slim, or PS Vita 2000. It has a different display, a slightly changed design and another few additional changes.

The PS Vita 2000, like the PS Vita TV, is currently just available in the Asian regions of the world, and is not yet available in Europe or north America, but this could change very soon!

Our friends over at IGN got an invitation from sony, which reads that we can expect a new introduction to the slimmest.

Since the PS4 is brand new, and we already had 2 revisions of a slimmer PS3, we can most likely expect it to be the Playstation Vita Slim, which has yet to be released outside of the asian parts of the world. It could also be the PS Vita TV, but that is pretty unlikely, especially after that obvious slim phrase.

Picture originally by IGN

We will know more about this mysterious note in a few days, but currently we just can speculate what Sony is up to. It can be the PS Vita Slim, it can be a very early PS4 Slim or even a PS3 Super (Ultra) Slim… Let’s hope it is not the latter, we don’t need yet another PS3 hardware revision…

A PS Vita Slim running a revision of the TN eCFW - A CTF theme is currently applied

While we are waiting for the official announcement, keep in mind that the PS Vita Slim, even though it features a few new things in comparision with the original (fat) PS Vita, it is still able to run the Vita Half Byte Loader and the emulator Custom Firmwares for the PS Vita (Currently only the TN eCFW, since the ARK eCFW has yet to be updated to FW 2.50+, the initial firmware of the PS Vita Slim).

If you want to grab a PS Vita Slim, be sure to follow the tutorials of the great minds of the wololo forums, like the (selected/manual) updating of a PS Vita, this would be my research, the PS3 + OpenCMA trick and of course all of the great work of the developers of the PS Vita Half Byte Loader and Total_Noob for his great work in the PSP and PS Vita scene.
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  1. L2SSnake’s avatar

    Slim is ok, but i like fist ps vita OLED screen is much better then LCD, i like more vivid colors, but 1-2 hour less battery, It will be fun to hold it and compare


  2. salsacumbiambero’s avatar

    Difference between?


  3. Dark GOD’s avatar

    Yes I believe it will.
    And it will replace the OLED model.
    I know it may seem like a downgrade in hardware.

    But in order for SONY to compete with Nintendo they have no choice.

    Would be cool if the 1st gen and the new 2nd GEN screens were compatible on both models of motherboards.
    If they were I would buy a 2k Vita just and swap out the screens.

    Then the 2k Vita would be OLED and perfect.
    BUT.. Unfortunately I highly doubt that will be possible.
    NONE of the PSP screens can be used on any other model then the model intended for.

    Pity.. would be cool.


  4. VitaMeansLife’s avatar

    Here is an in-depth comparison of the OLED and 2000 models:

    It’s in Japanese, but the pictures tell the story. It’s no contest. The OLED’s screen is far superior.


    1. L2SSnake’s avatar

      Yeah i agree, OLED is perfect. And care less bout 1-2h longer battery


  5. Hazer’s avatar

    The main reason we don’t want this is because we just bought a PS vita maybe even two. And we can’t just buy another. But we might get jealous of seeing someone else less deserving holding the upgraded PS Vita and eventually buy it. That’s how the console industry works and trust me they always make it work.



  6. kaluas’s avatar

    I don’t care much about the battery time either .. Maybe cause i bought a PsVita power bank .. I just think that the OLED screen of the first Vita was the most beatiful screen ever to be installed in a mobile console …

    I really look forward to another PsVita system that comes with the OLED screen .. The 3000 maybe …


  7. Thrawn’s avatar

    It could also be a ps3 without BD-drive, meaning it is only for the available psn content.
    If sony scratches the BD drive away, then the ps3 can become as small as the ps2 slim.
    And we all know that sony is capable of doing such a thing, (I’m looking @ you psp go).


  8. warfaren’s avatar

    This Vita Slim is just lame… It’s not really better in any way (well, battery time).
    I don’t see what they were thinking! OLED allows for slimmer design than LCD anyway since OLED doesn’t require backlight while LCD does, so obviously LCD is gonna be thicker with a backlight behind it… Also afaik OLED screens consume less power since the black parts of the screen are completely turned off, this I don’t know for sure though… Maybe it consumes more power anyway somehow.

    Anyway I know Sony switched to cut costs but that’s ridiculous… The PSVita is already cheap enough as it is! The fat Vita costs about the same everywhere now that I paid my PSP-2000 on a sale, when it was 2 years old. The fat Vita is 2 year old now and the 2000 was just a new revision of a then 4 year old console. And I remember being really happy with the low price I paid for the 2000…

    Really, the hardware of the Vita is on par with several of the better Android phones that cost at least twice as much, and the Vita has proper physical buttons, back touchpad, analog sticks on top of that.

    I just don’t see why they need to cut costs so bad… Obviously they’re trying to make a bigger profit by having lower manufacturing costs but no lower retail price. Well, since they don’t have very many games for it they wont sell many consoles.

    What we need is more games, not a new dumbed down hardware revision!


    1. Antichrist84’s avatar

      Agree 100% with your last sentence.

      I think Sony is losing tons of money on the Vita hence the cheaper screen but keeping the same retail price, trying to grab as much money off the Vita before it fully dies (hopefully it doesn’t)


  9. Nonlin’s avatar

    I’m wondering if I should return my newly bought Vita to get a slim or if its not really worth it?

    The new start/select button, improve battery life and potential longer lasting LED screen do sound appealing. But the thought of losing OLED, the accessory port (which may or may not end up useless) or even the Vita for a day is what makes it hard to take it back.


  10. hene193’s avatar

    PS2 Super Slim? :D


  11. gunblade’s avatar

    If it’s not to heavy then a slim vita be cool


  12. David’s avatar

    Okay, it seems to be official now, right? The launch will start in Great Britain on the 7th February.



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