As you might’ve heard, the PSVita is on its way out and this is felt by the lack of new titles and the fact that it’s barely in any Black Friday catalogues, that coupled with the fact that Black Friday and the Christmas season is around the corner makes it the ideal time to get a bargain on a brand new PSVita. Whether it’s as a replacement to your ageing PSP or a craving for a new device for the Christmas season, it’s never been a better time to get yourself or someone else a PSVita and that’s because of HENkaku (which is a hack that allows you to run homebrew and much more on the PSVita) and the recently released Adrenaline which allows users to play almost all PSP games directly on their PSVita (similar to the older PSVita hacks if you were around back then).
A question that many people ask about the PSVita is which model to get and this eternal question will be answered in quite a bit of detail in this article.
Excluding the PSTV/Vita TV, there are 2 main models of the PS Vita and these are the:
Vita 1000 (k/a Phat, 1k)
Vita 2000 (k/a Slim, 2k)
Internal Specification-wise, they’re more or less the same but there are some differences that might make you more inclined to get one over the other and the differences are going to be discussed here.
The PSVita 1000 is the original version of the PSVita, released in late 2011 in Japan and in early 2012 in Europe/NA. The Vita 2000 was released in late 2013. The main differences between the two are the following:
Heavier and more sturdy build on the Vita 1000( 260g vs 219g for the Wi-Fi Model)
Some Vita 1000 models (110x) have 3G capability along with Wi-Fi while there aren’t any 2000 models with 3G capability
The Vita 1000 has an accessory port that’s never been used which might be used sometime in the future
The screen on the 1000 is OLED while the screen on the 2000 is LCD (OLED screens are of better quality according to some)
The brightness range on the 1000’s screen is quite limited so playing in bed might be a little tiring
The START, SELECT and PS buttons on the Vita 2000 are circular and are easier to click in unison compared to the 1000’s buttons (this may be useful to pop up emulator menus)
The Vita 2000’s build quality feels a little cheaper (with the use of lighter plastic)
The Vita 2000 has a micro-USB port rather than the proprietary USB port found on the 1000 which makes charging it easier as you don’t have to have a separate cable from your phone’s
The Vita 2000 has 1GB of internal memory available IF you don’t have a memory card inserted, this disappears afterwards.
The Vita 2000 is slightly thinner, longer and wider
According to official specs, the battery on the 2000 lasts a tad longer than that found on the 1000
There are more colours of the Vita 2000 as compared to the Vita 1000
Apart from the normal colours, there are also some special editions for both the 1000 and 2000 so if you can score a good deal on those, I’d suggest you go for it. An important thing to note is that the battery of the PSVita is quite easily replaceable (by following an online guide such as the one at iFixit) so you can get a Vita with a bad battery if you’re into tinkering. The PSTV has some differences that you will recognise immediately but the key differences that some people trip up on are the fact that it uses Vita memory cards, that the USB port isn’t usable as storage (yet) and that you can use a PSP charger as the power supply for a PSTV. Stay away from cheap Chinese chargers for both Vitas and the PSTV as they might go out of spec and be damaging to your console.
ALL NEW PSVITA CONSOLES COME WITH 3.60 (FW FOR HENkaku) OR BELOW, EVEN THE RECENTLY RELEASED JAPANESE ONES. Chinese Vitas are REGION LOCKED so you can only play Chinese games on them so beware. Other Vitas ARE NOT region locked.
Tl;dr : The differences aren’t that major but you might want to take a look at the fact that the screen is better on the 1k, and the the battery and choice of USB port are better on the 2k
All in all, there are quite a few differences between the two consoles but at heart, they’re mostly the same and of course they can both run HENkaku and all the hacks (such as Adrenaline) available for the Vita system. Both systems are a decent acquisition for anybody interested in gaming, especially portable gaming, and if you can score a good deal on a Vita, you should go for it whatever model it is. It is good to note the differences however because you might prefer a specific model even if it means paying a little more for it. You also have to take into consideration that most cases, covers and some grips don’t work on both models and specific versions exist for each model (1k/2k).
In the end, it’s your choice whether you get a certain model but this guide’s main aim is to demonstrate the various differences between the Vita models. No model is better than the other and as I have mentioned before, it’s all up to your personal preference at the end of the day 🙂
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